Jugaad-a-thon: Innovation Battleground For Affordable Medical Tech

India has the highest number of under-five deaths in the world, with 1.4 million children dying before reaching their fifth birthday, according to the United Nation’s Millenium Development Goals Report 2014. Developing innovative medical technologies in the area of reproductive, maternal, newborn & child health for low and middle income countries was the focus of a 48-hour hackathon called ‘jugaad-a-thon’ organised by CAMTech India.

1054 professionals including clinicians, engineers and entrepreneurs participated in the hackathon organised in partnership with Glocal Healthcare and hosted at GE’s John F Welch Technology Centre in Bangalore. This video shows participants (who consumed 12,588 cups of coffee) hard at work and sharing their ideas:

At the end of the event 106 ideas were developed by these cross-disciplinary teams whose task was to create functional prototypes in the 48 hour period. While the output of the event has not been made public yet, some participants did share pictures of their work on twitter.

The event was judged by an eight member panel, comprising officials from GE and CAMTech India, who declared an innovation called ‘BabySteps’ the winner of the Rs. 2,50,000 award. BabySteps is a unique and integrated mobile app for early diagnosis of developmental delays in children across India.

CAMTech is planning another hackathon in Uganda next month, which will be followed up by an entrepreneur “boot camp” in India in December for some of its’ most promising innovators.

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