Past Events

March 4: Hatching Health - The Great Hatch In Retrospect

IMechE Fellows Kevin Oversby and Kris Gadareh mentored at the second annual Hatching Health competition on March 4, 2017. The event aimed to design and build solutions to the world’s most relevant problems in medicine and bridge the gap between diverse individuals with the goal of solving problems in health care.

Participants were divided into 15 teams of 6 students from multidisciplinary backgrounds in engineering and medicine. There were 6 teams of 4 mentors, mainly faculty and MDs. The event started with a mixer on Friday evening and continued (late into the night!) until the prize ceremony on Sunday afternoon. In the spirit of hackathons, sponsors included Red Bull and Soylent providing energy and meal replacement drinks. Additionally, a wide range of materials were available for prototyping solutions.

Examples of the topics tackled are as follows:

  • Prescreening of suspected skin cancers to reduce the burden on specialists
  • A mechanical aid for fastening clothing zips for disabled people
  • Website browser extension to rank the validity of health websites or blogs
  • Apartment door opening device for partially paralyzed people
  • Tools to monitor and increase adherence to physiotherapy programs
  • Measurement device for urine flow rate in hospitals (current system is manual)

The winners were as follows:

  • The Faculty of Medicine Catalyst Award for best interdisciplinary collaboration went to Opioid Crisis, a team trying to prevent deaths from the Fentanyl overdose.
  • The Genome BC Impact Award for biggest potential healthcare impact went to MommyData, an eHealth literacy tool for new mothers.
  • The Faculty of Applied Science Award for best innovation of the course of the Great Hatch went to one of our finalists, LocoMobility. They successfully prototyped a low-cost device to address pressure ulcers in developing nations.
  • The PHIX Grand Prize for excellence in the Great Hatch went to both BeLeaf and UriKnow. BeLeaf tackled depression through a unique, personalized way of connecting with loved ones and UriKnow focused on urine flow rate monitoring for the busy hospital workplace.
  • The weekend was well organized and generously financially supported.

Also, received from the Hatching Health organizers the following retrospect:

Well, looks like the Great Hatch is over for 2017! It was a whirlwind, so let's recap!

We had an absolute blast with all of our 100 participants, 30 mentors, and 8 judges. We had software engineers, nurses, medical residents, mechanical engineers, designers, data scientists, and numerous more professional and students. From over 30 problems pitched, 15 interdisciplinary teams formed and tackled some well defined and organic problems. They ranged from depression to enabling the visually impaired to improving how people can use a zipper when they have severe difficulty doing so and more.

Our mentors formed mini-groups and did a round of speed dating with all the teams. Teams prototyped late into the night (some all night!). On top of the thousand of dollar worth of prototyping supplies, we had special requests for magnets, load cells, a bike pump, fabric, and other crazy creative stuff. Someone even brought in their own sewing machine!

We had the amazing people from Spira3D, a local 3D printing services company, stay with us from 7am to 10am the next day, helping teams with their modeling and printing needs. Read more at spira3d.com.

Of course, we had to give some prizes! After the teams pitched to an all-star, interdisciplinary panel of semi-finals judges (all female!), we announced three finalists for our PHIX Grand Prize! With a fresh panel of judges, all leaders in industry, academia and non-profit organizations, the final presentations were given followed by the difficult decision of selecting our winners.

The Faculty of Medicine Catalyst Award for best interdisciplinary collaboration went to Opioid Crisis, a team trying to prevent deaths from the Fentanyl overdose!
The Genome BC Impact Award for biggest potential healthcare impact went to MommyData, an eHealth literacy tool for new mothers.
The Faculty of Applied Science Award for best innovation of the course of the Great Hatch went to one of our finalists, LocoMobility! They successfully prototyped a low-cost device to address pressure ulcers in developing nations.
The PHIX Grand Prize for excellence in the Great Hatch went to both BeLeaf and UriKnow! BeLeaf tackled depression through a unique, personalized way of connecting with loved ones, and UriKnow focused on urine flow rate monitoring for the busy hospital workplace.

What a weekend! All of us at Hatching Health are humbled that you decided to join and support us.

So what is next? Over the next year, we will be dedicated to further supporting team’s to implement their ideas in every way possible. Our co-founders, Daniel Raff, Cameron Stuart, and Ameen Amanian will make several resources available including (but not limited to) workshops to further develop ideas from all aspects, entrepreneurship/incubator programs, opportunities for funding (i.e. 4-Month Out Alumni Event), facilities/workspace, mentorship and networking. As major stakeholders in the health technology community, we would love to have you stay involved so please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are able and willing to contribute to the success of these teams. We want to foster the community, and that means growing the fire that sparked at the Great Hatch.

We look forward to seeing you at our next Hatching Health events, and seeing the growth of such impactful projects!

All the best,
Rohit Singla and Arun Dhir (Co-Directors),
Christine Liu (Logistics), Melissa Lachica (Marketing),
Olivia Paserin (Personnel), and Angela Martinez (Graphics)