MedAppJam 2016 Drawing to a Close

Med AppJam 2016 was a huge success! Over 25 teams and 140 participants came together over the course of just a few weeks, putting together 25 amazing applications that are helping to bridge the gap between technology and medicine.

This year, we focused on tools tailored tailored to optimize patient-clinician interactions. Our distinguished panel of judges included:

  • Dean Hal Stern, Dean of the School of Informatics and Computer Science
  • Goran Matijasevic, CEO at UCI Executive Roundtable
  • Jonnathan Petote, ICSSC President
  • Karan Kanwar, ICSSC Engineering Projects Director

The judges determined the winner to be:

Best Overall: Team 9 – Alzhimer’s Buddy

Team 9 had the following to say about their product:

We designed Alzheimer’s Buddy to minimize that communication divide and help Alzheimer’s patients stay better connected with their friends and family.

By pairing facial recognition technology with registered profiles, Alzheimer’s Buddy allows users to not only identify a person in real time but also immediately view relevant information about that person such as their relationship to the patient. The app can also be used to identify people in stored or shared photos on the phone. This enables users to stay up-to-date with the activities of their loved ones even when they are not physically together.

Alzheimer’s Buddy also tracks application usage daily and can generate corresponding data graphs. These graphs quantify the total number of times the app was used as well as how many times each registered profile was identified. Because Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease in which symptoms worsen over time, this tracking data can be utilized clinically by healthcare providers to monitor the course of the disease.


Congratulations to our winning team and to everyone who participated! You all built some amazing products and we’d love to see you all back next year at Med AppJam 2017!