Our own Adriano de Bernardi Schneider, member of the Zika Response Working Group and PhD Candidate, Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics AT UNC CHARLOTTE was on the winning team! Their project, for a Larvicide Automatic Dispenser won the most Implementable Solution Award at the Zika Innovation Hack-a-thon this weekend!
The event was organized by CAMTech Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies, Global Disarter Response, Massachusetts General Hospital - Global Heath, MIT Hacking Medicine, Harvard, Global Health Institute, Design That Matters, Medtech Boston. The Hack-a-thon received generous sponsorship by GE Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, and Merck.
Their project, called L.A.D. (Larvicide Automated Dispenser), was awarded "Most Implementable Solution" sponsored by GE Foundation. The device has the potencial to help control mosquitos borne diseases such as Zika, Chikungunya, Dengue, and Malaria at the same time it reduces health care costs in countries affected by them.