Startup Weekend Evansville 8.0's theme was “Better Health Through Innovation,” and pitches focused on ideas that promoted health and wellness to address Vanderburgh County’s pressing health care issues. SUW 8.0 was a collaboration between USI Romain College of Business and College of Nursing and Health Professions.
The top ideation was STEI, a tracking device for individuals with dementia who wander off from caretakers. The device can track these individuals within one meter, provide vitals while tracking and automatically alert first responders and rescue personnel.
Two ideas tied for second place: Vital Ryde, a mobile application created to mitigate drinking and driving, and Healing Gardens, a product focused on mitigating food insecurity and education.
SWE 8.0 was sponsored by the USI Romain College of Business and College of Nursing and Health Professions, Vectren Foundation, Lieberman Technologies, Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville, Focal Point Coaching, and Tri State Community Clinics. In-kind sponsorship included Bauerhaus Catering.