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Bringing Innovation to Maternal Health: “Make the Breastpump Not Suck!” Hackathon

MIT Media Lab

Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM (EDT)

Bringing Innovation to Maternal Health: “Make the...

Ticket Information

Type Remaining End Quantity
ENGINEER/DEVELOPER ticket 7 Tickets Ended Free  
DESIGNER ticket 4 Tickets Ended Free  
HEALTHCARE ticket 2 Tickets Ended Free  
BREASTPUMP USER ticket 4 Tickets Ended Free  
MEDIA ticket 3 Tickets Ended Free  
EDUCATOR ticket 1 Ticket Ended Free  

Event Details

On September 20th & 21st, 2014, the MIT Media Lab will host its second "Make the Breast Pump Not Suck" Hackathon where MIT students will work together with parents, medical professionals, designers, and engineers who want to work on a radical redesign of the breast pump as well as other innovations that could improve life for children, families, and employers.

Breast pumping is an experience many women hate, yet it saves the lives of premature babies and permits working women to continue a nursing relationship with their baby. The health benefits of breastfeeding, both to mother and baby, are numerous and include the reductions of type 2 diabetes, hypertension, female cancers, heart disease and osteoporosis. Despite the overwhelming data and worldwide endorsement of breastfeeding for at least two years, many women do not breastfeed or wean after several months. In particular, low-income, working women are rarely able to take extended maternity leave, to afford the cost of a pump, or to pump breastmilk at their workplace. In emerging economies around the world, women who go back to work wean their babies rather than using a breast pump.

The breast pump is the rallying cry for the event because it is a symbol of a technology that could be vastly improved in order to save lives, save money and lead to healthier and happier families. At the same time, our goal is to make space for innovation in family life more broadly and support a wide variety of different kinds of projects at the event.

Maternal and neonatal health is a space that lags behind others in innovation and we want to change that.

To learn more, visit our website or read a blog post about our first hackathon here.

NOTE ON TICKETS: There are 6 different ticket types. Please select the ticket type that best reflects your skills. If you feel that more than one ticket type applies to you, choose the role you would like to play for the day!

Weekend Schedule

Saturday, September 20


10am - 11am

Registration and Breakfast

11am - 12:30pm

Opening Remarks and Inspirational Talks (Sponsors and Guest Speakers)

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Pitches by participants, Break into Teams

1:30pm - 2pm

Lunch and Socializing, Organize Around Teams and Ideas

2pm - 6pm

Hacking! Dinner Served at 6pm, Teams Continue to Work

6pm - 7pm

Brief Demos and Day 1 Wrap Up


Sunday, September 21




11:00am - 4pm

Hacking! Lunch Served at 1pm, Teams Continue to Work

4pm - 5:30pm

Public Project Demos and Judges Panel

5:30pm - 6pm

Judges consult

6pm - 6:30pm

Prizes announced

There will be food and snacks both days at the event, as well as lactaction spaces for nursing mothers.
We will also have a small area with push toys for children to play.

We thank our sponsors for making this event possible:

Vecna Technologies



Naia Health

Have questions about Bringing Innovation to Maternal Health: “Make the Breastpump Not Suck!” Hackathon? Contact MIT Media Lab

When & Where

MIT Media Lab
75 Amherst St
3rd floor
Cambridge, MA 02139

Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM (EDT)

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MIT Media Lab

Tal Achituv, Research Assistant, Fluid Interfaces

Catherine D'Ignazio, Research Assistant, Civic Media

Alexis Hope, Research Assistant, Civic Media

Taylor Levy, Research Assistant, Playful Systems

Alexandra Metral, Artist & Research Affiliate, Fluid Interfaces

Che-Wei Wang, Research Assistant, Playful Systems

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