HP partnered with Texas A&M University and Geeks Without Bounds, an accelerator for humanitarian projects, to host a code-a-thon with the challenge to create an application to help manage people’s health. The event, “Hack for Health,” was open to Texas A&M students on November 15 and 16, 2013. 

The winning team developed “Baby Allergy Journal,” a user-friendly website that helps parents manage their children’s allergies electronically and record symptoms, triggers and treatments. The team was made up of three students: Szu Wei Wang a computer science master’s student; Szu Hsuan Lin, a doctoral candidate at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, and Mu-Fen Hsieh, a computer science doctoral student. 

HP Innovative Council

Bethany Mayer, senior vice president and general manager of HP Networking, Szu-Wei Wang, Szu-Hsuan Lin and Mu-Fen Hsieh

The winning team was awarded an all-expense paid trip to San Francisco where the team attended the Women’s Innovation Council dinner on February 11. The Women’s Innovation Council was founded in 2013 by senior vice president and general manager of HP Networking, Bethany Mayer. The Council brings together leaders across industries to share ideas about how to use technology to benefit their communities. 

The team from Texas A&M showcased its website to the Council and each team member was awarded a $1,000 HP gift card and a certificate of participation. 

Upon return from California, the team is working to develop its application further with Startup Aggieland, a student-run business accelerator for students. 

To learn more about “Hack for Health” watch the video from the code-a-thon.

— Rae Lynn Mitchell

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