Innovation

The Disruption Lab: Rapid Development of Technologies through Grassroots Innovation that Redefine Healthcare Post COVID

Jan
29

The Disruption Lab - Rapid Development of Technologies through Grassroots Innovation that Redefine Healthcare Post COVID | Freddy Nguyen, MD, PhD | MIT, Mount Sinai | 2021-01-29

https://thedisruptionlab.com/rapid-innovation-freddy-nguyen-md-phd-mit-mount-sinai-2021-01-29/

Posted By admin read more

American Medical Association Journal of Ethics: Ethics Talk - Hacking Structural Racism in Health Care

Nov
09

American Medical Association Journal of Ethics - Hacking Structural Racism in Health Care - November 9, 2020

Organizers of MIT Hacking Racism in Healthcare talk about design thinking as a way to find solutions to combat structural racism and advance health equity.

https://journalofethics.ama-assn.org/videocast/ethics-talk-hacking-structural-racism-health-care
YouTube
Transcript

Posted By admin read more

MIT News: 3Q: Addressing structural racism in health care as an innovation opportunity

Oct
09

MIT News - Institute Community and Equity Office (ICEO) - Publication Date: October 9, 2020

https://news.mit.edu/2020/3q-addressing-structural-racism-health-care-innovation-opportunity-1009

Far-reaching effects of structural racism can be seen in all facets of American life. This year, as Americans witnessed widespread demonstrations stemming from racial injustice at the hands of officers in law enforcement, a ground swell of conversations about race and pleas for action emerged.

One area in which racism has had significant effects is health care equity, a fact that has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. In light of current events, members of the MIT community involved in the successful hackathons MIT Covid-19 Challenge and MIT Hacking Medicine sought to explore the role of racism embedded in U.S. health care structures. More specifically, how could they tear down racism in health care using proven hackathon methodology traditionally applied to other complex health care problems?

Posted By admin read more

MIT Virtual Alumni Leadership Conference: Mind, Hand, and Heart - MIT Alumni Stories of Inspiration

Oct
09

Barbara Fields, Ani Liu, Emily Young, Freddy Nguyen, Sanjay Vakil - October 9, 2020

In a lightning talk format, alumni and postdocs from various MIT schools, departments, and class years will share personal stories of finding inspiration and taking action during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. Speakers will discuss topics that include MIT Hacking COVID, interdisciplinary research and design, producing and distributing PPEs, supporting nonprofits, and an ambitious project that aims to turn motorcycles into lifesaving devices.

YouTube

Posted By admin read more

Slice of MIT: Hundreds of Teams Converge Online for MIT Covid-19 Challenge Hackathons

Sep
23

Slice of MIT - Ken Shulman - September 23, 2020

https://alum.mit.edu/slice/hundreds-teams-converge-online-mit-covid-19-challenge-hackathons

It was early March 2020. The US and the world were bracing for the outbreak of a dangerous viral pandemic. Most members of the MIT community had left the campus and returned to their homes—many of them to homes abroad. For Alfonso Martinez MBA ’20 and Freddy T. Nguyen, the Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT’s Institute for Medical Engineering and Science and a pathology resident at Mount Sinai Hospital, there was only one logical response: a hackathon.

“We had an impending pandemic that was going to create myriad problems across the globe,” says Nguyen, a co-organizer, along with Martinez, of the MIT Covid-19 Challenge. Since March, the MIT community-led initiative has staged seven hackathons addressing the pandemic. “We needed to define the problems facing us and create a structure that could produce solutions quickly. At the same time, we had hundreds of our people with mad skills confined to their homes with nowhere to apply those skills. From our perspective, a hackathon was a no-brainer.”

Posted By admin read more

Rice Magazine: Pivoting in a Pandemic

Jun
28

Rice Magazine - Freddy Nguyen, David Levin - June 28, 2020

https://magazine.rice.edu/2020/07/pivoting-in-a-pandemic/

As a pathology resident and research scientist, I’m refocusing my work to help evaluate convalescent plasma as a treatment option for COVID-19 patients.

