MIT’s Make The Breast Pump Not Suck Hackathon has declared its winner.
The event involved around 150 breast pump users, lactation specialists,designers, engineers, educators and healthcare specialists making efforts at MIT Media Lab by hacking, deliberating and collaborating to develop a better breast pump.
The team who worked on the “Mighty Mom” was declared the winner for first prize of $3,000 from Veronica Technologies, (Inc).
The judgement panel comprising of a panel of the Hackathon’s inspirational speakers chose the winners.
Erin Freeburger, members of the designer team of “Mighty Mom”, “Team Batman” said, “The breast pump sucks but we all love our babies more. So there seemed to be an obvious need to fix this.”
“And, I think another thing was bringing people’s voices to the fore front and realizing that everyone has the same three to five key issues with [the breast pump].”
Breast pumps are available in either electric or manual versions. Mighty Mom is a wearable, discreet as well as a very small belt to pump breasts.
Out of the ten proposals, the second position was obtained by “Helping Hands” winning US$2,000 from Medela.
“Pump IO” won US$1,000 from Naia Health for third prize, while a special US$500 prize for “Outstanding User-Focused Design” from Moxxley went to “Second Nature.”
“Compress Express” won the Pioneer Award and was also the winner of the most popular vote on challenge posts.
“I guess the fantasy going forward would that we can incorporate a lot of other neat ideas and bring a lot of the other people in the Hackathon into the design discussion and build something that takes all of the best ideas,” said team member Don Blair talking about the future of “Mighty Mom.”
Pejman Mar Ventures is ready to sponsor two of the members of the winning group on a trip to Silicon Valley and pitch their ideas to potential investors.
“If we push it out there, people give their feedback, and people respond, this could really change something,” commented Freeburger.