Computer science students Vatsal Namit, Dimitri Nikoletsos, Aashni Shah, and Carter Tinney, are recipients of a $5,000 HealthEDGE fellowship to further develop their health care solution: Project Nash, a modular tool that allows psychiatrists to collect feedback from members of a patient's support network, as well as automatically analyze patient's audio logs and social media for inconsistencies that could be a warning sign of relapse.
The team began their project concept in two courses, the Business of Software (CSC454/2527) taught by Department of Computer Science Innovation Lab (DCSIL) co-directors and co-founders Mario Grech and Helen Kontozopoulos, and Capstone Design (CSC490/2600), taught by Liam Kaufman. The team and other fellowship winners will continue to receive support and mentorship from Mario and Helen in the DCSIL incubator.
The computer science students were part of a select group of young innovators gathered at U of T’s Banting & Best Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship last week to pitch their ideas as part of the HealthEDGE initiative, led by U of T-based accelerators in computer science, engineering and medicine.
Judges included entrepreneurs and industry leaders in health. Only six fellowships were awarded to the top ideas, described as a “Dragons’ Den” competition for health care.
Project Nash member Aashni Shah says the team will spend the next four to five months building out a prototype, as well as conducting further interviews as to the policies, feasibility, and legality related to introducing their app in to the marketplace.
The fellowship winners will present their proofs of concept at a HealthEDGE demo day in the fall.
Congratulations, Project Nash!
– Read more about the event and winning HealthEDGE fellowships at U of T Medicine News
– Learn more about the Health EDGE