What to Expect During Startup Weekend: Interactive Timeline Infographic

Startup Weekend is a 54 hour jam-packed weekend of creation and innovation. To get a better idea of what to expect throughout the weekend, there’s an interactive timeline infographic to explore and discover ahead of time what will happen. Click on the image below to open the Startup Weekend Sacramento: Health Edition Interactive Timeline Infographic.

Startup Weekend Sacramento: Health Edition Interactive Timeline Infographic

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Sponsor Spotlight: Five Star Bank

Startup Weekend Sacramento: Health Edition would not be possible without support and funding from our business community. Continuing our series of articles on our awesome sponsors today we’d like to shine the spotlight on Five Star Bank, a loyal supporter of Startup Weekend Sacramento.

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Started by a group of Sacramento area business people, Five Star Bank’s goal is to provide local banking with an emphasis on commercial real estate and small business. Today Five Star Bank has grown into a trusted business partner, providing business owners, professionals, real estate investors and individuals, solution-based personal service. They are committed to supporting the local community, working closely with those who share a dedication to making the place we call home better, striving to provide thoughtful solutions for customers and to be a part of creating solutions for our community.

Thank you Five Star Bank for supporting entrepreneurship in Sacramento!

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Change Health and Life Sciences in 54 Hours

Startup Weekend is back in Sacramento with a health edition! If you’re not familiar, Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where inventors, programmers designers and business development folks come together to pitch an idea and launch a business, all in one weekend. It is a great opportunity to test startup ideas, meet potential co-founders, and launch your next startup! Please check this video to get a better idea about the event.

Come and test your ideas meant to innovate in any of the following areas:
· Research in medicine and life sciences
· Patient experience during visits, treatment and recovery
· Healthcare
· Diagnosis or monitoring of health issues
· Tracking of health, nutrition, physical activity, etc.
· Everything related to health insurance and billing data

For more information and to register for the event click here.

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Sponsor Spotlight: SMUD

Startup Weekend Sacramento: Health Edition would not be possible without support and funding from our business community. Continuing our series of articles on our awesome sponsors today we’d like to shine the spotlight on one of our most loyal sponsors, SMUD.

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SMUD has been a long time supporter of Startup Weekend here in Sacramento and we’re very pleased to have them once again as a sponsor for our Health Edition.

SMUD is a strong supporter of organizations that support the Sacramento community and they proudly give back to the community by supporting efforts that improve the quality of life in our region. Through financial support, employee volunteerism and partnerships with their customers and non-profit organizations, they eagerly support causes that make a difference and align with their four key values; Leadership, Integrity, Ingenuity, Community.

Thank you SMUD for supporting entrepreneurship in Sacramento!

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One Part Inspiration, One Part Necessity: The Intersection of Healthcare and Technology

Announcing the next Health 2.0 Sacramento meet up, an event to get our Startup Weekend participants primed for Startup Weekend Sacramento: Health Edition.

You never know where your next great idea may come from, but odds are it will come from one of two sources: necessity and inspiration.

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We’ve got your inspiration right here!
The next Health 2.0 Sacramento meet-up features speakers from right here in the Sacramento region who are launching new products and programs that are changing the way patients access care while making real breakthroughs in digital and mobile health.

When: Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: Hacker Lab, 1715 I Street, Sacramento, California

Cost: Free

SPEAKERS

Jay-SalesJAY SALES, Director, The Shop, Innovation Strategist, VSP Global
Co-leading “The Shop” at VSP Global, Jay is leading exploration of the intersection between healthcare, quantified self, mHealth and high fashion.

 

 

Steven-ChanSTEVEN CHAN, UC Davis, The Doctor Weighs In
A research-track physician at University of California, Davis, Steve is working on digital health technologies to improve behavioral health and underserved medicine.

 

 

Keisuke-NakagawaKEISUKE NAKAGAWA, Founder & CEO, Whitekoat
Medical student entrepreneur building technologies that make medicine understandable and accessible for each and every person around the world.

 

Register for Health 2.0 on April 20

About Health 2.0 Sacramento
Connecting Health & Tech in Sacramento & Central California
Health 2.0 Sacramento is a grassroots group of innovators with a mission to cultivate and propel health technology, with a focus on mobile, wireless, and Internet technology.
http://health2sacramento.org








Sponsor Spotlight: DLA Piper

Startup Weekend Sacramento: Health Edition would not be possible without support and funding from our business community. In the next few weeks leading up to the April 29-May 1 event, we’d like to publicly recognize this generous support.

