Calling all Huskies

At Monday’s Bouvé Dean’s Sem­inar Series, Judith Salerno of the Insti­tute of Med­i­cine (IOM) pre­sented a chal­lenge to North­eastern stu­dents and their peers around the nation.

The Go Viral for Improving Health­care chal­lenge asks health sci­ences stu­dents to col­lab­o­rate with  stu­dents in other fields like com­puter sci­ences and engi­neering to develop web or mobile apps that could impact the health of their communities.

I know North­eastern stu­dents are already well versed in this kind of work: from the iPhone app that detects blood con­tents like sugar and sodium, which Matt Dubach designed along with biology pro­fessor Heather Clark, to the SQUID shirt devel­oped by an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary team of stu­dents that tracks phys­ical activity and uploads the data to an Android app.

Last year a team of under­grads from NYU won the con­test with their SleepBot mobile app, which detects sleep quality by tracking night­time body move­ments as you toss and turn.

This year, the win­ners of the chal­lenge will be awarded a $10K prize along with an on-​​stage pre­sen­ta­tion at the IOM’s Health “Dat­a­palooza” in DC, June 5–6. Last year’s win­ners also had the bonus prize of job offers and com­mer­cial­iza­tion of their app by a major company.

So, get to it Huskies. I want to be writing about your apps soon!