What do the winning teams have to say about the AIA-Konica Minolta Digital Health Hackathon?

21 amazing teams participated at the AIA-Konica Minolta Digital Health Hackathon on 12 and 13 December 2015. With ideas that either help monitor health, modify health-related behaviour or improve health via the workplace, each team gave their best shot at creating technology solutions fit for a Smart Nation.

We asked the top two teams about the story behind their solution and their experience at the hackathon. Read on to find out what they have to say!

Biorithm (First Prize Winners)

Biorithm members Pradashini Subramaniam and Amrish Nair

Biorithm was born out of research from NTU. So when NTU introduced the Biorithm team to Konica Minolta, we jumped at the opportunity to create new connections. Given our med-tech focus, Jimmy Wong (Deputy Director Business Innovation Center APAC, Konica Minolta) suggested we take part in the hackathon, which would give us visibility to the key players in the healthcare market.

At the Pre-Hackathon Workshop on 8 December 2015

While at the hackathon, we decided to present an idea that we had been working on as an adjacency to our core work at Biorithm. By presenting our idea, an anti-fraud solution for healthcare, we were hoping to bring to light a huge problem that the healthcare industry faces.

Talking to other participants at the hackathon

The hackathon got us thinking deeper about this issue and really helped us to shape our solution, which we would not have done otherwise. Helping us were Jimmy Wong, Dr Wong Mun Yew (CEO & Founder, Asia Genomics & Partner Business Development, Formation 8) and the team from UP Singapore. Each provided a different perspective, ranging from presentation skills to potential business plans to refining our use case.

Armed with these perspectives, we got to work and were able to build something better than our original plan. In order to take this forward, we hope to work with AIA and Konica Minolta to solve some of their problems using our work.

Amrish speaking during the final presentation

Cool tech is often the easy part. Finding solutions for real problems is much more complex and something we would need guidance in. There were also a couple of teams we thought were really cool and we hope to keep in contact with. Overall, it was great fun and a memorable weekend.

Receiving their prize from judge Clive Anderson (Group Senior Regional Counsel, AIA Group)

Click here to see Biorithm’s final presentation and here to visit their website.

Brio (Second Prize Winners)

Brio members Benjamin Tee, PhD (Electrical Engineering) and Grace Tang, PhD (Psychology)

We at Team Brio want to add years to your life with just one click. By making health screenings easy and rewarding, we strive not only to improve and save lives, but also to tackle the looming healthcare cost crisis due to an aging population. Thus, we jumped at the chance to attend the hackathon organised by AIA and Konica Minolta, where we would have the chance to meet important stakeholders in the healthcare industry.

Both of us graduated from Stanford University, and have attended many hackathons in Silicon Valley. Yet, we were tremendously impressed by this hackathon organized by UP Singapore, where we could gain access to relevant industry experts. Because of the high mentor-to-team ratio, we had the rare opportunity to sit down and discuss our concept with a number of industry players.

Benjamin talking to mentors Edmund Lim (left) and Gaurav Goel (centre) from KPMG Innovation Ventures

We were thrilled to learn that mentors like Prashant Agarwal (Director EDGE and Managing Partner EDGE LAB, AIA) liked our idea, validating our initial beliefs and market research. Prashant pointed out similar apps in other countries and how we could adopt parts of their strategies with our model. Lian Yanru (Programs Partner, EDGE LAB) gave us frank advice on how we could differentiate our product from current players in the healthcare scene.

Benjamin speaking with Derrick Chiang (left) from UP Singapore

We also got to meet a number of teams working on fascinating ideas. Given the high quality of all the teams who took part, we were thrilled when we won second place (we didn’t even know there were prizes when we signed up, so that was a nice bonus!). However, the real reward was the opportunity to interact with some really amazing people, the experts in relevant industries, as well as other talented, motivated teams working to revolutionize healthcare.

With Rachel Goh (Director, Business Innovation Centre, APAC, Konica Minolta) after winning Second Prize

Click here to Brio’s final presentation and here to visit their website.

The AIA-Konica Minolta Digital Health Hackathon was the UP Singapore team’s last hackathon of the year. We ended with a bang, if we do say so ourselves.

However, the impact of this hackathon will spill into the new year with the AIA-Konica Minolta Digital Health Accelerator. Powered by Nest, this 12-week programme will pick up to 8 start-ups to accelerate their digital health business in the Singapore startup ecosystem. We invite all the digital health hackers in the UP Singapore community to apply for this amazing opportunity. But don’t wait too long as applications close on 31 January 2016.

We wish our community a happy and safe holiday season as well as an smashing New Year! We’ll see you happy hackers in 2016, hopefully another year bursting with open innovation activities. Aaaand…that’s a wrap!