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about 3 years ago

Healthy dose of inspiration

Hey health hackers,

With a week to go, we know you don’t have a lot of spare time. Just a couple quick things:

We were at PennApps this weekend and saw some pretty cool health hacks—thought you might want to check them out & get inspired.

Theia - simple eye exams for third-world countries

Theia, winner of the Best Health Hack prize, is a cardboard-printed, self-administered eye exam that allows residents of countries without access to optical services to determine their prescription cheaply and easily.

Elsa Insulin Pen - An internet-connected insulin pen that helps diabetics administer the correct dosage through personalized algorithms.

Elsa was one of the top 10 finalists to present to the PennApps judges. We were really impressed with their ability to build a working hardware prototype in 36 hours, as well as their concept to help diabetics adhere to their care regimen by giving them personalized dosage guidelines.

WristPass - A wearable Electro-Biometric transmission watch and app for secure and reconfigurable personal identification.

WristPass won the Capital One API award with their smart alternative to NFC fingerprint identification.

You can see all the awesome PennApps hacks here.

Second, we’ve been fielding your questions and are standing by to help. If you have a tech need, here are the best ways to get support:

  1. Google OpenShift Forum. Red Hat evangelists are monitoring the forum regularly. Make sure to tag your question with “hackathon” so they’ll know it’s time-sensitive.
  2. Slack channel. Both Devpost and Red Hat are monitoring the Code Healthy Slack channel daily.
  3. Email us directly. If you can’t get answers via the forum or Slack, send your question to and we’ll make sure you get help from Red Hat.