No question, there is a need for mass serological tests to aid decisions of regulatory bodies, national governments and local municipalities affecting the economy and healthcare systems. If there is massive data on previous contaminations, re-building the economy can be accelerated.
This is taken care of on a high level. That is why we rather think locally, and use local perspective to overcome this challenge. Local communities, neighbourhoods, companies could benefit from having their members tested, to allow continuity of their work, social gatherings and basic functionality.
There are serological rapid tests, immunoassays already on the market. We would like to enhance the available tests and add a kit which connects the tests to mobile app and a central database.
What it does
The quick digital diagnostic response technology adds extra value to lateral serological tests, immunoassays. We would produce a kit (a box with QR code) in which the test device can be put in after the serological test is done. The kit makes results of tests accessible after reading digital QR code along with the test results by mobile/tablet.
The results are transmitted to a central database along with geographical location of the tester. Symptoms that are applicable can also be entered to the mobile app and sent to the central database.
The individual tester will be able to access their data, the local community/company which purchased the kits could access the data of their members explicitly. The central database can be made accessible only to national/municipal health authorities in case confidentiality agreement is in place.
This simple system allows clear identification of tests and traceability of results, and can be used for all devices.
How I built it
We designed sample app workflow and screens for Android and Apple. Our designers created a logo for our team and for the QDDR technology as part of an introductory design package. The kit itself is planned to be made of cardboard, with a printed QR code on it.
How it works - the process
Test is ordered for a group/community We give a box with QR code to each test After the self-check the participant puts the test in the box with QR code Scan the result with the application on their phone The user, the company/community who payed for the kit and authorities can access the result
The market we target
Companies, organizations, local communities, neighborhoods, municipialties What is common is that they would like to go back to normal They would like to make data-driven decisions on home office work, home schooling, or community gatherings and events They are OK with spending an extra €5 for our product when they buy a test
Challenges I ran into
*Technical challenge: * We have to plan for different tests that are already available for commercial use. Technical issues of visual recognition machine learning issues shall be anticipated and taken care of, like order of Control, IgG, IgM lines on different tests.
Marketing challenge: Additionally, WHO confirmed today (25 April) that antibodies developed does not mean immunity, so business continuity/healthcare/economic decisions based on results of mass serological testing shall be made carefully and possibly more data is needed to establish concept of immunity. People are advised to be re-tested each 6 months and in the meantime if they have any symptoms. There is available data on derological test malfunctioning, saying that 30% of the tests on the market are reliable. We shall mitigate the risk of using our product together with non-reliable tests, so we seek partnerships.
*Personal hackathon challange for these days - a bit of fun: * During the two days some of our team members encountered some personal challenges ranging from crying kids to having left the coffee in the microwave without noticing.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
The team worked efficiently, with live screen sharing sessions, continuous communication and calls.
Three of the team members were in contact with 8 mentors altogether who gave valuable advice on the pitch, marketing, sales and gave significant amount of encouragement. The original project submission has been revised based on suggestions from mentors.
The teamwork was well organised and smooth, also involving new members.We found the focus and clarified the important issues (users, revenue structure, etc.). We received positive feedback and subsequent support offers from mentors.
What I learned
Working together in a mixed way with live streaming, common editable doc, texting and several calls is really effective. Each contact gives a different perspective. The team members with different backgrounds, age group, experiences added value extensively.
What's next for Quick Digital Diagnostic Response (QDDR)
Finalization of the mobile app, and the central database will come next. The QDDR solution can be made quickly, there is no need to develop non-existing technology for implementation. As the kit is not built in the actual lateral test device, there is no need to clarify the long process with different companies and institutions. The separate kit with mobile app is cost-effective and easy to use. This is why we are planning to make a prototype in the next month.
We are looking for investors and 1-3 partner test manufacturers.