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UW CSE students compete in the UW Health Innovation Challenge

The MultiModal Health team

Lars Crawford, Brian Mogen, Tyler Libey and Dimitrios Gklezakos

The finals of the inaugural Health Innovation Challenge, hosted by the UW Foster School of Business Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, took place yesterday on campus. Three finalists with a UW CSE connection—FitTraction, HLTH, and MultiModal Health—were among the 18 interdisciplinary teams (out of a competitive field of 34) invited to pitch their ideas to improve health with technology to a roomful of judges drawn from the local community.

MultiModal Health, which captured third place, developed an interactive platform for physical rehabilitation. The company’s vHAB product line gamifies therapy exercises to improve patient engagement and outcomes and provide real-time data to providers. The MultiModal Health team includes UW CSE student Dimitrios Gklezakos, bioengineering students Tyler Libey and Brian Mogen, and neurobiology alum Lars Crawford.

FitTraction is a mobile and web app that could revolutionize the fitness industry by providing a way for gym members and their trainers to share and track workouts. The goal of FitTraction is to improve motivation and accountability—which will lead to improved health. The FitTraction team includes UW CSE students Ian Turner and Justin Lee, and entrepreneurship and information systems student Christian Taylor.

The HLTH app is designed to empower underserved and low-income populations to follow medically recommended preventative health schedules. HLTH was created by UW CSE student Travis Chen, medical student Daniel Dudley, HCDE student Anastacia Jaime, and international marketing student Yamato Abe.

Read more about the winning teams here, and check out the terrific GeekWire article on the competition.

Congratulations to Dimitrios and his teammates, and well-done to everyone from UW CSE and across the campus who participated!

March 4, 2016