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Galleria | Achievers University

Members: Omisade Toluwani Prince,Oni Favour Oluwafemi, Opara Somtochukwu Christopher, Pattens Donatus Tess, and Daramola Nifemi Oluwaferanmi

Faculty Advisor: Ebenezer Oluwatosin Atoyebi

Problem Statement: Biodegradable waste poses an environmental challenge due to its potential for pollution. Improper disposal methods have contributed to the spread of several diseases like malaria, and cholera claiming millions of lives every year. On the other hand, non-biodegradable waste especially plastics have persisted in the environment thereby endangering human health through the contamination of food and water sources. Urgent need for sustainable solutions are needed to curb this life-claiming menace while mitigating environmental impact.

PleuraPro | Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology

Members: Tasnia Binte Mamun, Adhora Madhuri, Nusaiba Sobir

Faculty Advisors: Nusrat Binta Nizam, Dr. Jahid Ferdous, Dr. Kazi Saiful Islam

Problem Statement: Pleural effusions, i.e., buildup of fluid between the layers of tissue that line the lungs and chest cavity, a frequent complication after thoracic and cardiac surgery (often coronary artery bypass grafting), cause recovery delays, often requiring drainage. An advanced equipment like Medela Thopaz is costly, hence inappropriate for developing region like Bangladesh. So, cheaper Chest drain bag is used but it has some issues.

Vector Vigilantes | Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology

Members: Tonmoy Chandro Saha, Mahian Kabir Joarder

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Taufiq Hasan

Problem statement: Approximately half of the global population, with 100–400 million yearly infections, faces dengue risk. 2023, around 0.3 million were affected, with 30% being children. Aedes mosquitoes transmit the virus. Effective techniques for vector mosquito surveillance and prevention in specific areas are lacking, highlighting a critical need for intervention strategies.

HCM | Federal University of Technology

Members: Zion Oluwasegun, Alexander Akerele, Daniel Onikola

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Olusola Elekofehinti

Problem Statement: HCM seeks to alleviate inefficiencies in Sub-Saharan African hospitals caused by paper-based systems, aiming to expedite operations and provide instant access to accurate patient data, ultimately improving healthcare delivery.

DynaGait | Clemson University

Members: Joshua Londhe, Ian Holmgren

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Delphine Dean, Dr. Melinda Harman, John Desjardins

Problem Statement: Of the 40 million amputees in developing countries, only 5 to 15 percent receive prosthetics. Our goal is to create an affordable and easily deployable ankle prosthetic that allows for dynamic motion of the ankle joint for amputees in Tanzania in order to promote mobility and mitigate gait related injuries.

Clot Custodians | Dar Es Salaam Institute of Technology

Members: Florence Barnabas Sakaya, Vicky Amon Mausa

Faculty Advisors: Dr. John Andrew Msumba, Dr. Ramadhani Kivugo, Joel Ngushwai

Problem Statement: Our team addresses the challenge of Postpartum-hemorrhage(PPH) which causes 70,000 deaths each year according to WHO, with 14 million women affected. PPH is characterized by losing over 500 mL of blood within 24 hours after childbirth and is the primary cause of maternal mortality, particularly in resource-limited settings.

SAFE-START | Dar Es Salaam Institute of Technology

Members: Joshua Macha, Alumbwage Mlelwa

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Albert Msumba, Dr. Ramadhani Kivugo, Joel Ngushwai

Problem Statement: According to statistics, over 79% of the premature born every year are unable to regulate their body temperature which leads to 28.8% deaths. However, the radiant warmers routinely used are difficult to procure and maintain. Deploying a baby warmer that is cost effective and reliable will reduce infant mortality rate.

AnesthAssist | Duke University & Makerere University (Kampala, Uganda)

Members: Patrica Atukuri, Rania Challita, Ashwin Gadiraju, Rati Pallai

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Ann Saterbak, Julius Mugaga, Dr. Robert Ssekitoleko

Problem Statement: Inadequate needle safety practices and medication management in Ugandan operating theatres, evidenced by frequent needle-stick injuries due to needle recapping and disorganized anesthesia workbenches, pose serious risks to healthcare workers and patients. There is an urgent need for low-cost, scalable solutions to ensure safer surgical procedures and medication handling.

NeoNest | Duke University & Makerere University (Kampala, Uganda)

Members: Vivan Arinaitwe, Joseph Okileng, Sophia Singer, Saajan Patel

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Ann Saterbak, Julius Magaga

Problem Statement: Ambulance personnel in Uganda need a low-cost, accessible solution to prevent hypothermia for preterm infants during transport from rural villages to national referral hospitals.