New York is supposed to be the city that never sleeps. Things are supposed to happen around the clock every day of the year — but right now, the entire city is on lockdown. You walk down the street and don’t see a soul. In this town, it feels apocalyptic.

I came to New York in July 2019 as an M.D. and a Ph.D. I had just finished a postdoctoral fellowship at MIT in Boston and was starting a pathology residency at Mount Sinai Hospital, one of the largest hospitals in Manhattan. Before the pandemic set in, I was developing new nanotechnology and imaging techniques to help fight against cancer. But since the beginning of March, I’ve been working nonstop with the rest of my colleagues to fight against COVID-19.

Posted By admin read more

“The People Who Develop a Ventilator that Costs $40,000 Are Probably Not the Best People to Go to to Make that Ventilator cost $400”

Jun
25

Ken Gordon - EPAM Continuum - June 25, 2020 - The Resonance Test 49: Dr. Freddy T. Nguyen and Duncan Freake

https://www.continuuminnovation.com/en/how-we-think/blog/the-people-who-develop-a-ventilator-that-costs-usd40-000-are-probably-not

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a test for innovators. The immense challenges of the situation have called for fast, scalable solutions—and two of the more prominent approaches have come to the fore: open source and crowdsource. In this episode of The Resonance Test, we interrogate some people who’ve played essential roles here. Dr. Freddy T. Nguyen, Co-Director of the MIT COVID-19 Challenge, Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT, and a Pathology Resident at Mount Sinai Hospital, has done tremendous work convening teams from across the globe to crowdsource pandemic-related innovation. His conversation partner is EPAM Continuum’s Duncan Freake, a mechanical engineer who is one of the brains behind the GENTL Mask, our open source design that employs readily available materials and a simple manufacturing process to enable localized manufacturing. Our Ken Gordon peppers the duo with questions and gets some really interesting responses, giving us an important look at how partnerships, humility, and especially networks functioned in their pandemic projects. “The value of a network is really investing in good people who have the right spirit and the right motivations,” says Dr. Nguyen—and we think that these words are not just true: They aptly describe both himself and Duncan.

Posted By admin read more

COVID-19 Hackathon: Common Goals, Uncommon Solutions

May
15

Bayer - May 15, 2020

A medical face shield that monitors doctors digitally for signs of getting sick. A virtual waiting room app to help avoid spreading coronavirus germs among patients. A quick at-home kit with computerized support that could help consumers test and track their immune systems for antibodies against the virus that causes COVID-19. Bayer colleagues work across divisions, continents in COVID-19 hackathon.

These are just a few of the ideas developed by Bayer employees at a recent coronavirus hackathon put on by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and sponsored in part by Bayer’s crop science division, which had so many interested employees it held a spillover extension hackathon complete with its own judging and awards.

While scientists around the world are working to find ways to fight the coronavirus, dozens of experts from Bayer participated in the hackathon to help develop fast, implementable solutions to help slow the spread of the virus and the disease it causes.

https://www.magazine.bayer.com/en/covid-19-hackathon-common-goals,-uncommon-solutions.aspx#sf121143099

Posted By admin read more

MIT News: MIT builds community for the Africa Takes On Covid-19 challenge

May
14

MIT News - Stuart P. Krusell | MISTI | MIT Sloan Global Programs | Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship - May 14, 2020

It all started, like so many things recently, with a Zoom call.

David Capodilupo, assistant dean for MIT Sloan Global Programs (GP); Bill Carter, award-winning filmmaker, author, teacher, and MIT consultant; and Stu Krusell, senior director at GP, were discussing what they could do to support the fight against Covid-19 in Africa. The need was immense. They talked about leveraging the vast network and resources of MIT to help those on the ground in Africa fighting the virus. The question was: How do you bring lots of people together to address this problem? The answer they decided on: a virtual hackathon.

http://news.mit.edu/2020/mit-builds-community-africa-takes-covid-19-challenge-0514

Posted By admin read more

Wide Field: Hacking COVID-19 Solutions for Africa

May
13

ActonTV - Vivian Kobusingye Birchall - May 13, 2020

Host Vivian Kobusingye Birchall chatted with Stuart Krusell, Senior Director of Global Programs at MIT Sloan School of Management; Ari Jacobovits, Managing Director for Africa, MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives; postdoctoral fellow Freddy Nguyen and MBA candidates Benjamin Boutboul and Mercy Ndambuki, about the recently concluded MIT COVID-19 Challenge including solutions created and different ways industry, the public sector innovators and development partners can get involved.

