Schools compete in Health Aging Innovation Challenge

UB was one of five schools to make it to the final round of Thursday’s New York State Department of Health Aging Innovation Challenge in Albany. 

The competition asked schools throughout the state to create innovative solutions to assist older adults and their caregivers in carrying out activities of daily life. Judges selected the finalists –– Syracuse University, Corning Community College, UB and Cornell University –– from a pool of 24 semi-finalists and 35 original submissions, according to The Spectrum.

The DOH partnered with crowdsourcing company HeroX to offer a $50,000 prize pool for the finalists. UB ultimately lost the competition to CCC and Syracuse, which split the competition’s $25,000 grand prize. UB received $5,000 for being a finalist. 

UB’s innovation “mRehab” –– which nine students and professors created –– is a rehabilitation tool pairing 3D-printed household objects and smartphone technology, allowing people with sensory motor deficits to participate in daily rehabilitation more effectively. 

Read the full story at The Spectrum.

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