Nine student teams competed in the annual JagStart competition held on April 20. All of the teams pitched ideas to fellow teams and judges in hopes of earning the grand prize. JagStart is an annual event hosted by the Institute for Engaged Learning, which gives students an opportunity to pitch creative designs, business ideas, nonprofit ideas, or capstone and research projects. JagStart empowers students by giving winners a chance to take their innovative ideas to the next level.
All IUPUI students are welcome to compete in the JagStart competition. With consultation from mentors and the opportunity to grow their idea, they can compete to win the grand prize or the audience vote, with the awards being $2,500 and $1,500, respectively.
This year’s grand prize–winning idea, HappyHeart, developed a handheld pediatric heart rhythm monitor, or EKG. HappyHeart was created by students Joseph Bustamante, Katelyn Murphy, Haley Gill, and Nate Chesterson.
“A pediatric cardiologist presented the idea to us,” Murphy said. “We all could see the potential impact we could have on pediatric patient lives, so we felt inspired to make HappyHeart.”
The handheld EKG utilizes a 3D-printed shell, allowing young patients to hold the monitor comfortably. Along with comfort, HappyHeart has space to fit a phone to enable these patients to watch a show or cartoon to keep them occupied through the 30-second process.
“We worked closely with a pediatric cardiologist from the IU School of Medicine to develop a more child-friendly hand heart rhythm monitor that can be used in a clinical setting to take more accurate heart readings for the pediatric patients, as well as attempt to remove any discomfort the patient may have from the picture,” Chesterson said.