Design Competition




Student/Patient-Caregiver meetings

Feedback  from Patient-Caregiver

January 14, 6-8pm

Info. Session




Design Process Training



February 1

Team Registration Deadline




 Problem Understanding &      Solution Exploration

Feb 6: Support group meeting

Feb 16: Meet and greet

Feedback from Patient & Caregiver 


March 2-3

First Design-a-Hack-a-thon


Feedback from Mentor, Patient & Caregiver 


Prototype Development


Feedback from Patient & Caregiver 


April 6-7

Second Design-a-Hack-a-thon 


Feedback from Mentor, Patient & Caregiver 


Prototype Development



Feedback from Patient & Caregiver 



Prototype Development


Feedback from Patient & Caregiver 


June 1





Design-a-Hack-a-Thon #1 Schedule

Saturday Morning, March 2 (Warren Lecture Hall 2005)
  • 9:00-9:10:        Overview of the Design Competition:   Truong
  • 9:10-9:40:        Technology, Healthcare & Design:  Damon (IBM)
  • 9:40-10:10:       Parkinson Diseases:  Challenge & Opportunity:  Ryan
  • 10:10-10:40:     Design Process:  Don
  • 10:40-11:00:     Question & Answer Session with Student:  Truong
  • 11:00-11:15:     Ideate like an Entrepreneur:  Rick
  • 11:15-11:30:     Presentation Template and Example:   Rakesh 
  • 11:30-12:30:     Input from patients & Caregivers
  • Around 12:30:  Walk over to Jacobs Hall for lunch
Saturday Afternoon, March 2 (Jacobs Hall)
  • 12:30-14:00:     Meet & greet session with Patients and caregivers over lunch.  Students and mentors will be assigned to rooms.  Patients and caregivers are welcome to join.  Patients and caregivers could leave at anytime.
  • 14:00-17:00:     Students work in team to come up with problems that they want to work on. Interaction/feedback with mentors.
Sunday, March 3 (Warren Lecture Hall 2005):   5 minutes pitch
  • 10:00-12:00:    First 15 teams present
  • 12:00-13:00:    Lunch
  • 13:00-15:00:    Last 15 teams present

Evaluation Rubric

1. The Need: Was the project truly aimed at the needs of patients and caregivers of Parkinson's disease?  (10 points)

    The NEED assessment and definition (this will include how many times the team met with the patients and caregivers, the quality of the interactions, how well the team understood the need, and how well it was defined).


2. The Process (10 points)

The prototyping process (how well did the team test their initial ideas using rapid prototyping or equivalent methods.  5 points
How well did the Prototype/Minimum Viable Product meet the need?   5 points


3. The Solution: How good is the Idea and the Design? (15 points)

Quality of the Technical solution.  10 points
How scalable/commercializable the idea is.  5 points


4The Presentation: Quality of the Presentation (5 points)

Oral presentation: engaged audience, presented the information clearly, and stayed within allotted time.
Poster: Information presented in such way that the need, process and solution are easily understood.


Total assessment: 40 points