MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. - Doctors, nurses, and developers are coming together to find virtual reality solutions to problems they encounter in hospitals.
“I was really nervous. My heart rate was going crazy,” said Benjamin Hagerty, an 18-year-old computer programmer.
Friday, April 12 was the first day of the Gamifying Pediatrics Hackathon at BCG Digital Ventures. Twenty-three teams picked a problem in the healthcare industry to focus on. Each team worked all weekend to come up with solutions using virtual and augmented reality.
At the hackathon's conclusion, hours of work have to be distilled into a three-minute pitch plus, two minutes of questions from the audience. The teams pitched their products Sunday.
Hagerty just got his high school diploma last year. He’s a gamer and a computer programmer who’s leading his team’s pitch.
His team, CODE:BLUE developed a virtual reality simulator. They aim to help healthcare workers get better at dealing with high stress situations where a lot of orders are barked at once.
Some of the ideas in the room Sunday could soon be seen at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Ten semifinalists were chosen. They will get a little bit of seed money and the chance to make a prototype with the help of the hospital’s innovation studio. From there, three finalists will be chosen in October.
Finalists will win up to $15,000 and get the chance to implement their product at Children’s Hospital.
This is fast for the medical world.
“Medicine and healthcare as an industry is relatively slow. We’re risk averse we tend to be conservative and we want the best for everyone involved,” said Dr. Todd Chang, one of the mentors for the weekend.
CODE:BLUE didn’t win audience favorite, which was decided with applause. But they were named as semifinalists by the panel of judges so they are one step closer to making their dream real.