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A healthcare application for the elderly wins BattleHack Singapore 2015

Zafirah Salim | April 2, 2015
Developers of this app, Team Jarvis, will represent Singapore at the BattleHack World Finals, competing for a US$100,000 grand prize.

Global payment providers PayPal and Braintree have partnered up to hold their annual global BattleHack competition. Visiting 14 cities around the world, the competition will culminate at the World Finals in November this year.

This year, BattleHack Singapore 2015 saw 38 teams gathering for the 24-hour hackathon, held over the weekend of March 28 to 29, to develop applications that address concerns and topics relevant to Singaporeans.

Team Jarvis - made up of Amulya Khare, Arvin Sabu Joseph, Mohit Kanwal and Rajul Gupta - emerged the winners of the competition for their application that aids in the prompt and efficient supply of medicines for the elderly in Singapore.

The team developed a smart medicine jar, equipped with a weight sensor that is able to detect the volume of pills contained within it. Once the volume of the pills drops below a predefined threshold, the server intuitively notifies the Android app - running on the caregiver's phone - reminding them to purchase more medication.

In addition, the app can also provide users with the option of purchasing medication directly from nearby pharmacies with PayPal, and have these delivered directly to their homes. It also features a backend database that gathers information on the ailments that the caregiver deals with according to the medicine bought, which will be processed by JustGiving, an online fundraising platform. On top of these, the app also can suggest associated charity organisations that the caregiver could donate to.

"We chose team Jarvis, because their hack got to the heart of a key Singaporean and human issue - caring for our loved ones and Singapore's growing Silver Generation. We ultimately selected team Jarvis for the quality of their code, and a great idea," said John Lunn, Senior Global Director, Braintree Dev, who is also one of the members of the judging panel. "Their hack could ensure your loved ones would never miss their medication again and would enable and empower a key segment of society: the Pioneers."

Following this win, Team Jarvis will represent Singapore in the BattleHack World Finals at PayPal's headquarters at Silicon Valley in November 2015, competing with winners from other cities to battle it out for the grand cash prize of US$100,000.


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