We helped our participants build diverse teams that included breast pump users, engineers, designers, and more.
Typically, hackathons draw from a young, male, technically sophisticated audience. We wanted to create a different kind of event, one that welcomed people with different expertise and made room for parents—and yes, babies!
Prior to the event, we received thousands of e-mails from moms across the country who had suggestions and requests for improving the Breast Pump. At the hackathon, we created an "idea wall" with excerpts from these e-mails and helped our participants incorporate user stories into their prototypes.
Motors, tubes, fabrics, 3D printing, and more! From sewing machines to soldering irons, we equipped our participants with everything they might need to prototype their ideas.
Participants at the event took apart existing Breast Pumps (generously donated by our sponsoring companies) to understand how they work and incorporate new features.