YouTube

Posted By admin read more

How a Few MIT Students Produced One of the Best Hackathons on Covid-19

May
04

True Africa - Claude Grunitzky - May 04, 2020

42% of people in sub-Saharan Africa live on less than $1.90 a day. As the pandemic slowly progresses throughout the continent, with most of the 35,000+ Covid-19 cases concentrated in North Africa and South Africa, a group of MIT students decided to host an “Africa Takes on Covid-19” challenge last weekend. It was the third in a series of MIT-led hackathons designed to create solutions to address critical needs during the Covid-19 crisis.

More than 200 participating teams were selected though the https://covid19challenge.mit.edu application website, with collectives from around the world—drawing from universities, industry, government, and NGOs, among others—volunteering to help create tech driven solutions to address the most critical unmet needs caused by the Covid-19 outbreak across the continent.

https://trueafrica.co/article/how-a-few-mit-students-produced-one-of-the-best-hackathons-on-covid-19/

Posted By admin read more

MIT and VA Partner for COVID-19 Hackathon: Finding solutions through collaboration and innovation

Apr
23

Veterans Health Adminstration - Matthew Razak - April 23, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic requires innovative thinking and problem solving right now. Hackathons are a powerful tool to address these challenges. Earlier this month, VA partnered with MIT and a host of other organizations to put on the MIT COVID-19 Challenge “Beat the Pandemic” Hackathon.

Over 1,400 innovators – leaders in academia, industry and healthcare – came together virtually to develop, design, and solve the most pressing problems facing both vulnerable populations and the health care systems taking care of them.

Powerful display of collaboration and innovation

Winning solutions included:
- a telehealth platform that can help monitor COVID-19 patients in their home self-assessment triaging for patients at home
- a way for multiple patients to use a single ventilator
- a platform that connects those in quarantine with livestreams across the country
- a platform that delivers the latest innovations and medical advice to help hospitals navigate the crisis
- a method for disseminating COVID-19 information to rural clinicians more rapidly

“It was a powerful display of incredible collaboration and innovation in the collective fight against a common enemy. I left the weekend with a newfound hope in our ability to not just help the Veterans we serve but beat the pandemic entirely,” said Suzanne Shirley, VHA Director of Partnerships & Community Engagement.

https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/73988/mit-va-partner-covid-19-hackathon/

Posted By admin read more

Pursuing User Research When Everyone’s in Quarantine

Apr
21

Timothy Berendt, Contributing Columnist and former Director of Innovation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mass. April 21, 2020

Many innovators are struggling with a big question right now: How do you maintain the quality and breadth of your user research when it seems the whole world is under house arrest due to coronavirus? We all know that the innovation and design world rely on interactions with customers and users, through activities like empathy, anthropology, focus groups, and testing. So how do you preserve that input into your process when everybody is locked down?

It’s an ideal moment for getting your team to embrace new tools and approaches. A few examples…

https://www.innovationleader.com/ideation-prototyping-and-pilots/pursuing-user-research-when-everyones-in-quarantine/1343.article

Posted By admin read more

MIT’s COVID-19 Challenge ‘Beat the Pandemic’ Virtual Hackathon

Apr
15

BCG Digital Ventures - April 15, 2020

Co-Director of the MIT COVID-19 Challenge and Resident in Pathology at The Mount Sinai Hospital Freddy Nguyen talks to BCGDV Partner and Managing Director Nate Beyor about the recent MIT Beat the Pandemic Hackathon.

