Thank you for being part of the i4h:2017

We had a great time hosting the 2017 Health Hack Competition! The prototypes created by the 15 innovator teams were exceptional, and we are excited to see how all of you progress. We would like to thank all of our challenge champions for providing all of the great challenges and guiding the innovators through the solution design process. We would also like to extent a big thank your to all volunteers, judges, and sponsors - without whom none of this would have been possible. And of course a big thanks too all innovators!

2017 Winners - A better IV pole


Team IV Pole renamed Alaunis Medical Solutions was challenged by Dr. Sean McFadden, a surgeon in the Thoracic Department at Foothills hospital, to redesign an IV pole. The current model was creating issues for the nurses because of immense wire tangling and an inefficient user interface. These issues caused the nurses to spend their valuable time rearranging tubes/wires on the IV pole. Our team consisted of eight members with diverse backgrounds ranging from business to engineering from the mechanical, electrical, and biomedical streams to biochemistry and health sciences. The solution consists of three concepts: directionality, automation, and modularity. Directionality was applied to our design through the organization of the pole into a nurse and patient side thereby creating a focal point for the wires and tubes to be directed at the patient, and a clean user interface for the nurse with all the monitors facing one direction. Automating the design enabled the IV pole to sense the patient’s movement and automatically adjust/rotate the focal point of tubes towards the patient. Finally, the implementation of modularity in our design allowed for a nurse to set up the IV pole based on patient needs and the nurse’s preferences using various attachments. This all came together in the prototype showcased on pitch day, named the LIVE pole. Our team is incredibly excited and thankful to I4H for giving us this opportunity to continue working and developing the LIVE pole.

2nd Place - Wiring Wizards

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We have all been there, you throw your headphones, laptop charger, and phone charger into your bag and when you reach in to pull out just your headphones, everything comes out in a big tangled mess. Now instead of headphones, imagine the items as expensive tools in the operating room. Every single day operating tables become cluttered with tangled cables, frustrating the surgical team, delaying surgical times and putting expensive instruments at risk of falling out of the sterile field. In North America alone, there are approximately 10-12 million cases that use this equipment every year.

We have proposed a simple, affordable, and universal solution called the Calgary MagSleeve.

Our team of engineers, healthcare professionals, and scientists have designed an intuitive sterile sleeve system that not only bundles cables and cords together for easy organization, but also allows mounting of cables back to a magnetic bar under the drapes for safe storage of tools when they aren’t in use, protecting them from inadvertently falling out of the sterile field. The universal magnetic bar can be adjusted and clamped to any part of the operating table. By preventing the cable nest from ever forming during the procedure, the MagSleeve has the potential to drastically improve time efficiency, protect sterile tools and decrease frustrations for the surgical team

3rd Place - Christmas Tree Lock

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Our team was challenged to find a better solution for securing catheters to Christmas tree adapters in Veterinary ORs. The motivation behind this challenge was to develop a faster, safer, and easier to use system with the overall objective of saving time and improving safety during critical life-saving veterinary procedures.

Our team was comprised of four members bringing diverse expertise to the drawing board:

  • Parthiv Amin B.Sc.Eng, M.A.Sc., E.I.T, MD student, with experience in engineering design, prototyping, and manufacturing.
  • Gary Gress Mech. Eng. PhD Candidate, with experience in mathematical modelling, engineering design, and prototyping.
  • Janica Echavez Mech. Eng. Undergraduate student, with experience in mechatronics, project management and marketing.
  • Sophie Hu B.H.Sc, M.Sc. Candidate, and Project Specialist at the Hunter Hub, with experience in project management, research, and fundraising.

Drawing on our collective knowledge and expertise, we designed CathLock, a low-cost, intuitive, safe, and tool-less device that snaps on in under 5 seconds to securely fasten catheters to the adapters. As added benefits, CathLock is sterilisable, reusable, and mass-producible using low cost materials. Next steps for our team include working with our challenge sponsors in Veterinary Medicine to test and validate our design, evaluating the commercial potential of this device along with any medico-legal factors that need to be addressed, and laying some of the framework for a potential future business to bring a product to market.

People's Choice Award - Decoding Seizure Activity

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Recently, novel 3D electrodes have been developed for detecting neural activity with high spatial and temporal resolution. These electrodes could predict a seizure before it happens. This team labelled preictal and interictal events, and then used machine learning to predict seizure events with 2-minute window.