Camtech Jugaadathon - Improving Healthcare for the Urban Poor

March 12, 2017


Hundreds of global health innovators gathered in five cities across India on March 11-12th, 2017 for the country’s largest multi-city healthcare hack-a-thon. During CAMTech-X: Jugaadathon, more than 500 engineers, clinicians, entrepreneurs, designers and public health innovators from across India, Africa and the U.S. convened in New Delhi, Manipal, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Bhubaneswar to help expand healthcare access for the urban poor. The event marked the first time that CAMTech, in partnership with Lattice Innovations and with sponsorship support from GE Healthcare, took its successful model of medtech hack-a-thons and exponentially expanded its reach and impact across India. (Courtesy: CAMTech)

Based at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Global Health department, CAMTech is a global network of academic, clinical, corporate, government and non-profit partners, working together to drive health innovation around the world. Collaborating across sectors and geographies, CAMTech identifies pressing clinical needs from the field, crowdsources innovative solutions, and accelerates the cycle from idea to patient impact. (Courtesy: CAMTech)

Manipal University’s hackathon had nearly 150 participants from eleven MU institutions – aside from twenty mentors and six judges from the heads of colleges.  Team members from Delhi, Boston, and Uganda also participated and observed the event.

There were simultaneous Hackathons in IITBombay, IIIT Delhi, IKP Bangaluru, and KIIT Bhuvaneshwar.  Manipal topped all the other institutions in the number of Problem Statements (#65) generated by our participants and the largest number of Teams (#19) pitched their final presentations.  

This was made possible due to the students, mentors, and working team comprising Chythra Rao (KMC), Keerthana Prasad (SOIS), H Hebbar (MUTBI), A Vittaleshwar (MIT), Elsa Sanatombi (Nursing) and Kumar Sumit (Public Health), and the student volunteer team "Student Entrepreneurship Cell" lead by Sushrut Tathavadkar. The Innovation Center will host seventeen MU teams (two from VIT) who will prototype and develop their ideas further over the next 6 months.