The team was looking for a way to help people above 65 with a BMI above 25 who want to reduce their risk factors associated with Stroke by increasing their level of physical activity/exercise, and help them make better food and lifestyle choices to improve their wellbeing, plus live independently at home.
What it does:
Provide an interactive platform for people that want to reduce their risk of stroke.
The platform helps them manage prompts them to improve their lifestyle choices, thereby improving their blood pressure (Hypertension).
We incentivise users to cheaper insurance premiums, and support incentives to help them maintain good health in their home.
How we built it:
We started workshopping all the aspects of living in the home independently and how it could be measured, tracked, reported.
We researched Stroke related apps, tools, development of health tracking smart tools and appliances for the home currently, research papers in this area and stroke statistics. We also looked at the ways we could report the information in one tool. We spoke about barriers to development (platforms, privacy and integration aspects).
We then narrowed the brief trying to think about one aspect of independent living in the house. We decided to focus on the fridge as the hub for recording food and movement tracking.Including sleep, water and energy useage.
We workshopped ways to fund the tool and agreed to focus on approaching just 1 commercial avenue (Health Insurance Funds).
We then worked backwards understanding the presentation delivery template, whilst we visualised the tool and how it could motivate the user to change behaviours (increase exercise)
Challenges we ran into are:
Narrowing the brief as we started looking at the bigger picture and all the ways we could measure health and lifestyle changes in the house.
Skills in the team (we didn't have a coder/developer so we decided early that we had to limit the project)
Dynamics of sharing ideas.
Members having limited time to contribute ideas, and leaving early.
Accomplishments that we're proud of:
Constant revision with Mentors. They helped us solidify the idea several times, and refine the presentation to fit the timing of the presentation. They also assisted with technical challenges.
Awareness of the team working on separate parts of the project and the need to bring us together every 30 minutes.
What we learned:
How much SMART home tech is avialable right now!
How to use the backgrounds of individuals effectively
Similar Hackathon themes across the project room
What's next for this idea:
Further research into Smart tools in the home and tech available now and coming in the next 2-5 years.
Building the business model and estimating the cost of Stroke related healthcare costs in Australia.
Researching process of funding models with Private Health Insurers.
Researching the integration of apps and platforms in smart home tech.
Researching costs for setting up a research team, experience and skills required.