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The lawyers in DLA Piper’s Sacramento office help companies from startups to multinationals with their corporate, intellectual property and dispute resolution needs, and we help clients including corporations, associations, Indian tribes and governmental agencies to navigate the challenges of California government and regulation.

Thank you DLA Piper for supporting entrepreneurship in Sacramento!

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Sponsor Spotlight: Rocket Department

Startup Weekend Sacramento: Health Edition would not be possible without support and funding from our business community. In the next few weeks leading up to the April 29-May 1 event, we’d like to publicly recognize this generous support.

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Sacramento-based Rocket Department is itself a startup, originating 2 years ago from a Cereal Hack hackathon. Since that time, the team at Rocket Department have been stalwart supporters and champions of the Sacramento startup community and Startup Weekend. They build ideas to inspire people and to create a vibrant, tech-forward region. They work closely with innovators, entrepreneurs, businesses, and community groups.

Thank you Rocket Department!

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Sponsor Spotlight: Apptology

Startup Weekend Sacramento: Health Edition would not be possible without support and funding from our business community. In the next few weeks leading up to the April 29-May 1 event, we’d like to publicly recognize this generous support.

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Apptology once again is demonstrating its generosity, commitment, and support of Sacramento’s startup community and Startup Weekend by once again sponsoring at the platinum level.

Based in Northern California, Apptology is the leading mobile applications development and mobile marketing company. They are unique in their service offering because they are the only company to offer a comprehensive suite of ReadyBuilt affordable solutions for the mobile applications industry for the SMB. Their management team are entrepreneurs and industry pioneers from Silicon Valley and Fortune 500 companies working in mobile, interactive and new media technologies. They have a team of nearly 100 developers who have created hundreds of applications for various companies around the world on ALL mobile platforms.

Thank you Apptology!








Sponsor Spotlight: I/O Labs and The Urban Hive

Startup Weekend Sacramento: Health Edition would not be possible without support and funding from our business community. In the next few weeks leading up to the April 29-May 1 event, we’d like to publicly recognize this generous support.

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First, we’d like to thank our Signature sponsor and event venue sponsor, I/O Labs and The Urban Hive. The Urban Hive has been a long-time pillar of support to the region’s startup community and has hosted several Startup Weekends. The Startup Weekend Sacramento organizing team is excited to continue working with this key innovation partner to the Sacramento startup scene.

Sacramento’s tech scene has been abuzz with the announcement of I/O Labs, a new incubator, accelerator and coworking space currently under development downtown. Brandon Weber, founder of both The Urban Hive and I/O Labs is a key player in our startup community and a strong supporter of Startup Weekend.

“We are excited about the energy around healthcare and medical technology startups in Sacramento and believe that this will be an important vertical for our city as innovation and technology become more essential. We see Startup Weekend Sacramento as an integral part of the developing ecosystem and are happy to have The Urban Hive and I/O Labs sponsor.”

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Interview with Team Member and Healthcare Entrepreneur, Cinde Dolphin

Cinde Dolphin, founder of Kili Medical Drain Carrier and Startup Weekend Sacramento organizing team member
Cinde Dolphin, founder of Kili Medical Drain Carrier and Startup Weekend Sacramento organizing team member

Startup Weekend Sacramento is 100% led by volunteer community leaders. Our team is fortunate to include several entrepreneurs involved in health and health tech. Team member Cinde Dolphin is the founder and patent owner of a Kili Medical Drain Carrier and creator of Kilimanjaro Carrier – two tools developed to support medical post-op patients and drive entrepreneurship in third-world countries.

Kili Medical Drain Carrier is designed to be a comfortable solution to surgical patients who must manage post-op drains. Kilimanjaro Carrier is a division of Kili Medical Drain Carrier that operates in Tanzania and Kenya. Kili Carriers employs women in small businesses to produce aprons that can hold medical drains or used for a variety of household tasks.

What was your 30 second pitch to describe your startup?

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Kili Carrier Medical Drain Carrier

My pitch was compelling because I included facts. I researched and compiled data that made a very strong case for building a “better mousetrap.” Also, I’d personally experienced the dilemma that my idea was going to solve. I provided a brief description of the solution I was suggesting, and invited developers, marketers and tech experts to help me make it better. I think my opening line was something like; “More than 51,000 women will require a mastectomy this year. Almost all of them will be required to deal with wound care drains for at least three weeks during recovery. I believe I have a simple, comfortable solution that is superior to the current device – a safety pin.”

