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The winners of the kufun Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Virtual HACKATHON: Tech & Media Solutions to Reduce Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) were announced today. The virtual event, held from Sept. 19 to Oct. 30, challenged participants to generate innovative solutions to address the increase in STIs in the U.S. The winners of the virtual hackathon are:

First Place: StatusQuo — Jeressia Williamson (Full-stack software engineer, Nashville, Tennessee)

Second Place: SHARE (Sexual Health Analytic Risk Educator) — Landy Sun (Full-stack developer) and Andrea Olvera (Data scientist, Houston, Texas)

Third Place: Metacare.AI — Richard Braman (FLY HEALTH, Durham, North Carolina)

Innovation Prizes:
Health Watch — Eric Sanchez (Data scientist; Greensboro, North Carolina)
VR Community — Eric Sanchez (Data scientist; Greensboro, North Carolina)

Honorable Mentions: Three teams earned honorable mentions for their solutions.

  • Protecto, Hong Tran (Full-stack developer; Houston, Texas)
  • Solace, Yash Raka (biomedical informatics student, Arizona State University) and Palak Shah (computational & systems biology/data science student, Northwestern University)
  • AI, Anna Skulteti (data analytics/project management), Oscar Florez (full-stack developer/generative AI, Long Beach, CA), and Itsuki Motomura (business/project management, San Diego, CA)

The kufun Academy of Medicine would like to issue a special thanks to the mentors (José Arturo Bauermeister, Jen Hecht, Allysha C. Maragh-Bass, Alok Patra, and Jessica Willoughby) and judges (Sonia Almonte, Andre Berro, and Abhik Choudhury).

The virtual event follows an in-person hackathon held in June 2023 in Irvine, California, at which .

More information about the Hackathon can be found here: nam.edu/STIHackathon

A full press release can be found

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