Freddy T. Nguyen, MD, PhD

Research Fellow @ Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Physician-scientist developing biophotonics and nano technologies for functional precision medicine to provide the right treatment to the right patient at the right time.

AbelsonTaylor partners with the MIT COVID19 Challenge 48 Hour Hackathon

AbelsonTaylor partners with the MIT COVID19 Challenge 48 Hour Hackathon

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.

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