At the beginning of April BCGDV partnered with MIT on their virtual hackathon series ‘Beat the Pandemic’ as part of their COVID-19 challenge. DV’ers from all over the world took part in the 48 hour virtual hackathon that aimed to tackle the most critical problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Co-Director of the ‘COVID-19 Challenge’, Freddy Nguyen, sat down (remotely) with BCGDV Partner, Nate Beyor after the event. They discussed the origin story of the hackathon series and Freddy explained how he mobilized 4500 brilliant minds from 96 countries to apply to take part. They also touch on how this global crisis has accelerated innovation at an incredible speed and examine how some of these changes may play a part long after this crisis has ended.

https://medium.com/bcg-digital-ventures/mits-covid-19-challenge-beat-the-pandemic-virtual-hackathon-d382409ee537

Posted By admin read more

Wall Street Journal: Hackathons Target Coronavirus: Participants tackle global problems from the shortage of ventilators to how to enforce social distancing

Apr
09

Wall Street Journal - Agam Shah - April 9, 2020

Thousands of technology enthusiasts and others are flocking to a new wave of hackathons created to fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

The low-sleep, high-octane sessions have attracted participants world-wide to team up online and suggest solutions to problems such as the equipment shortage for health providers or a better way to track the spread of Covid-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus.

“Everyone is looking at the urgency of the situation,” said Youseph Yazdi, executive director at Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design, which organized a five-day hackathon in the last week of March that attracted 513 teams with 2.331 applicants from 34 countries.

That hackathon was around thematic areas including how to communicate effectively about Covid-19, prevention of transmission within communities and health-care equipment shortages.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/hackathons-target-coronavirus-11586424603

Posted By admin read more

HIMSS TV: MIT creates challenge to 'hack' COVID-19

Apr
08

HIMSS TV - Laura Lovett - April 8, 2020

MIT creates challenge to 'hack' COVID-19

The MIT COVID-19 Challenge searches for ideas to fight the coronavirus via hackathons and virtual events.

https://www.healthcareitnews.com/video/mit-creates-challenge-hack-covid-19

Posted By admin read more

MIT Catalysts Podcast: MIT COVID-19

Apr
07

MIT Northern Club of California - Julia Yoo - April 7, 2020

In the the first of a special series about MIT community members on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, host Julia Yoo sits down with Dr. Freddy Nguyen, a postdoctoral Fellow at MIT and a resident physician at Mount Sinai Hospital. Nguyen talks about the MIT COVID19 Challenge and being on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York.

https://www.mitcatalysts.org/2020/06/19/freddy-nguyen/
https://www.buzzsprout.com/615046/3271372-freddy-nguyen

Posted By admin read more

AbelsonTaylor partners with the MIT COVID19 Challenge 48 Hour Hackathon

Apr
07

AbelsonTaylor - Danielle Jamil - April 7, 2020

The MIT COVID-19 Challenge came to life last weekend. The 48-hour virtual event hosted 1,500 hackers and created 238 teams to address COVID-19 challenges within 10 focus tracks. Participants came from over 96 countries and 49 states, each dealing with different stages of COVID-19 in their communities and made for a richly diverse array of proposed solutions.

Partners, sponsors and over 250 volunteer mentors worked the weekend to provide research and development resources to teams throughout. “The spirit of a healthcare hack is about democratizing innovation. We realize the potential of design thinking and distributive problem solving as a way to incite entrepreneurship. We want to help bring new approaches to some of the hardest human challenges.”, said Freddy Nguyen, MD, PHD, Co-Director MIT COVID-19 Challenge.

As a resident at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, Freddy is on the front lines of the global health pandemic. With only 3 weeks to plan, he and co-organizers Alfonso Martinez, Stephanie MacConnell, Paul Cheek realized that there was a serious need to initiate a virtual hackathon to address the current crisis, and the idea for the MIT COVID-19 Challenge was born.

https://www.abelsontaylor.com/blog/mit-hack/

Posted By admin read more

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Innovation