Health Literacy Hackathon

A student team from Hampshire won first prize in the Health Literacy Hackathon sponsored by CommunicateHealth, a company cofounded by Xanthi Scrimgeour 85F.

Zeke Nierenberg 09F, Kira McCoy 09F, and Amit Ringel 08F

A STUDENT TEAM from Hampshire won first prize in the Health Literacy Hackathon sponsored by CommunicateHealth, a company cofounded by Xanthi Scrimgeour 85F.

Zeke Nierenberg 09F, Kira McCoy 09F, Jamie Matheson 11F (not pictured), and Amit Ringel 08F created a tool—called Carrot/Stick—that uses recorded messages from friends and family to help smokers quit.

Within weeks, the inventive team won another award in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Hacking Medicine Conference, held in partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital.

They made a phone tool for health administrators to use in creating decision trees to guide clinicians.

The only undergraduates in the competition, they placed in the top five, as one of four unranked second-place entries.