Charles Clarke, an undergraduate at Harvard College and our youngest finalist, asks an important question: “Imagine waking up in the morning and a friend reminding you of your schedule for the upcoming activities for the day.” Now imagine you have Alzheimer’s – you can see just how powerful this simple idea is.
Charles’ device would provide order to the daily activity of a patient with Alzheimer’s or dementia in a friendly, familiar voice. It would also monitor that activity to ensure that the patient is eating properly and taking medications. A GPS receiver could also warn a family and care team if the patient wanders outside of their normal living area.
By involving the entire care team, including family members, Charles has also earned the Medstro Prize of $1,000 in addition to advancing to the Final Smackdown on April 23.
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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