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October 29, 2018

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Brandcenter students win Caring for the Caregiver Hackathon

Two Brandcenter first year students in the Experience Design track, Melissa Poe and Daniel Huffine, were part of a team of VCU students who won first prize in The Lindsay Institute's Caring for the Caregiver Hackathon this October, 2018. The team created an app called Hummingbird, which is designed to help caregivers of people with complex needs coordinate care with health aides and others. The students beat out stiff multi-university competition, winning $1,000 scholarships (each), the $3500 grand prize to share, and professional support to build out their app.

Pictured from left to right, front row: Caregiver consultant Cheryl Smith, Mahira Ali (rehab engineering), Sara Tierney (OT), Melissa Poe (Brandcenter), and Mern Capps (OT); in back, Daniel Huffine (Brandcenter), Tony Gentry (coach), and Linda Alexander (rehab engineering)