Manipal: The MAHE-Dedalus Mental Health Hackathon- 2022 was formally inaugurated on 26th August 2022 by Lt. General (Dr) M.D. Venkatesh, Vice Chancellor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), and Mr Frans Martens, Global Business Unit Head, Hospital Information System, Dedalus.
Chief Guest of the function Lt. Gen. (Dr) M.D. Venkatesh said “I am extremely happy to be inaugurating this Mental Health Hackathon and appreciated Dedalus team for the support and involvement in organizing this Hackathon”. Mr Frans Martens said “MAHE and Dedalus engagement may benefit the healthcare filed in terms of development of novel and affordable products or services”. Manipal College of Health Professions (MCHP) organized the Hackathon on behalf of MAHE at the Sharada Hall, MCHP and it is the first of its kind in health science.
More than 80 students from more than 25 teams registered from the constituent units of MAHE, 10 teams were qualified for the final round through a selection process. The qualified teams were mentored jointly by the team of professional’s form Dedalus and MAHE on the first day of the hackathon. All ten teams presented their innovation to a team of jury and among them three teams were selected. The Mental Health Hackathon focuses on driving awareness about Mental health, including emotional, psychological and social well-being. This event empowered MAHE students who are interested in health care innovation to develop ingenious solutions to ‘Mental Health Care’.
A valedictory function was organized on 27th August. Dr Narayana Sabhahit, Registrar, MAHE was the Chief Guest and Mr Steven Parrish, Chief Medical Information Officer, APAC region, Dedalus, was the Guest of honour. Certificates and the prize money of INR 40000 (1st prize), 20000 (2nd prize) and 8000 (3rd prize), 5000 (consolation prize) were awarded to the winning teams.
MAHE team members Dr Arun G Maiya, Dean, MCHP, welcome the gathering Dr Raviraja N S Director Corporate Relations, highlighted the objectives of the event.
Dr Venkatraya Aithal, Dr Reshmi, MAHE officials and others; Dedalus team members Ms Romilla Kulshrestha, Mr Jegatheswaran Ponnudurai & Team, were actively involved in overseeing smooth conduct of the event.
A team of eight members of Dedalus had travelled from various destinations like the Netherlands, Australia, Malaysia and different locations of India to take part in the event. MAHE and Dedalus are keen in taking forward this collaboration with many more engagements in future.