CSAD Masters student attends 2017 Yale Healthcare Hackathon

Through the Santander Outward Mobility scheme at Cardiff Met, CSAD Masters Product Design student Alex Hirst attended the 2017 Yale Healthcare Hackathon hosted by CBIT and Yale School of Medicine.

The event was a three-day Hackathon where participants formed teams to tackle unmet needs in the healthcare space. These collaborations happened over a 24-hour timeframe before giving a final short presentation to fellow participants, judges and organisers.

Alex writes: ‘The unmet need we tackled was to help asthmatic children, as young as three years old, communicate key health information to their parents. We settled on the idea of designing a smart bracelet that monitors air pollution, mapping time points and location, thus empowering parents with information on areas of risk in their child’s day-to-day environment. It was an intense three days however ultimately very rewarding especially as we won the ‘Careers, Life and Yale’ prize! ‘

Team image (Left to Right): Alex Hirst, Marcus Ihemdi, Tianyi Yuan, Suparit Sunpongsri and Julia Spinnenweber
Photo Credit: JR Logan from Make Haven