Thursday, April 6, 2017

RIT Hackathon-like Challenges Students to Envision Health Innovation

First held at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2008, the Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival produces amazing innovations every year. This time around, the innovation contest is a health innovation challenge. RIT President Bill Destler has challenged students to develop a lifestyle app, physical device, or really anything that improves health in some way.

Like a hackathon, past challenges have focused on things like building or modifying the fastest electric vehicles, building drones that are then put through an obstacle course, and creating products that allow people with differing abilities to participate more fully in society.

The prize for this year’s event, which is now underway, has a unique twist. On the line is $1,000 cash or an antique banjo from Destler’s personal collection. You might say that the winner will have some pickin’ to do. Read more on this article.

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