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Success at Yale Healthcare Hackathon for Santander Mobility Award Student



​Alex Hirst (2nd from right) accepting the 'Careers, Life and Yale' award. 

A Cardiff Met student was recently honoured at a global event run by Yale.

Alex Hirst, who is a postgraduate Product Design student, took part in the Yale Healthcare Hackathon 2017 – organised by the Yale Center for Biomedical Innovation & Technology (CBIT) and the Yale School of Medicine Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging.

Alex worked in a small team with students from Yale and an employee from biopharma company Bristol-Myers Squibb to tackle a brief on how to help asthmatic children communicate key health information to their parents. The team pitched the idea of a smart bracelet and won the hackathon's $500 'Careers, Life and Yale' prize.

Alex received funding from a Santander mobility award to attend the event – the awards are up to the value of £5,000 and designed to encourage research collaborations with institutions in the Santander Universities Network. Cardiff Met became a member of the network in 2012 and our staff and students have received over £200,000 so far in funding.

The Hackathon, which this year looked in-depth at the theme of re-engineering patient experience and provider engagement, ran over three days with approximately 200 attendees from across the globe.

Speaking about his experience, Alex said: "The Healthcare Hackathon was overall a very positive experience where I learnt a lot about the global healthcare market and how my skills are applicable in a wider setting.

"I attended talks from a variety of industry and academic leaders including Dr Ayesha Khalid, Clinical Director of the Yale Center for Biomedical Innovation & Technology."

Director of Enterprise at Cardiff Met, Matthew Taylor added: "As part of the Santander Universities Network, we work closely with students and staff to offer unparalleled opportunities that enhance their research and study.

"We are delighted to see Alex honoured at the Yale Healthcare Hackathon and wish him all the very best with the remainder of his research work."