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.

Tuesday August 27th 2019
Blood Drive 9:00AM-3:30PM 
Kickoff Meeting 
MIND Hawaii Blood Drive
Make a blood drive appointment HERE
MIND Hawaii Kickoff:
5:30-7:30PM at the Entrepreneurs Sandbox 
Meet peers and advisors in the engineering, business, law, and medical fields. Hear about the importance of innovation and biomedical engineering
RSVP for MIND Meeting HERE
September 23rd 2019 
5:30-7:30PM at iLab
Where to get started
Learn about the brainstorming process. Sometimes the best ideas are the ones you haven't thought of yet.
Guest Speaker: Raviraj Pare, Oceanit
October 7th 2019 
5:30-7:30PM at iLab
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: Peter Rowan, Director of PACE, and Katarina Poljakova from Sultan Ventures 
October 21st 2019 
5:30-7:30PM at iLab
Biodesign Thinking and HIPAA Requirements
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 4th 2019 
5:30-7:30PM at iLab 
Round Table: Design Concept and Intro to SolidWorks/CAD/CAE/3D-Printing 
Show off your hard work with mentors and peers and obtain valuable feedback on your potential designs. 
Guest Speakers: Scott Miller, PhD, Department of Mechanical Engineering
January 13th 2020
5:30-7:30PM at iLab
Welcome Back Event ​ / Roundtable Presentations
Reconnect with fellow MIND members. 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 2020
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: John Cabeca, Regional Director of the Silicon Valley United States Patent and Trademark Office
February 2020
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: Scott Miller, PhD, Department of Mechanical Engineering
March 2020
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 2020
MIND Competition Prep 
Final preparation session for MIND finale including completion of posters and video presentations.
 April 2020
MIND Hawaii Competition
This is an opportunity for you to share your work with the community! 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. 
Stay tuned for MIND Kickoff

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Jana Wieland

Medical Board Member John A. Burns School of Medicine Class of 2021