MIT Hacking Medicine, Medstro and Quantified Self Boston today announced that they are teaming up to launch the first ever “Wearables Week” focusing on the use of wearables to create innovative healthcare solutions.
Wearables Week will be held April 21-26, 2015 at venues around Kendall Square and will feature three unique events showcasing the latest wearable technology and their applications in improving patient outcomes, clinician work flow and medical research.
The first event of the week is the “Show and Tell” to be held by Quantified Self Boston on April 21 at 6PM at Microsoft NERD in Kendall Square. With over 1,500 members, Quantified Self Boston is the 4th largest Quantified Self Meetup Group in the world (after San Francisco, New York and London). This event showcases the latest wearables, including live demonstrations, presentations on innovative uses of wearable technology and a “social hour”. If you are self-tracking in any way—health stats, biofeedback, life-logging, mood monitoring, biometrics, athletics, etc.—come and share your methods, results and insights.
In the second iteration of this event following on the huge success of last year’s “Google Glass Challenge“, Google and Medstro widen the focus to include all wearable technology, regardless of manufacturer or OS. The submission deadline for the online portion of this year’s challenge is this Saturday, March 14, and there are already 65 amazing submissions, surpassing last year by 20. For two weeks after March 14, you, the “crowd” will get to vote on your favorites along with a panel of expert judges. The top eight finalists will be invited to pitch their idea live at Google’s Cambridge Center campus in Kendall Square on April 23. This event will also feature a “networking & demonstration” happy hour with hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine. You’ll be able to try on the latest brain sensing headbands, myoelectric gesture sensing input devices, wearable body temperature trackers and fitness trackers – plus some secret new stuff from Google! Tickets are now available for the Wearables in Healthcare Pilot Challenge. Last year the event sold out and had a waiting list of 60+, so reserve your tickets early!
MIT Hacking Medicine has been organizing health hackathons since 2011 but the 2014 “Medicine’s Grand Hackfest” was by far their biggest event ever. They brought together over 400 developers, clinicians and entrepreneurs from as far away as Uganda for a three-day event that allowed teams to “hack” solutions to today’s pressing healthcare problems.
This year, MIT Hacking Medicine aims to go even bigger with their “Grand Hack” event, to be held April 24-26 at the MIT Media Lab in Kendall Square. Similar to last year, there will be four tracks: “Telehealth”, ”Global Health”, ”Primary Care” and “Wearables.” Teams in each of these tracks will compete for awards in their track, and an overall winner will also be crowned.
If you’ve got healthcare domain expertise, hacking skills, are a sales & marketing guru or just want to experience the thrill of being in a room surrounded by brilliant people for a weekend, join a team and feel the electricity of one of Boston’s biggest and brainiest hackathons!
Jim Ryan has spent the past 20 years building global markets for US-based telecommunications and enterprise technology companies. Mr. Ryan exited five startups (2 IPOs, 2 acquisitions, 1 Chapter 11) and now uses his expertise as one of the three founding partners of Farpoint Ventures helping startups from the US quickly build global sales channels and bring in revenues from overseas markets. Mr. Ryan has closed over $1B in export business for startups.Mr. Ryan holds a Bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a Master's degree from Osaka University. He is a native speaker of Japanese, and is conversational in Mandarin Chinese and French.In between meetings, he has climbed Mt. Rainier three times, finished the Boston Marathon and Cape Cod Marathon, climbed Mt. Washington in all four seasons and hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon 10 times. He holds a Private Pilot license and enjoys flying his Cessna 172 around New England and beyond.
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