Health and Wellness Innovation 2011

Health and Wellness Innovation 2011

New Media Medicine's second annual Health and Wellness Innovation activity was held at the MIT Media Lab in January 2011. Eleven teams took their ideas for patient empowerment from concept to prototype in just two weeks. Their exciting results have been captured in a series of videos that we will be releasing in regular blog posts throughout this month. Here is the intro video to get things rolling.

Thanks to Max Wagenblass and his team for all of their hard work in producing the videos and GlaxoSmithKline for their support.


Video Transcript:

The 2nd Annual Health and Wellness Innovation Activity at the MIT Media Lab is a two-week project marathon in which participants are challenged to build technologies that enable people to take better control of their health. This year there were more than 30 participants coming from MIT Media Lab sponsor companies including GlaxoSmithKline, Humana, Motorola, EMC, and Cisco, and from academic institutions including MIT, Harvard, Tufts, and Boston University. Twelve teams worked tirelessly on projects that addressed important problems such as obesity, cardiac rehabilitation, Parkinson’s Disease management, and patient data privacy. In just two weeks, all the teams made extraordinary accomplishments that allowed them to create working prototypes of their ideas.   

The goal of the Health and Wellness Innovation Activity is to serve as a springboard for great ideas. Projects in the field of health can often be difficult to develop due to the level of medical expertise and technical infrastructure required. During this activity, we provide participants with the medical guidance they need to quickly start their projects. In addition, New Media Medicine is developing CollaboRhythm, a new platform for care delivery that gives participants an infrastructure for fast prototyping.

The projects do not end after the two-week hack-a-thon. Many participants will take their prototypes to the next level in the following semester. To help with their search for funding and collaborators, we helped each team produce a one-minute video about their project. Check out the innovative ideas that came out of this year’s activity—we are proud of their accomplishments.