NeoMates | Georgia Institute of Technology

Members: Anushka Chalmeti, Callie Dahlke-Baumann, Safa Ghaya, Siya Kannan, Eeman Uddin, Natalie Van Slyke, Millicent Warner

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Kelsey Kubelick, Dr. Abebe Gobezayehu, Dr James Stubbs

Problem Statement: Delivery nurses in low-to-middle income countries need an assisted delivery device that is a low-cost, sustainable, and mechanical solution to prevent neonatal sepsis by decreasing prolonged labor and the risk of infection transmission at community-level health facilities.

Velocigraft | Johns Hopkins University

Members: Aarushi Pant, Dalhart Dobbs, Jaeyoon Wang, Ashley Cluff

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Mark Fisher, Dr. Nicholas Durr, Dr. Pedro Santos

Problem Statement: Skin grafting is vital for treating fatal burns in sub-Saharan Africa, but expensive skin expansion devices are scarce. Surgeons often resort to manual, time-consuming meshing with a scalpel, risking graft failure in the process. Our low-cost skin incision template guides surgeons in quickly and accurately performing skin meshing.

CareTech Innovators | Malawi University of Business & Applied Sciences

Members: Sally Changaya, Waliko Kondowe

Faculty Advisors: Joshua Ben, Custom Rodrick

Problem Statement: Neonatal care units in low resource settings, have an unbalanced nurse to patient ratio, there is no continuous temperature monitoring or data storage. This lack of monitoring raises the danger of hypothermia. More than 21.7% of neonates suffer from hypothermia and 4.6% have moderate to severe hypothermia (WHO, 2023).

Easy-O | Queen’s University

Members: Emma Kim, Sabrina Packer, Darien Gaw, Alina Gammage, Amanda Donoso, Michael Jones

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Xian Wang

Problem Statement: In sub-Saharan Africa’s low-resource hospitals, intermittent electricity supply restricts medical interventions, particularly oxygen therapy. Generators operate solely during surgeries, leaving hospitals powerless most nights, and endangering respiratory distress patients. The high costs of battery-powered oxygenators exacerbate the issue, highlighting the urgent need for accessible solutions to ensure consistent treatment access.

ScarStretch | Rice University

Members: Zoe Wang, Shivani Gollapudi, Katie Hart, Pranav Mandyam, Nate Miller, Madison Roy, JJ Tellez

Faculty Advisors: Jacqueline Foss, Dr. Sabia Abidi, Dr. Hannia Pacheco Gutiérrez

Problem Statement: Scarring from burns is common, especially in children, and can result in hypertrophic scarring. Scar massaging, a series of motions performed on children by caregivers, is prescribed in low- and middle-income countries like Costa Rica. Unfortunately, this process presents a time commitment and burden on caregivers, reducing treatment efficacy.

CoreNeedle | Rice University

Members: Celeste Wang, Shivani Kulkarni, Philip DuBose, Yiyi Yang

Faculty Advisors: Jacqueline Foss, Dr. Ricardo Zednik, Dr. Toma Omofoye

Problem Statement: Breast cancer survival in LMICs can improve through diagnosis via ultrasound-guided core needle biopsies. The training standard has limitations for low-resource setting implementation, resulting in a deficit of trained clinicians. There is a need for a durable, reusable core needle biopsy training model that provides realistic practice and ultrasound visualization.

Biomedical Engineering Research & Innovation Team (BMERIT) | University of Calgary

Members: Sunaina Rangarajan, Ahmed Almousawi, Mohammed El-Mougey, Mikaela Juco, Moriah Samchek

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Kyle Murnaghan, Dr. Jessica Wang

Problem Statement: Current pericardiocentesis training simulators are either cost-prohibitive or ethically concerning due to animal-derived materials, limiting doctors' access to essential procedural practice. Existing low-cost options lack realism, hindering effective training. We are developing a low-cost simulator with realistic features to enhance training accessibility and efficacy, addressing current limitations in surgical education.

