First Aid Bracelet Wins First Place at Orthodox, Women-Only Hackathon
Intel and IBM were among the tech companies to pose challenges for 106 participants at the two-day Jerusalem event
A team of five Orthodox students took first place last Thursday following a 44-hour, female-only hackathon held in Jerusalem. Their winning design, a voice-to-text bracelet intended to relay information from first responders to hospitals, was created in response to a problem posited by Intel: how to improve communications between those first on the scene and emergency treatment centers in the event of a mass casualty incident?
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Second place went to a group that designed an escape room for the blind—another Intel challenge—and third place went to a team that developed an algorithm for identifying whether small flying objects pose defense threats.
According to a statement by Lev Academic Center, students interested in developing their prototypes into a finished product will be able to do so with the help of the institution's tech center.