Mobility and Sensing for All (MSA)
Connecting patients and the community
“I exist, I am important, I can contribute.”
About the Event:
The “Hacking for Mobility and Sensing (MSA)” event will be held on April 28th, 2019, Sunday. This one-day event aims at connecting people with physical disabilities and thinkers, developers, students, businesses and communities. This event is a great opportunity for connecting patients with physical disabilities and bright minds from our communities to bring solutions for painpoints of people living with disabilities. It aims to create opportunities for broader inclusion of people who have different types of sensing or mobility challenges, both in developed and developing countries. In this event, people with technical and non-technical backgrounds will get together in an inspiring environment to brainstorm about projects that address challenges related to physical disabilities. Videos and testimonies of patients suffering from limitations related to their conditions should set the stage for broader discussions on projects whose layout should be developed in teams during the Hackathon event. Prizes will be given to the best projects. All meals during the event will be served free of charge. “Hacking for Mobility and Sensing (MSA)” is a student-led initiative at MIT Sloan that has as its mission of improving the quality of life and inclusion in the society of individuals living with physical disabilities.
Outcomes of this event should impact and change lives of others to the better. Through this event, we are engaging the community with physical disabilities to participate in the event and "tell their story"/share their challenges with people who can help them. We are also engaging students, professors and scientists who have been working on projects to assist people with physical disabilities to come over to share their ideas and brainstorm on strategies to improve their work.
Challenges for Event Participants:
Groups will work through different challenges for people with physical disabilities aiming at solving painpoints that are common to different people. There will be four categories of participants in the event:
PATIENTS: People with physical disabilities (some struggle with problems for which technological solutions can be helpful and others have overcome some challenges and want to share with others how they did it).
HACKERS: MIT scientists / professors, students, researchers, designers, data / robotics' scientists, health care professionals (physicians, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, EMT, etc) social workers, entrepreneurs, marketing and business people who are open to brainstorm on models to solve problems.
MENTORS: People who have expertise in an area of knowledge interest of the event.
PRODUCERS OF MEDICAL ASSISTIVE DEVICES: Producers of assistive devices who can pitch for problems that they were unable to solve by themselves
Specific challenges that hackers will work on during this Hackathon are:
ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING: Stroke, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, arthritis, cancer. Need for appropriate devices or tools to improve mobility of hands.
ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING: Stroke. Need for appropriate devices to improve mobility of lower extremities or adaptation to shoes.
ACCESS AND MOBILITY: Circulation problem leading to amputation of lower extremity. Need for devices or tool to help navigate inaccessible terrains, ramps, to help find the right prosthetics post-recent amputation.
SENSORY CHALLENGE: Disease leading to difficulty to see during the night or to improve notion of visual depth. Need for devices or tools to allow adaptation for visual impairment or sensory integration issues.
SAFETY, LEISURE: Hemophilic arthritis. Need for device or tools to protect joints from bleeding at sports.
SAFETY, DIAGNOSIS: Hemophilic arthritis. Need for devices or tools to diagnose whether there is a bleeding into a joint.
ANY MOBILITY OR SENSORY CHALLENGE raised by a person known by the group of hackers which has not been specified above.
Outcomes of the Event:
We hope the patients’ stories of challenges as well as pioneer projects of participants can inspire participants to, 1, Think of ways to technically improve existing projects, or, 2, Use this information as a seed for innovative ("out-of-the-box") ideas.
There will be prizes and winner certificates for each of the two categories of challenges. The first prize is $2,500 USD (upon merit).
The final outcome of the event by the participants will be the outline of a project that is an innovative idea or that builds upon an existing project refining/improving it.Learn more at https://bit.ly/2OTqGkW
Medical Doctor, Rehabilitation Specialist, Author of "I Decided to Live"
Passionate supporter of Jaipur Foot, a charity that issues free artificial limbs
Founder and executive director of “Prosthetics For Change”
Co-Founder of “Dreaming on the Waves", Surfer, works with multifunctional boards
Thank you to our attendees and sponsors. Your support of this cause means a lot to our community.