Chemistry Students Win at Health Hacks

Chemistry Students Win at Health Hacks

Chemistry majors Neda Ojaghlou and Mahdi Shafiei were members of “Heads Up,” the team that placed third at VCU’s third annual HealthHacks. HealthHacks is a 24-hour problem-solving marathon sponsored by The College of Engineering in conjunction with the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center.  More than 130 students from Virginia Commonwealth University and other universities worked all through the weekend to address medical needs faced by veterans. Several veterans attended the opening ceremony in person to pitch the problems they hoped student innovators would try to solve.

The Heads Up Team

From left: L. Franklin Bost, VCU Engineering, Neda Ojaghlou, Apurva Chopade, Victoria Nguyen, Mahdi Shafiei, HEalthHacks student leader Joshna Seelam

The Heads Up team designed a preventative anxiety and stress app  called “Heads Up” that encouraged personalized rehabilitation and biometrics analyses by implementing cognitive therapeutic virtual reality and machine learning.

The top three teams have all been accepted into Pre-X, the pre-accelerator program at VCU’s da Vinci Center.

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