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Introducing Medical Technology Innovation Process in India

In March 2013, the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech), in partnership with H@cking Medicine at MIT and Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), held its first medtech hack-a-thon in India.  The hack-a-thon brought together over 400 engineers, clinicians and entrepreneurs to work on defined clinical challenges put forth by the Biocon Foundation’s community health program and clinicians in Uganda, including: virtual monitoring for at risk newborns, low-cost digital microscope tools, remote consultations, diabetic diagnostic screening, cardiovascular risk-assessment mapping, tuberculosis (TB) diagnostics, cervical cancer screening and oral cancer diagnostics.

Mentors – corporate, clinical and technical – worked with the teams on their medical technologies over a 48-hour period to develop prototypes, better understand clinical needs and settings, and map out business models that would allow for scale, widespread public health impact and sustainability.  At the end of the two-day event, teams presented to a panel of judges who evaluated the pitches based on technical innovation, clinical impact and commercial viability.  Nine prizes were awarded to teams that had developed novel solutions to impact health in low- and middle-income countries and beyond.

The winning teams included:

First Place Winner:

Model of Oxygen Mask

Top Three Winners:

  1. Wireless Health – Wireless monitoring of newborns
  2. LoPoScope
  3. Asthma NO Strip


  1. Diagnostic Kit for the Detection of Neonatal Sepsis
  2. Instant Affordable Blood Hemoglobin Sensor
  3. Tuberculosis Detecting Electronic Kit
  4. Biosensor for the early detection of cervical cancer
  5. The lonely paradox: DR detection

The Vice-Chancellor of Vellore Institute of Technology said, “(CAMTech) helped start something very unique and totally new in the academic institutions in this part of the world that has an excellent potential to grow big. Thanks to all of you, hack-a-thons have started making a solid impact at VIT.”

“This was the best weekend of my life!”
– Hack-a-thon Participants