CTSDH Staff member takes 1st place at 1871 Hackathon

CTSDH Staff member takes 1st place at 1871 Hackathon

Over the weekend of April 1-2nd,CTSDH Graduate Fellow Neha Goel and her team won first place in the fourth annual Campus 1871. Campus 1871 is a startup hackathon for university students from Northwestern University, The Illinois Institute of Technology, The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, The University of Illinois at Chicago, The University of Illinois Springfield, DeVry University, DePaul University, The University of Chicago, and Loyola University Chicago.

The weekend event culminates in a competition where teams of “Hustlers” (business, marketing, and sales strategists), “Dreamers” (inventors and idea-makers), “Hipsters” (designers), and “Hackers” (developers) work together to create and pitch a business model for a start-up company. Teams are judged on the originality of their idea; the realistic potential of the business; the revenue plan; how well the idea is pitched; and overall design.

This year’s Campus 1871 gathered its largest cohort to date, 128 students from nine different universities.

Neha’s team developed a product and a mobile app entitled Respirare. Respirare is a sensor cap that clips onto asthma patients’ inhaler and syncs with a mobile app to track and record usage data. All of us at the CTSDH would like to offer congratulations to Neha and her team!

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