Providing essential healthcare services in a populated country like India is a herculean task. But the interesting fact is having a larger population and a larger user/consumer base is going to really make the process of providing healthcare more efficient and easier. With the right innovation, we can overcome the bottleneck of having only limited number of qualified healthcare professionals.
Grapes, being a forerunner in the healthcare space with a mission to improve the efficiency of healthcare delivery in India, conducted a 2 day hackathon in association with ‘Kerala Startup Mission’ with a focus on healthcare. The two days, saw participants from diverse fields coming together and building solutions under the following three themes:
- Rural Healthcare
- Self Care Solutions
- Pregnancy And Child Care
Various ideas were pitched on day 1 around the 3 themes. Participants choose an idea which they liked and teamed up for working on the same. The next 24 hours was about intense mentoring to build a prototype or business model out of the idea. The teams interacted with different mentors including doctors and fine tuned their solution. The whole exercise was about fixing the information gap between these innovators and the healthcare industry. A recent CNBC article said ‘Doctor’s are asking silicon valley engineers to spend time in hospitals before building apps.’ To make better solutions for healthcare, makers need to collaborate more with doctors and other healthcare professionals.
After an overnight brainstorming the teams pitched the final solutions by the second day before an eminent panel of judges which included Dr. Biju Ravindran, a senior consultant in neuro rehabilitation and Jerald Nepoleon, CEO of Grapes. After the pitching session, judges had a difficult time assessing the teams and choosing a winner. Team ‘Svasth’ became the winner with an app which acts as a health assistant. The team members included Caroline Maria John, Durga, Aleesha and Aswin from ‘TKM College of Engineering, Kollam’ and ‘Muthoot Institute of Technology & Science’.
The runner up for the event was the team of Shahana and Sawad from GEC, Thrissur who presented an interesting model for connecting budding engineers with healthcare providers. An app which was a baby’s assistant by Vineeth and Raghesh got special recognition from judges and media.
The hackathon came into fruition as long term partnerships started forming as a result of it. The team Airdrop by Rabbi and Sameer went ahead by partnering with Grapes for taking their solutions to a larger market.