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ALS Assistive Technology Hackathon – Applications due by September 28

The City of Cambridge is hosting a Hackathon October 6-7, 2017 for all Engineering, CompSci. PT, OT, and SLP students in the area. What is a hackathon? This event brings students and technology makers, together with ALS patients, clinicians and technology experts to work towards designing novel, effective and accessible technological solutions that could have a transformative effect on the day-to day lives of ALS patients, their families, and care givers. There will be cash prizes.

If interested, please find out more and submit your application online by September 28, 2017.

 

What is this hackathon?

The hackathon will bring students and makers, together with ALS patients, clinicians and technology experts to work towards designing novel, effective and accessible technological solutions that could have a transformative effect on the day-to-day lives of ALS patients, their families and care givers.

 

What will be the prize?

The winning projects will be selected by a team of ALS patients, clinicians, business and technology experts. Each of the winning teams will receive a monetary prizes of $1000 and the opportunity and additional funding to further develop their idea.

 

How will the idea become a prototype?

Following the hackathon, the teams will work together to refine their solutions by discussions with patients, clinicians and technological experts. Then, the teams will perform a demo to a panel of experts. The three best teams will be chosen and each will receive a $5000 funding for the development of a prototype. The final contest will take place on June 2018 and the best technology will be awarded by a $10,000 prize.