Medical Device Hackathon popularly known as MEDHA concluded on 27th May & 28th May 2023 at MIT School of Bioengineering (MITBIO), MIT-ADT University, Pune. MEDHA is an initiative of BETiC- Biomedical Engineering and Technology Incubation Centre at IIT Bombay. It is a two-day Hackathon whose main aim is to identify young medical device innovators. Students from various streams like medical engineering, Bioengineering, and industrial design team together and come up with indigenous cost-effective medical devices which can impact human health.
The chief guest of the function was Mr. Suhas Tamras, the Vice President of Tata Elxsi. Other dignitaries present during the event were Dr. Brigadier Raj Kumar Sir, Director of Academics, KEM hospital, Pune, Prof. Dhimant Panchal, the chair professor from MIT Institute of Design, MIT-ADT University, Pune Dr. Mangesh Karad, Executive President, MIT-ADT University, Dr. Sunil Rai, Vice Chancellor, MIT-ADT University.
The chief organizers of the event were Prof. Vinayak Ghaisas, Director, MITBIO and Dr. Renu Vyas, Head of School, MITBIO.
Mr. Suhas Tamras inspired participants and students for making India the center of Medical Device Innovation and discussed the need for multidisciplinary knowledge in the Healthcare sector. He explained that innovation plays an important role in order to sustain in this industry. He claimed the change in the approach of FDA approvals is due to the recent innovative approaches from the newly emerging young startups and individuals.
Dr. Raj Kumar highlighted the importance of the event in order to bring up young talents and provide them with this opportunity to take their minds forward.
From a total of 100 applications, only the best 41 participants were selected and divided into 10 teams to battle it out in a 28-hour non-stop event. The teams developed innovative solutions under the guidance of MITBIO and BETiC mentors and presented their proof of concept and prototypes to a team of eminent jury members consisting of doctors Dr. Dasmit Singh, Pediatric Surgeon/Child specialist at BJ Medical College, Pune. The event was concluded by Dr. Renu Vyas, Head, MITBIO who encouraged all participants to develop further upon their idea towards enhancing human healthcare.