Solar Fridge | University of Michigan

Members: Anders Hansen, Aayushi Wadhawan, Alan Shi, Amol Mendonca, Amrita Kondur, Avani Govindswamy, Cara Gallagher, Elise Segal, Evan Nazareno, Maggie Robbins, Nancy Chen, Olivia Garzo Dominguez, Paola Zavala, Peter Hagan, Rishi Tappeta, Ryan Fang, Sarina Desai, Thiago Reis, Zach Richards, Saad Alrazzi, Ava Tikekar, Aryan Vatakencherry, Elaina Starzache

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Solomon Adera

Problem Statement: Over 1.5 million people die from vaccine-preventable illnesses each year due to limited access to vaccines and lack of cost-effective storage systems for them. Areas with warm climates and limited electricity access are particularly impacted as vaccines need to be kept at a certain temperature range to remain viable.

Neonatal Asphyxia Project (NAP) | University of Michigan

Members: Audrey Wong, Niyati Puranik, Madeline Deming, Mihika Rayan, Aarushi Gangrade, Jacob Lepley, Simran Bagri, Garima Sawhney, Lauren Berry, Daniel Han, Amulya Jonnalagadda, Rohan Patil, Tarana Varshney, Jason Lin, Sneha Verma, Anjalika Dandamudi, Shivam Diora, Candace Jung, Ruchir Sriram, Dhruv Sadhu, Ritika Putta

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Paul Jensen, Dr. Melissa Wrobel, Aaron Kehrer

Problem Statement: Neonatal asphyxia is the leading contributor to newborn mortality in developing countries. Few infants survive, and those who do often experience a number of neurological deficits. Treatment is currently too expensive for underserved communities to utilize, accounting for over a million neonatal deaths annually due to this affliction.

ADONA | University of Pennsylvania

Members: Jude Barakat, Taehwan Kim, Daniel Ghaderi, Allison Elliott, Aditi Ghalsasi

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Erin Berlew, Dr. David Meaney, Dr. Dayo Adele

Problem Statement: One in 500 neonates face the risk of long-term neurological damage due to hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), secondary to asphyxia at birth. Current screening methods are time and labor-intensive, requiring specialist expertise and technology inaccessible in low-income settings. ADONA is a low-cost, automated solution for early detection of HIE in newborns.

Erias | University of Pennsylvania

Members: Angela Song, Samir Maarouf, Daphne Nie, Georgia Georgostathi, Alexandra Dumas

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Erin Berlew, Dr. Tania Khanna, Maully Shah M.B.B.S.

Problem Statement: Current cardiac monitoring devices for inpatient settings limit patient mobility due to wires and scale. For children and infants, this restricts the patient’s ability to play, use the bathroom independently, and make physical contact with caregivers. Ultimately these factors cause patient discomfort and the frequent removal of cardiac monitoring systems.

Lip and Palate Prosthetic Interface (LAPPI) | University of Pennsylvania

Members: Ravikiran Ramjee, Ryan Lim, Andrea Urdaneta, Serena Carson, Camilla Whitesel

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Eugene Ko, Stefanie Modri

Problem Statement: Approximately one in 700 infants are born with cleft lip and/or palate (CLP) annually around the world. CLP occurs when orofacial tissue improperly fuses together during gestation, resulting in openings/clefts. Infants with CLP are unable to create suction, resulting in improper feeding and poor weight gain.

I CARE | University of Texas at Austin

Members: Raghav Katta, An Vo, Shreya Ganti, HieuTran, Aarushi Anand, Hareem Tariq

Faculty Advisor: N/A

Problem Statement: The WHO predicts that more than 1 billion people with visual impairments don’t receive the care they need. Eye care is inaccessible to many, in part, due to the high cost of devices needed to check your vision, like a phoropter, which can cost upwards of $3000.

Neuragame | University of Texas at Austin

Members: Jishnu Basu, Deeya Kaneria, Samarth Kabbur, Reshmitha Muppala, Ryan Virkar, Arnav Nair

Faculty Advisors: James Degnan, Dr. Dan Puperi

Problem Statement: Stroke is the third leading cause of disability worldwide with over 70% of survivors experiencing upper extremity impairments. In the developing world, with fewer than 10 skilled rehabilitation practitioners per million people, family members become the primary caregivers for stroke survivors without training or guidance.

NoMeOH | Washington University in Saint Louis

Members: Sophie Ma, Dhruv Mathur, Neal Joshi, Youssef Saad, Jack McGuire

Faculty Advisors: Prof. Patricia Widder, Dr. Matthew Kummer

Problem Statement: Illicit alcohol poses significant health risks due to being often contaminated with methanol, which is toxic and deadly at very small concentrations. Currently, there are no affordable, practical methanol detection kits for consumers. There is a need for an inexpensive, rapid solution to enable consumers to detect methanol in alcohol.