MIND Hawaii is a program associated with the University of Hawaii whose mission is to bring together students and faculty from various fields such as Business, Medicine, Engineering, Law, and Marketing to develop solutions to challenging medical problems. MIND Hawaii provides education, mentorship, and networking opportunities. The program culminates in a year-end competition for additional funding to support the next step in the innovation lifecycle.


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September 14th 2020
Join us in #Fightthevirus movement by brainstorming a solution to any COVID-19 related problem! Join our kickoff meeting to learn more. 
Sep 14, 2020 05:30 PM Hawaii

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Meeting ID: 844 3878 7190
Passcode: KNM0QL

Please fill out this survey if you are interested in joining the MIND COVID-19 challenge this year! 
September 2020 
Where to get started
Learn about the brainstorming process. Sometimes the best ideas are the ones you haven't thought of yet.
Guest Speakers such as: Raviraj Pare, Oceanit
October 2020
Introduction to Business Plans and Learning to Pitch
Learn how to write an effective business plan and we will discuss elevator pitches and investor pitching.
Guest Speakers such as: Peter Rowan, Director of PACE, and Katarina Poljakova from Sultan Ventures 
October 2020
Biodesign Thinking 
Learn the inner working of the medical community an introduction to evidence based medicine, FDA, IRB, and intellectual property. Explore the basic principles of design including brainstorming and determining the most important design aspects.
Guest Speakers: Russell Woo, Pediatric Surgeon and Scott Miller, PhD, Department of Mechanical Engineering
November 30th 2020

Informal Group Presentations 


Groups will present for 3-5 minutes on their current COVID-related project. The goal of this meeting is to gain feedback from your peers and MIND Hawaii board members/advisors as well as for you to talk about questions or concerns. 


The following need to be included in the presentation, but are not limited to: 

  • Team member(s) introduction 

  • Project (current knowledge and goal of project)

  • Future steps


Meeting Topic: MIND Hawaii Project Presentations

Date: Monday, November 30th, 2020

Time: 5:30 PM

Location: Zoom (see below for link)



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Meeting ID: 844 3878 7190

Passcode: KNM0QL

January 2020
Welcome Back Event ​ / Roundtable Presentations via Zoom 
Reconnect with fellow MIND members via Zoom. Share your prototype design ideas with medical and engineering professionals in the community to obtain invaluable project feedback.
Last year's panel included: 
  • Kenric Murayama, MD, Chair of the Department of Surgery, Queen's Medical Center

  • Eugene Lee, MD, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, Kuakini Medical Center and Rehab Hospital of the Pacific

  • Russell Woo, MD, Pediatric Surgery, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children

  • Jeffery Weldon, PhD, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, UH Manoa

  • Daniel Johnson, PhD, Mechanical Engineering, UH Manoa

  • Robert Nakata, PhD, Electrical Engineering, UH Manoa and Tech Entrepreneur

  • Tyler Ray, PhD, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, UH Manoa

February 2021
Where to get started: Part 2
Learn about patents and the importance of prior art searches. We will also discuss what is considered disclosure, an important concept to consider for any developer.
Guest Speaker such as: John Cabeca, Regional Director of the Silicon Valley United States Patent and Trademark Office
February 2021
QFD and Engineering Specifications
Learn how to properly and safely use the iLAB equipment, as well as how to develop engineering specifications and Quality Function Deployment (QFD). These will be used to determine the optimal design you will take to the prototyping stage.
Guest Speaker such as: Scott Miller, PhD, Department of Mechanical Engineering
March 2021
The iLab will be open each for the teams during the month of March for team use during the protyping stage. A MIND leader will be present at the start of each session to orient you to the iLab and answer questions. 
April 2021
MIND Competition Prep 
Final preparation session for MIND finale including completion of posters and video presentations.
 April 2021
MIND Hawaii Competition
This is an opportunity for you to share your work with the community likely via Zoom! Pitch your projects to community leaders and compete for prize money to take your business to the next level.


MIND 2019 Competition Results

Shark CPR: Educational CPR Manikin for Children and Adolescents

Goes to the group that presents the most impressive project that demonstrates exceptional engineering and medical impact.
($2000 seed funding + 2 unlimited 1-year memberships to Impact Hub Honolulu)

Maluhia Surf Helmets

Goes to the group that presents the most impressive project that is ready to be developed.
($2000 seed funding)

CPCS, LLC: Contactless Physiological Communication System

Goes to the group that presents the most impressive project that focuses on a creative solution to a medical device need.
($2000 seed funding)

Makani: Non-Occluding Surgical Suction

Goes to the group that presents the most impressive project that addresses the most practical solution to the medical problem.
($2000 seed funding)

Myolect: Myoelectric Interface “Prosthosis”

Goes to the group that presents the most impressive project that focuses on Hawaii's community health needs.
($2000 seed funding)

Our executive board is a multidisciplinary team comprised of student leaders from the fields of engineering and medicine.
Our faculty advisors have strong passions for biomedical innovation and have years of experience in the fields of Medicine, Engineering, and Business. 
Next Event
Stay tuned for MIND #FIGHTTHEVIRUS Presentation Event

© 2018 by MIND Hawaii.

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Russell Woo, MD

Pediatric Surgeon at Kapiolani Medical Center and Associate Professor of Surgery at John A. Burns School of Medicine