19th May 2020
Hungarian group – Entremo, which EIT Health InnoStars granted at the beginning of April to support the development of their 3D printed glasses, won the first edition of #EUvsVirus Hackathon hosted by the European Commission in Health and Life category.
The team is a force
Entremo is a group of six young innovators, who decided to face COVID-19 challenge, and they created a 3D printed prototype of a medical device to improve remote monitoring of patients infected by the coronavirus. The device makes it possible to monitor patient’s vital signs such as temperature or oxygen saturation without the necessity of direct contact between physicians, nurses and the patient. One nurse can oversee even a hundred patients at the same time, while automatic alert functionalities make it possible to diagnose deteriorating cases instantly, thus enabling quicker reaction times. The prototype costs EUR 21, and thanks to the effect of the scale the cost can be even lower. Their solution was recognised as the best one out of 900 projects in the health-related category of this very first #EUvsVirus pan-European hackathon, organised by the European Commission.
„One of the main missions of EIT Health is to explore and support talented people and teams by validating their ideas and projects, and supporting their journey with knowledge, funding and professional network to- and in the market. Defining the most important characteristics of a successful entrepreuner or a team is an evergreen topic, and although there is no universal answer for this question, we believe that the key attributes are knowledge, creativity, diligence and the relentless thrive for excellence. In Entremo we found all these characteristics, besides the great and scalable product, which can be driven to the market, in a short period of time and can actively support the fight against COVID-19. We are proud that we had the opportunity to support the team with our expertise and give them the special EIT Health InnoStars price Hack the Crisis Hackathon.” – says Tamas Bekasi, RIS Business Creation Project Manager at EIT Health InnoStars.
“We have been to many hackathons before, and we’re glad that we were able to build upon our prior experiences to tackle these new challenges our world is facing. We have talked to several mentors and professionals, but we are especially grateful for all the help we received from the EIT Health InnoStars mentors: Balazs Fürjes, Tamas Bábel and Tamas Bekási. We were in close contact with them during both hackathons (Hack the Crisis and EUvsVirus) and their guidance and support proved to be game-changing in hindsight.” – says Peter Lakatos from Entremo.
Hacking the coronavirus together
#EUvsVirus initiative was the first pan-European hackathon hosted by the European Commission and the European Innovation Council in collaboration with the EU member states to answer COVID-19-related challenges. EIT Health InnoStars was an official Partner of the event supporting and mentoring the start-ups.
Since the COVID-19 crisis arrived, InnoStars together with 150 EIT Health partners, has become very active in using its network’s strength in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and has supported initiatives in the common battle with this virus. Read more here.