What is Hyega

Hygea is a subscription-based service, where users will sign up to receive boxes of PPE gear, each delivery containing a Biohazard appropriate disposal bag. The used PPE gear is placed in this bag and collected with each new delivery to be sanitized and appropriately recycled, in return for discounts for the user.

Our inspiration

We were inspired to tackle the subject of safely disposing of/recycling PPE based on our research, which indicated there are unique problems faced in this area. As a potential biohazard, PPE cannot be recycled normally, and with the pandemic PPE usage is way up. These both contribute to vast quantities of PPE gear making its way into the environment and polluting it. We wanted to create a sustainable solution to help bring gear where it's needed and help protect the environment at the same time.

Hygea is a subscription-based service, where users will sign up to receive boxes of PPE gear, each delivery containing a Biohazard appropriate disposal bag. The used PPE gear is placed in this bag and collected with each new delivery to be sanitized and appropriately recycled, in return for discounts for the user.

How We built it.

We built our idea from the ground up tackling the unsafe disposal of PPE. Using the link below, you can follow the flow of our ideas. Each team member came up with individual ideas, then we combined several suggestions together to come up with the current idea. Using a flow chart and a visual board, we were able to collaborate on choosing which method work best with our project. https://miro.com/app/board/o9J_kuyug7c=/

Challenges We ran into.

Time-zones was a challenge that we ran into as different members of the team lived in other parts of the world. Their Knowledge were certainly helpful, however the team had to account for amount of time spent on the project per session and section to allow for input from every member.

Another challenge we worked through was different ideas/combining ideas. Due to the diversity of the group in knowledge and expertise, there were lots of different ideas that were really good. To prevent "group think", each member with an idea gave a presentation of their ideas to the group and even combined some ideas resulting in a stronger solution for this project.

Accomplishments that we are proud of.

As a team, we were able to come up with a solution of safely disposing of/recycling PPE based on our research, data, and team work. We are so proud of the accomplishment of working together as a team, respecting each others expertises. No one feel shamed or attacked, for there suggestion or ideas as we had open deep lines of communication on each segment of the project.

In the initial research portion of this phase.

we personally learned quite a bit about the bio-hazards of used PPE, and the problems this presents to the effort to go green. It bring with is contamination, endangering the environment and post a huge threat to future generation.

If all goes well.

we believe that Hygea is a valid business model and great value add to individuals and the global community at large and have hopes of continuing growing it as a company beyond this hackathon.

Recycling and repurposing

aside that only 15% of day-to-day disposed PPE is contaminated

The technologies for virus erradication on objects are already invented, such as UVC lights and pherclorhide vapors, the idea is to take these technologies and implement them on fully automated processes down the line (this is were The UV germicidal Chamber concept got inspired of)

The biggest challenge for this service

our biggest challenge is to compete against the plastic products, by eco-responsability and fashion we hope to find our niche, thrive, and maybe someday fully dethrone the plastic, which is gonna take several fully-automatic processes and green electricity...it can be done... its just gonna be slow.

Built With

  • figma
  • google-suite
  • miro
  • solidworks
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