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Gun Violence Prevention Challenge Summit, Hack-a-thon & Demo Day April - June, 2018 | Boston, massachusetts

During the Gun Violence Prevention Challenge Summit & Hack-a-thon, the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech) employed a public health approach to gun violence prevention by generating innovations addressing gun safety, mental health, community resilience, and policy.

Gun Violence Prevention Challenge Summit

Friday, April 13, 2018

Welcoming Remarks

“What really matters is the people in this room who start a conversation across disciplinary lines. We don’t want an echo chamber, but we want an action step.” - Dr. Kristian Olson, CAMTech Director

Morning Keynote

“It’s a challenge. Every day, that’s how I judge how well I’m doing: by the number of kids who get shot in our city.” - Commissioner William B. Evans, Boston Police Department

Fireside Chat

Dr. Peter Masiakos of Massachusetts General Hospital and Commissioner William B. Evans of the Boston Police Department discuss the intersection of health and law enforcement and gun violence prevention.

Panel 1: Self-Inflicted Gun Violence

Dr. Sandro Galea of the Boston University School of Public Health, Mary Vriniotis of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, Monica Valdes Lupi of the Boston Public Health Commission and Angus McQuilken of the MA Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence highlight challenges related to self-inflicted gun violence.

Personal Story: Dr. Joseph Sakran, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Joseph Sakran of Johns Hopkins University shares a story of him surviving an accidental shooting and how surviving gun violence lead him to his career as a trauma surgeon.

Panel 2: Unintentional Shootings

Dr. Joseph Sakran of Johns Hopkins University, Dr. David Hemenway of the Harvard School of Public Health, Sheriff Peter Koutoujian of the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office, John Rosenthal of Stop Handgun Violence and Dr. Judith Palfrey Boston Children’s Hospital discuss unintentional shootings.

Personal Story: Martin Henson, Black Lives Matter - Boston

Martin Henson of Black Lives Matter - Boston discussed gun violence, alternative community structures, dismantling white supremacy, intersectional dialogue, and coalition building.

Panel 3: Gun Assaults

Dr. Michael Siegel of the Boston University School of Public Health, Mike Weisser of the Huffington Post, Rachel Rodrigues of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute and Kevin Lynch of the Resolve to Stop the Violence Project raise challenges related to gun assaults.

Personal Story: Joshua McGill, Survivor of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub Shooting

Joshua McGill, a nursing student who survived the Orland Pulse Nightclub shooting, shares his story of saving a bartender who was shot in the Pulse Nightclub in 2016.
"I just did what I hope anyone would have done for me if I was in that situation." - Joshua McGill

Afternoon Keynote: Mayor Martin J. Walsh, City of Boston

Mayor Martin J. Walsh addresses innovators to emphasize the need of innovation to address gun violence and outlines the City of Boston's strategy to reduce gun violence.
“I hope that some of the information that comes out of this Hack-a-thon will be implemented in Boston." - Mayor Martin J. Walsh, City of Boston

Interactive Coffee Session: Challenge Identification

Innovators translated pain points raised during the Gun Violence Prevention Challenge Summit to problem statements before pitching during the Gun Violence Prevention Hack-a-thon.

Panel 4: Mass Shootings

Dr. Douglas Wiebe of the University of Pennsylvania, Ruhi Bengali of Everytown for Gun Safety and Kristen Bauer of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America close the day's panels by listing challenges in addressing mass shootings.

Personal Story : Jody Marchand, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Jody Marchand of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America shares her story of surviving domestic violence and encourages innovators to address gun violence prevention.

Gun Violence Prevention Hack-a-thon

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Following the Challenge Summit, participants in the Gun Violence Prevention Hack-a-thon worked around the clock Saturday and Sunday to develop projects that ranged from gun buyback programs for safe firearm disposal to gun donor stickers on state-issued IDs.

