Ann Arbor Health Hacks
The A2 Health Hacks is a health-focused hackathon held in Ann Arbor, MI. I participated in the 2016 competition, where I formed a team on-site to tackle prototyping a VR solution to administer EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) therapy. One of the keynote speakers, Dr. Hamid Ghanbari, specializes in patients with implantable defibrillators, and was seeking a solution to make EMDR therapy more accessible to patients suffering from PTSD after the implantation of the defibrillator.
Within 24 hours, our team was able to present a Google Cardboard app that provided a basis for remotely administered EMDR therapy. I gave a 5-minute presentation on our design process, and we finished in 2nd place. In the ensuing months, we did more market research and development on our potential product with some resources that were given as part of our prize package.
The organizing committee provided us with unlimited brainstorming materials (like Post-its!), which our team used to our full advantage. These are some snippets from our brainstorming sessions during the intense evening.