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Inspiring Breakthroughs at AIT SDG Summer School: Student Teams Forge Innovations for Digital Tuberculosis Management in 5-Day Challenge

30 Jul 2023
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By AIT Public Affairs

31 July 2023 – AIT SDG Summer School, co-hosted by the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and the University of Geneva, was held from July 24-29, building upon the success of the SDG Open Hack 2022. 

Over the course of five days, three teams, including both undergraduate and graduate students, developed innovative solutions for the digital management of Tuberculosis (TB). During this summer school, participants were allowed to refine and shape their solutions, benefiting from the guidance and mentorship provided by domain experts. The platform also served as an outlet for participants to showcase their groundbreaking ideas to a wider audience.

Prof. Dieter Trau, Director of the AIT Entrepreneurship Center, highlighted the multifaceted benefits participants took away from the experience. “Beyond establishing an international network, they gained insights into the pressing significance of Tuberculosis, a disease that had been overshadowed by Covid but now is an alarming threat. Participants also grasped the potential of digital solutions in combating TB, delving into innovative applications of diverse technologies for diagnostics and treatment support across various diseases,” he said.

Prof. Dieter Trau
Dr. Gopi Krishna

Dr. Gopi Krishna, Coordinator of the Sponsored and Contracted Projects Unit, extended his gratitude towards UNITAR, a key catalyst in initiating the collaboration that linked AIT with the University of Geneva and other like-minded institutions. “The support of the University of Geneva was pivotal to the event’s success, and we look forward to future collaborations,” he added.

Professor Nick Paton,  Senior Consultant within the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Department of Medicine, National University Hospital and Associate Professor Pablo Bifani from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the National University of Singapore were prominent speakers at the event. They not only provided valuable insights but also inspired the participants. Their profound ideas and thought-provoking discussions served as a motivating force, encouraging students to delve deeper into the issue.

An interesting parallel aspect of the event was the simultaneous interaction between participants in both locations, with exchanges occurring between AIT and Geneva.

The event had three distinct groups, each pursuing a unique project:

  1. Reakshar Chhorn and Chhoeurt Sokla from AIT, along with Mounh Khaisinh from The Royal University Phnom Penh (RUPP), formed a team named RSK. Their project was titled ‘TB Patient Monitoring Management System (TB PMMS)’.
  2. Augustine Odibo from Chulalongkorn University, joined by Md. Sakib Bin Alam and Aiman Lameesa from AIT formed the TB CareMate group. Their project was titled ‘Medication Adherence Prediction: Self Management in Low Resource Settings’.
  3. Vineet Singh, Venu Kumar Ranga, and Salman Khan from AIT formed the TB.AI team. Their project was titled ‘Global Challenge of Tuberculosis and its Integration with latest technologies’.

The winning teams were RSK and TB.AI. Both groups have earned the esteemed prize of 25,000 baht for their outstanding efforts. Team TB CareMate, achieved the runner-up position and will be granted a prize of 10,000 baht.

Participants expressed their appreciation for the event, citing it as a platform that nurtured creativity, innovation, and the showcase of their individual talents. The summer school provided a valuable networking opportunity, fostering interactions with mentors, and fellow participants, and a profoundly inspiring environment.

All participating teams have unanimously agreed further to cultivate their respective projects within the EC incubation plan.

The award ceremony will take place on August 30th, 2023. The ceremony aligns perfectly with the AIT EC Open House Day and will witness the presentation of prizes and award certificates to all deserving winners.

TB Patient Monitoring Management System (TB PMMS) Group
TB CareMate Group
TB.AI Group