Winners of XdHacks 2019
KENKO - Grand Prize
First of all, we would like to thank the organizers, sponsors, and mentors of XdHacks for providing such a great experience! Sustainable health was an interesting topic to think about and we settled on targeting the sustainability of BC’s healthcare system by building a React Native app that helps patients better manage their rheumatoid arthritis. We chose rheumatoid arthritis because biologic drugs have risen to become BC’s costliest publicly-funded drugs (80 to 182 million from 2011-2017), while also demonstrating a poor adherence rate (11-65%). Going forward, we will dive more into the research at the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and see what we can learn about building and improving on patient engagement apps like KENKO. A special shout-out to Dr. Mary De Vera and her colleagues for some of their work in rheumatoid arthritis and medication adherence! Our team would like to thank all of our peers who came to this event—there were many interesting projects, and we enjoyed listening to all of the pitches!
Alice Hsieh - CompSci & Business
Christopher Chen - Design & CompSci (first hackathon!)
Jatin Suneja - CompSci
Kunal Aildasani - CompSci
John Lee - CompSci & Pharmacy
CogniTrack - Silver Prize + Best use of Hesura
We had an amazing overall experience. We formed our team the night before the hackathon through the Slack team-formation channel, and we met for the first time during XdHacks. Our team was quite diverse. We truly embodied the cross-disciplinary nature of the hackathon; we each brought unique experiences and perspectives to the table that allowed us to approach our project from a variety of angles allowing us to create a comprehensive solution to the problem that we identified. XdHacks gave us the unique opportunity to work with each other, something that would never happen in our normal day-to-day studies.
CogniTrack monitors changes in cognitive impairment for patients diagnosed with dementia. This is done through a series of questions assessing the patient’s memory, counting, reasoning, language skills and overall mood. This data is analyzed, packaged into a report, and sent to a caregiver or family member. The goal? To allow families to monitor their loved ones ensuring they receive the best support and care as their state progresses.
Amir Abdi - PhD Candidate of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Kattie Sepehri - Computer Science
Miriam Wagner Valladolid - Cognitive Systems
Karina Perez - Arts History
Harrison Lee - Business and Computer Science
MedEye - Bronze Prize
For most of our team, it was our first time participating in a hackathon! Only Leonidas had some experience attending a hackathon. So when we were told that we were going into the final round we were very surprised! It was not something we had anticipated. This made the experience of coming third much more incredible. The event itself was great, there was a ton of resources and everyone was driven and talented. We really learned a lot and felt challenged as a team to do better. Furthermore the slack channels made it really easy for us to keep track of what was happening.
Our project was to create a mobile application that could process images (i.e. a picture captured on the phones camera) of the box of a drug/ prescription to find out what the ingredients are and their side effects, and also what alternatives were available in the market, how chemically, similar those alternatives are the the subject in the picture, and how much they cost.
Jackson Dagger - PhD Candidate of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Jialin Tang - Computer Science
Andrew Liu - Cognitive Systems
Leonidas J Zhang - Arts History
Siqi Wang - Business and Computer Science
AcaMEDia - Best domain registered with domain.com
Congratulations to the winners of XdHacks 2019!