Halfway through the Heart Hackathon: a brief update on the world’s first student-led Total Artificial Heart design challenge

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Meet the teams of Heart Hackathon

Hydrix is a foundation sponsor of the Heart Hackathon, a global university student challenge around designing an artificial heart. The goals of the event are to encourage participation and interest in biomedical, and in particular, cardiovascular design and engineering.

University teams from around the world – United Kingdom, Sweden, Romania, Egypt, United States of America, New Zealand and two teams from Australia have taken on the challenge of creating a novel Total Artificial Heart, leading the next generation of biomedical engineers to take up the fight to help defeat cardiovascular disease, the world’s number one cause of death.

Hydrix engineers recently participated in The Heart Hackathon’s first Artificial Heart Symposium, where student teams from around the world presented their progress over the last 6 months. Up until this point, student teams have been developing their ideas, while participating in webinars and workshops to develop their skills while learning from industry experts. This event was the first opportunity to present initial findings while seeking feedback and guidance from industry mentors.

The students demonstrated a great understanding of the design requirements and showed significant maturity as they guided the judges through their presentations from research, to development, to proof-of-concept prototypes and even early test results.

From a Hydrix perspective, the quality of the presentations, the ideas, the depth of thinking was extraordinary. We congratulate all teams for their work to date and look forward to seeing the next round of updates  scheduled for presentation in March.