Hackathons

PennApps, 2014:

My teammates and I created a device that continuously takes biometric readings of an infant wearer while he/she sleeps: body temperature, motion, and waking times. The persona that this product serves is mainly infants born with a congenital heart defect. The data is collected via bluetooth output from the Lilypad Arduino embedded in the product (which we named: BabyJamas), and the data is accessible to parents via a web interface. Aside from providing day-to-day monitoring of a child’s sleep health, the device helps parents and their healthcare provider(s) determine and assess the child’s well being if and when abnormalities are detected in the biological patterns recorded. 

As part of my thesis project on incorporating design (verb), designers, and participants from other disciplines into tech innovation events, I conducted a design intervention where I utilized design thinking methods in the first part of the hackathon along with my teammates. We focused heavily on collaborating at the beginning where we identified an opportunity, brainstormed on solutions and conceived our prototype. We created our prototype in less than 48 hours (yes including the sewing-part of StitchFest!):

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