• Bangalore
  • 28 July 2014
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  • By Ayesha

A jugaad-a-thon for open innovation

CAMTech India in association with GE healthcare organised a hack-a-thon between July 19-20, 2014 at the GE’s John F. Welch Research Centre


The Jugaad-a-thon's non-stop "48 hours of innovation" brought together engineers, doctors and entrepreneurs

Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech) organised a jugaad-a-thon, a medical technology hack-a-thon to drive innovation in reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. The event was hosted by GE healthcare India.

The Jugaad-a-thon's non-stop "48 hours of innovation" brought together 250 engineers, doctors and entrepreneurs. After two days of around-the-clock work by participants and mentors, 34 new potential solutions were presented to a panel of judges - ranging from new tools for antenatal care to disruptive technologies for newborn asphyxia.

"The energy and level of innovative thinking in this hack-a-thon surpassed any expectation we had," said Ms Elizabeth Bailey, director, CAMTech. She continued, "Over these 48 hours, we saw clinical challenges drive innovative ideas, which then spawned new life-saving technologies for women and children in India. The Jugaad-a-thon was open innovation at its best."

Mr Vikram Damodaran, director, healthcare innovation, India and GE Healthcare South Asia said, "We have seen several new creative ideas in just 48 hours that can change the way we look at reproductive, maternal and infant care. It is a completely new experience for us and we believe co-creation of solutions can accelerate affordable healthcare innovation. We are very pleased to have been a part of this program led by CAMTech INDIA. We hope to do more 'Jugaad-a-thons' to promote open innovation and co-creation in healthcare industry."

The winners of the event was:


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