From Kawinthi, our Executive Vice President:
This weekend I had the amazing opportunity to attend Boston Children’s Hacking Pediatrics hackathon. In collaboration with MIT’s Hacking Medicine, the two and a half day conference gave everyone, from undergraduates to field experts, the opportunity to hack the key issues (pain-points) that surround pediatric care today. The first morning all participants were invited to pitch a pain point or innovative idea. Thirty-seven 1-minute pitches were given on an array of topics. We then were given a half hour to talk to the pitch-ers and form teams. I joined a group that wanted to better manage the EKG wires that hang and tangle themselves on restless peds patients. After 3-4 hours of hacking, and coming up with some solid wireless/bluetooth-related ideas, we hit a breaking point when realizing we really couldn’t make a proto-type, or hash out the functional details of our idea without an electrical engineer on the team. 4 hours in, we decided to pivot. Our final idea resolved the issues of complex pediatric patients needing multiple oral medications, multiple times a day, once discharged. We also thumbed through literature that stated up to 60% of pediatric care-takers measure dosages incorrectly. After hours of designing and running through potential business models, we developed a proto-type of our product Squirt, which would be one piece of our comprehensive solution to at-home oral administration, “Squirt for Squirts”.
Hacking Pediatrics provided all teams with access to thousands of Legos, a few 3-D printers, LittleBits electrical kits, dozens of APIs, and enough food to energize the marathon-hacker. What’s more, they had “Mentors” walking around to each group who stemmed from any expert-field you could imagine- clinicians, engineers, Apple developers, entrepreneurs, architects… we had a lot of knowledge at our disposal. Final presentations took place Sunday afternoon, and every team had something great to offer, some developed fully-functioning apps, one team created a motion-sensored video game, others developed medical device prototypes… the list goes on. All in all, I networked with some amazing individuals pioneering the field of innovative healthtech, and was able to apply and contribute my knowledge of cost-structures, value chains, and business models to help my team of 2 clinicians and 2 engineers bring an idea to life. What really topped off the weekend however… after all the presentations took place, a Senior Partner at Pure Tech Venture Capital approached our group, and asked if we’d like to meet to further discuss the potential of our product.
Stay tuned to hear more on that later!
The Bentley Graduate Network (previously McCallum Connect) In association with GITMA, HFIDO, and Graduate Career Services hosted the biggest alumni meetup of the year. Recent graduates in the IT, HFID, and Business Analytics fields were invited back to network with current students and share their experiences and insights. Eight different companies were represented and a good time was had by all!
The Bentley Graudate Network invited Yvette Adams, Global Talent Acquisition Operations Manager at EMC; Steve Kimball, Director of Recruiting and Global Operations at EMC; and Krassi Marchev, Director of Materials Engineering and Innovations at Milara to participate in a panel discussion on corporate culture and diversity. The discussion was moderated by Bentley University’s own Aaron Nurick, Professor of Management. Students participated by asking the panelists questions about their experiences working within culturally diverse environments and overcoming the challenges that can sometimes be associated with diversity.
The Bentley Graduate Network hosted Michael Lewis, Vice President of Internal Audit at Hologic, to discuss the role internal audit plays within an organization. He also talked in depth about the internal audit culture at Hologic and the skill sets necessary to be successful.
The Bentley Graduate Network invited Chad Wright, Director of MIS at athenahealth, to discuss the intersecting skills and strategies between business and IT. Mr. Wright expanded upon general roles within the business/IT intersection and how each position contributes to the success of the organization.
The Bentley Graduate Network invited Xing C. Quan, Senior Manager at Ernst & Young, to discuss Risk Management. Topics included identifying, controlling and mitigating risk.
The Bentley Graduate Network invited Philip Richard, Audit Director at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, to outline the operations of the Federal Reserve System and his role within it. The main focus of the event was to introduce the Financial Management Audit Competency Center (FMACC) and its purpose within the Federal Reserve Bank System.
The Bentley Graduate Network hosted Shari Chamberlain from the Walter & Shuffain Forensic Accounting & Litigation Support Practice. Chamberlain spoke about underlying fraud risks in the work environment.
The Bentley Graduate Network organized a luncheon with Dr. Patricia Werhane. Dr. Werhane spoke about the ethics of international companies operating within countries with pervasive poverty and a lack of rule of law. Students submitted essays on ethical situations for a chance to reserve their seat.
The Bentley Graduate Network invited Mark Beucler to speak about what he has learned on his path to the role of Senior VP, CFO and General Manager of Global Distribution at Keystone Dental, a globally recognized oral healthcare company.