HWS Hackathon

The following is a list of the team names, participants and the proposals made during Hackathon 2016.

2016 Proposals

Czechmate: Andrew Silard '18, Jonas Toupal '19, Tyler Hanzlik '17, Matt Pizzo '19: Members of the Hobart Varsity Hockey team directed their attention to both ends of the spectrum–prevention and treatment. They proposed a multi-prong approach that included Narcan kits and Exparel as an opioid-free pain reliever.

MCC: Marni Wilkoff '17, Casey Coffey '17, Camille Applegate '17: The non-profit "More Action, Less Ache" would focus on children, teaching them how to manage mental health challenges before they become vulnerable to drug abuse. Professionals would travel to classrooms between 3rd grade and high school to teach coping strategies.

Hack City: Adam Enxing '19, Rotimi Adeoye '18, Ammenab-Taner Bennerson '18, Jake Mirsky '18: "Digi-Fill" would be the prescription pill bottle of the future. With a pressure/weight sensor, the device would send a notification to the primary care provider when there are large fluctuations in the weight. The electronic and wireless monitoring system would help prevent drug overdoses and utilize recycled plastic in their design.

SLLC Quest Takers: Alexander Cohen '20, Tanner Arnold '20, Lucas Mischler '20, William Jasper White ‘20: Members of the Sustainable Living and Learning Community proposed developing a federally-funded Geneva Center for Community Engagement, which would feature a 4-point plan for engaging, educating, relating and empowering community members to prevent substance abuse. A part of their plan would appear through an app called CLEAN, which would assist addicts with building a support network.

Einsteins: Ryan Montbleau '19, Maeve Daly-Kline '19, Gavin Gross '19, Kelsi Carr '18: Their idea is called Hope Connect. This is an organization that connects the network of professionals in the medical and insurance fields. It provides resources, creates alliances, and offers a volunteer transportation system. They detailed a 4-step process that included assimilate, contact, connect and ensure.The goal would be to help someone out through this process by connecting them to the resources which are already in place, but many don't know how to access them or do not know they exist.

Social Justice League: Amanda Breed '19, Rebecca Via '19, Ethan Brown '20, Helen Wagner '19:Their ideas was a policy called Addiction in Not a Crime. They proposed legislation that would re-design the drug courts and steer individuals towards rehabilitation instead of incarceration. They proposed protests, petition, rallies, and talking to state senators and representatives to implement policy that will lead to social change.

Rizky Business: Joshua Andrews '20, Rizky Kafrawi '20, John Czekanski '20, Kathryn Oswald '20: The #AvoidtheOpioid social media campaign would offer a website with resources for both prevention of drug abuse and treatment for drug abuse while spreading awareness about the national epidemic for family members, advocates and others.

Awesome Alligators: David Allen '20, Tiara Sivells '20, Jessica Robbins '20, Jessica Goldman '20: "From the Roots Up" sought a potential partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs to stabilize relationships for teenagers and build a personal support system focusing on education, action and advocacy against substance abuse.

HWS Debate Team: John Sheridan '20, Shailesh Budhathoki '19, Julianna Harris ’20: The debaters proposed a Pain Relief Center to offer alternatives to pain medication all in one place. At the center, doctors and patients would work together to determine the best non-pill solution to pain, pushing for alternative methods and make it more accessible for insured and non-insured patients.

The Pioneers: Sean Burke '19, Christopher Manson-Hing '18, Stephen Headrick '19: "Haven" would be a web of stations throughout multiple counties organizing in secular and non-secular spaces to provide viable treatment options and spaces in which to build community.


First Prize
The Rebels: Dominique DeRubeis '18, Gabriel Pietrorazio '20, Yujun Jiang '18: "Power through Pain" reevaluates the curriculum in federally-funded medical schools to train medical students on how to manage pain and increase knowledge of alternative prescribing practices rather than starting patients immediately on painkillers and invests in research and surveillance of pain prescription and alternative treatment.

Socio-Pathways to Success: Ethan Mattos '17, Paul Ciaccia '15, Kayla Jones '17: "OpiAID Geneva" would address the social isolation often experienced by individuals in recovery by offering options for community service, support groups, job training and referrals to treatment. OpiAID Geneva would feature discussion panels and use a coalition of medical and legal professional volunteers from the Geneva area.

ESSOP: Saoirse Scott '19, Lester Gamez '19, Channel Whitney Campbell ’18: "Sprout" attempts to identify root causes and use the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) questionnaire to offer a focused curriculum for 4th graders in Geneva and provide weekly sessions with a substance abuse counselor, using ACE as a tool.


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