How did the idea come about?

A wakeup call. An uncomfortable, unexpected wakeup call.I was roused from my anesthesia cloud gently, thanks to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) nurse. But then found odd attachments – like octopus extensions with bulbs. I’d just had a lumpectomy procedure. Some excision had occurred. So then, what were these new additions? I didn’t count on gaining appendages. How did these new “hitchhikers” plan to travel with me?

A Jackson Pratt® (JP) drain is an awkward experience for any cancer patient. Just when life is swirling out of control, new issues arise around sleeping, bathing and regaining mobility.

So, I was handed safety pins. Four unique cancers, nine surgeries over 20 years, and each successive time I was handed safety pins to support my JP drains. When drains were pinned to my gown, I rolled onto them at night. Or, in some cases a nurse forgot they were attached and yanked the sutures when changing my gown. Taking showers meant gravity tugged my bulbs from the length of the tube.

Why wasn’t there a simple, comfortable way to allow individuals to return to “normal” lifestyles while sporting medical drains?

I wanted a solution. A way to support the suspended drains – heavy with mucus and blood clots – that didn’t aggravate my wound area. My plastic surgeon suggested a Home Depot canvas apron, and it received rave reviews from the UC Davis Medical Center nursing team. In fact, the Intensive Care Unit crew applauded the apron pockets since it meant not spending valuable time searching for my drains in order to clear fluids. Also, it permitted me to sleep through the night – even when it was necessary for them to check drain fluid levels in the wee hours.

But the canvas construction was stiff and certainly wouldn’t work for bathing. The dilemma took me to a Dollar Store. As a fan of Dollar Stores, I’ve often found undiscovered gems. Such as, right next to the sewing notions, “fine lingerie washing bags.” Soft mesh bags with a zipper closure. My nephew is a talented seamstress. He’s fabricated car interiors, soft pillows for kids and now he was going to produce drain carriers for patients. We trimmed the lingerie bags to a more convenient size. I purchased double-fold bias tape at the fabric store. We tested a couple of different models, and arrived at a prototype about 11 inches long and 7 inches high. Bias tape was stitched along the upper edge and left with 18 inch extensions on each side for waist ties and the Kili Medical Drain Carrier was born.

How did you validate that your solution was viable?

I laundered the bags, and offered to provide them free to patients of UC Davis Medical Center’s plastic surgery office.

Almost immediately, patient feedback was very positive. “I did not take it off for the whole time I had the drains. We showered, lounged, walked, and slept together,” said Suzi from Folsom, Calif.. “It was so easy to wash in the shower, allowing me to also wash the drains. It was a great gift and blessing at a very difficult time. Thank you so much!”

Over the next couple of months, the carrier was improved. I found a vendor who met my very specifications and individually contained each one using secured cellophane bags. The UC Davis Med Center PACU Nurse Manager ordered 100 carriers and they were issued after each procedure that included a drain. His medical team said carriers helped them do their jobs – allowing them to see drains easily and keeping them organized around the patient’s torso area.

A key development was when I participated in Startup Weekend – Women’s Edition. A team of individuals I’d never met before collaborated to design an infrastructure for my business. They helped me to identify and prioritize target audiences. Together we asked the public if they’d buy the product. The validation process absolutely confirmed there was a need. Due to an intense and valuable discovery process, issues were raised that hadn’t even been considered before. Yet, in 54 hours, I’d put my business in a position to be launched within a month as a medical device supplier. As a bonus, some attendees offered to provide pro bono services to support the product introduction.

What were some key lessons-learned in getting from the idea to where you are now.

Specific to the Startup Weekend experience? You never know who might have invaluable insight. Initially I thought I’d nailed the prototype, yet others weighed in and then I discovered so much still had to be worked out. My plans for inventory lead time and pricing structures for bulk orders had to be scrubbed after key deficiencies were brought to my attention.

Another lesson I learned was to avoid getting mired in small details. When our team started debating things that wouldn’t be a part of the final presentation, we learned to take a break. A walk around the block, or a call home to check on the family helped us to refocus and determine the most critical points to communicate.

Do you have any words of advice, inspiration, or encouragement for someone out there who has an idea?

First of all, be realistic. Second, dream big. Start by calling it a project – then it’s less daunting than calling it a new business. As pieces start falling into place, you can begin the process of funding, borrowing and employing — then you have a business. Start thinking about scalability and exit strategies. Then ask yourself “what will be my next big idea?”