A human-centered hackathon
We helped our participants build diverse teams that included breast pump users, engineers, designers, and more.
A family-friendly event
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!
Center the needs of real users
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.
Building on existing technologies
Participants at the event took apart existing Breast Pumps (generously donated by our sponsoring companies) to understand how they work and incorporate new features.