Think of hackathons, and you’ll probably conjure up images of young Mark Zuckerberg lookalikes, not daycare services for little babies.
But daycare services were all the rage in the Jerusalem College of Technology’s second annual Hack@Tal, a 44-hour hackathon for 100 of the school’s students, women from Jewish Orthodox background.
The June hackathon produced a number of projects. The winning team, comprised of five software engineering and computer science students, came up with a product that enables wireless monitoring that attaches to infants’ toes via a comfortable-to-wear-sock.
This solution is meant to monitor oxygen in infants’ bloodstream, a process that usually involves an uncomfortable device that’s clipped on to a finger and is attached to wires.
“It was really amazing to be able to take this thing from zero, from just a challenge presented, and develop this tremendous product that can create real change and help a lot of people,” says Hadass Wittow, a third-year computer science student who was part of the winning team.
“We slept about three hours out of the 44 hours we were taking part in this hackathon, but it was really special for us.”
The team received a NIS 3,000 prize for their product, which provided a solution to a challenge posed by the Alyn Hospital, a Jerusalem pediatric and adolescent rehabilitation facility, and the multinational Intel corporation.
Other challenges at the event were provided by IBM, Rafael Defense Systems, Magen David Adom and other organizations.
Second place went to a team that used machine learning to automatically detect the images of patients and then blur them, a solution that enables organizations and hospitals to protect the privacy of their patients.
And the daycare services? Let’s just say they ran until 1 am.