What We Do
Ignite comprises fast paced presentations where participants can present innovative and creative ideas based in healthcare / biomedicine. The ideas may range from those currently under research to ones that are quite abstract. Since 2014, CCIT has conducted 6 such events, with almost fifty igniters, with limitless outreach of their ideas as the brief 5 minute videos are disseminated through social media.
Narrative Medicine enhances healthcare personnel’s empathy and compassion. Through the creative/reflective narrative-writing aspect of this domain, people get to learn about not only the medical aspects of patients, but also their backgrounds, thoughts, and reflections. It has become an effective way for doctors to communicate with other professionals –medical or otherwise–lay public, and even patients themselves. To date, there have been 43 articles published on the Narrative Medicine blog, amassing over 18,000 views.
The Gaming League allows a much needed break to the students and staff of AKU from their daily routines to engage in various activities ranging from outdoor sports to board/video games. It uses a multidisciplinary, trans-generational and non-hierarchical approach to promote team building within the diverse AKU population. This approach also helps create an inter-disciplinary pool of potential participants for the other events, such as Hackathons.
Hackathons can serve as the perfect platform for people from all walks of life - with or without a medical background - to put their heads together to solve existing healthcare problems by generating new ideas and evolving them into innovations with proper business models. Since 2016, CCIT has conducted three Hackathons at AKU based around emergency medicine, pediatrics and medical education, respectively. The 4th Hackathon based on Global Surgery took place in February 2019. To date, close to 300 inter-disciplinary hackers have been involved in almost forty team-based innovative solutions to myriad problems relevant to the aforementioned themes, with special emphasis on resource-limited settings.
The Incubation Program
After conducting three Hackathons, the need for an AKU incubator became evident – a place where actual innovations brought forth could be better aligned with the problems they promised to eradicate. This is precisely the function of our program, a first of its kind at AKU. Since its inception in March 2018, we have managed to nurture both student-led and student-centric innovations at AKU. To date, nine incubates have been taken through a formal process of incubation, with a few securing early stage seed funding. Through channeling student creativity we hope to develop entrepreneurial and innovative (disruptive or non-disruptive) solutions with far reaching benefits across AKU campuses and thus informing the larger national healthcare/biomedical ecosystem. View our Innovation and Incubation Research Group
Some of our incubates include:
A substantial gap exists between research faculty and students in communication and approachability - resulting in lost potential for research collaboration and initiations. Rinder is solving this with a mobile application that matches students to faculty doing research in their particular area of interest based on a unique algorithm that optimises matches based on specific data points. For more information please contact
Due to shortage of time in clinics, and in the face of increasing patient flow, BitMed is making clinical teaching more effective and efficient. BitMed breaks down rotation curriculum into its parts – learning outcomes - and measures curriculum completion throughout a particular rotation. For more information please contact
Breath Hacks is looking to develop a low-cost automated bagging system for patients that have been intubated and placed on mechanical ventilation. This award winning project from AKU’s first Hackathon on Emergency Medicine is being incubated further with the support of AKDN eHRC and a patent has been filed for this device. For more information please contact email@example.com.
The Pain Free Invisible Needle (PFIN) is a wristwatch-like device that distracts a child during injection as well as cannulation, in turn reducing pain and infection risk. The 3D printed PFIN prototype has been developed in-house and is currently in the testing phase of its process. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Algos Health will support vitals monitoring of high-risk patients centrally in in-patient settings usina single data format to allow for seamless data sorting and visualization. For more information please contact email@example.com
Realizing a gap in post-operative follow-up, team Maseeha Health is developing a tool for patients to remain connected with care providers. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Highlighting the under-highlighted issue of language barriers, Multi-language Taskers are developing a 2-way verbal communication application that will have in-built protocols such as pain assessment and diabetes explained in multiple regional languages. For more information please contact email@example.com
Tackling the problem surrounding inadequate informed consent around surgical procedures –Surgucator is a platform seeking to connect patients and their attendants with adequate knowledge about impending and advised procedures through digital content. Surgucators will simplify and fully explain the process, benefits, potential risks and recovery for the different patient types undergoing surgery. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
When it comes to deciding whether to proceed with surgical intervention, patients can suffer from broad range of anxieties – ranging from financial to social, preventing them from seeking necessary treatment. Surgit is a community collaboration tool designed to provide awareness, access and opportunity to patients requiring surgical intervention. For more information please contact email@example.com