Third Annual Healthcare Hackathon
Research and Ideas for Better Public Health
The St. Francis College Healthy Habits Club and Center for Entrepreneurship hosted the Third Annual Healthcare Entrepreneur Hackathon April 21, 2017 which featured research presentations by students as well as entrepreneurial pitches by students looking to introduce their ideas into the health care marketplace.
The day began with Health Promotion & Healthcare Management students presenting their independent behavioral research and continued with a pitch contest by more than a dozen students. Ideas ranged from STYLo, a detachable clothing accessory to hold an inhaler, designed by Karl Bastien and Toniann Bassier, which won First Place to Second Place winner Stephanie Thomas' idea, SheSample, an easier way for women to collect urine samples.
Third Place went to Amanda Lawrence for her product line, West Indie, a company that specializes in all natural beauty products made from ingredients found in the small town of Point Fortin in Trinidad and Tobago.
Health Care Management Professor Michelle Montecalvo and Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship Eda Sanchez-Persampieri organized the day of activities, which also included peer to peer networking and an entrepreneur lecture.