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Huskie Hackers Developed Innovative Solutions to Health and Wellness Challenges


The Justfoodit team developed an app to encourage children to eat healthy and exercise.

The Northern Illinois University Huskie Hack drew 269 student participants, who were tasked with developing innovative solutions to health- and wellness-related challenges.

Credit: NIU Today

The 2017 Northern Illinois University (NIU) Huskie Hack featured 269 student hackers who were tasked with developing solutions to health- and wellness-related challenges.

One of the prize-winning teams created VisuaLives, a data visualization mapping tool and mobile app that uses opioid prescription and overdose data to map opioid hot spots, enabling law enforcement and health professionals to focus community education and outreach efforts on specific areas.

Another prize-winning team developed Global Medical, an app that consolidates personal medical data from multiple patient portals and displays it in an organized and readable format.

Meanwhile, another team created National Guard Hurricane Response, a mobile app that enables faster National Guard response to hurricanes and other disasters by routing immediate rescue and follow-up relief efforts.

"The students who choose to attend and participate in the Huskie Hack are eager to engage as well as explore," says Huskie Hack coordinator Tracy Rogers-Tryba.

From NIU Today
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