At the MGH Simches Research Center, Dr. Kristian Olson, CAMTech's Director, offers Welcoming Remarks and reviews pain points identified during the Gun Violence Prevention Challenge Summit.

Guns 101: An introduction to bullets and shells, speeds and energy, and wound patterns

Dr. Ryan Carroll of Massachusetts General Hospital presents Guns 101.

Hacking 101: An introduction to the hack-a-thon model

Sahil Mehta of Lattice Innovations presents Hacking 101.

Challenge Pitches

Innovators at the Gun Violence Prevention Hack-a-thon pitched 34 challenges related to gun violence before forming into 10 cross-disciplinary teams.

Hacking Commences

Innovators organically formed 10 teams comprised of members from a variety of backgrounds to employ the magic of co-creation to design their solutions. Teams worked around the clock to develop novel innovations to improve gun violence prevention before pitching their solutions to an expert panel of judges.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Final Presentations

Teams pitched 10 solutions to an expert panel of judges, including Dr. Peter Masiakos of Massachusetts General Hospital, Anne Donohue of the BU College of Communications, Ben Beck of ELEVEN, and Ladi Olaoye of the National Society for Black Engineers.

Award Winners

Through cross-disciplinary collaboration, mentorship and award incentives, teams fostered ideas into novel innovations with the potential to curb the epidemic of gun violence and improve the lives of survivors. Participants with diverse backgrounds and skill sets pitched over 34 challenges related to gun violence prevention, formed cross-disciplinary teams and pitched 10 solutions. CAMTech awarded Christy Charlot, a 22 year old student from Fisher College, and her team, Dream Alive, the Community Resilience Award.

“The word violence just captured my attention because I’ve had a lot of violent incidents in my life. It’s not about winning. It’s about changing lives.” - Christy Charlot, Team Dream Alive

Community Resilience Award ($1,000): Team Dream Alive - an online platform that links families and individuals affected by gun violence to mentors and social services

Team Dream Alive

Communications Strategy Award ($1,000): Team Good Guys with a Gun - an app-based educational tool that trains gun owners about safe firearm storage

Team Good Guys with a Gun

Tech Innovation Award ($1,000): Team Sobriety Control Gun (SCG) - an alcohol sensing firearm locking device that uses a breathalyzer and combination lock to replace the existing cable lock

Team Sobriety Control Gun (SCG)

Gun Violence Prevention Demo Day

Friday, June 15, 2018

During the Gun Violence Prevention Demo Day, CAMTech awarded Team Good Guy with a Gun, which includes Dr. Peter Greenspan of Massachusetts General Hospital, Kaleigh Killoran of Harvard Business School, Zoe Wolszon of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Christian Paxson, a Special Forces Weapons Sergeant and firearms instructor, a $10K grand prize and acceleration support. Team Good Guy with a Gun innovated an app-based education tool that uses embedded Public Service Announcements to train gun owners about gun safety.

Team Good Guy with a Gun

A multidisciplinary panel of judges, including Brian Rosnov of Philips HealthWorks, Ela Ben-Ur of Olin College of Engineering and Dr. Ryan Carroll of Mass General Hospital, selected Team Good Guy with a Gun after four teams pitched their solutions with the potential to curb the gun violence epidemic and improve the lives of survivors. In April, Team Good Guy with a Gun also won the $1,000 Communications Strategy Award during CAMTech's Gun Violence Prevention Hack-a-thon.

Team Good Guy with a Gun will join RespirAid, JanaCare, Sanidrop, Just Milk, GEMs Boxes, NovaVeil, Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS), Low Cost Biosensor, Aedes Home Educational Action Kit (AHEAD) and LarvaFinder as the twelfth innovation to enter the CAMTech Accelerator Program (CAP).

CAMTech congratulates all participants on their dedication to improving gun violence prevention and thanks our sponsors and in-kind donors for their continued support. Photos by Alejandra Spruill of Emerson College.

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