PillSafe Prototype with the Health Maker Lab coin
August 27, 2021

Health Make-a-Thon Winner Targets Opioid Addiction Prevention with New Device Prototypes

  • By Beth Hart
A Carle Illinois College of Medicine Health Make-a-Thon winner is closer to helping prevent opioid addiction with a unique pill bottle cap designed to monitor potential misuse of the medication. Ariana Alam Mizan was a 16-year-old University Lab High School student when she entered and won the September 2020 Health Make-a-Thon. Her award-winning pill bottle [...]
Health Maker Lab coin
April 30, 2021

HML 2021 Virtual Health Make-a-Thon Gives Citizen Scientists a Shot at Making Their Health-Related Innovations a Reality

  • By Beth Hart
Eyes on the prize, twenty teams of “citizen scientists” from across the state—students, healthcare workers, educators, entrepreneurs, community members, and professionals—participated in the Spring 2021 Virtual Health Make-a-Thon competition on Saturday, April 17th. The prize? A Maker Lab Innovation coin that would entitle the bearer to $10,000-worth of resources from the University of Illinois’s Health [...]
April 17, 2021

2021 Health Make-a-thon Winners Announced

  • By Beth Hart
Ten teams of innovators have been selected by a panel of judges and audience members as winners of the 2021 Health Make-a-Thon at Carle Illinois College of Medicine. Contestants presented innovative solutions that will have wide-reaching impact on human health and address disparities in health care. 2021 Health Make-a-Thon Winners: CalidGear: Wearable Thermoregulation Device by Tayyaba [...]
March 24, 2021

Twenty finalists chosen to compete in Spring 2021 Health Make-A-Thon

  • By Beth Hart
Twenty teams of innovators ranging from middle schoolers to college and medical students, to healthcare providers will pitch their health and wellness ideas to a panel of judges on Saturday, April 17, at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s third annual Health Make-A-Thon competition. The finalist teams were chosen from a field of 94 entries [...]
January 29, 2021


  • By Beth Hart
URBANA – People who have navigated tough situations in health care often have the best ideas for how to improve the system. The goal of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine Health Make-a-Thon competition is to provide the support that everyday people need to help bring those ideas to life. The competition is organized by Health [...]
November 15, 2020

Community invited to submit health innovation ideas for chance to win $10,000 in idea support

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Have you ever experienced frustration with healthcare-related issues and thought there must be a better way? Illinois residents are invited to submit their idea for improving human health to the third annual Health Make-a-Thon competition. The 10 best ideas each will be supported with $10,000 in resources, materials, and mentorship. This includes access to the [...]
October 2, 2020

UIUC bioengineering students share their Health Make-a-Thon experiences

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By Joy Chen, Kavya Sudhir and Huan Song The Health-Make-a-Thon is an annual startup competition hosted by the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the first engineering-based college of medicine in the world. Makers from across the state of Illinois pitched their ideas with the goal of democratizing health innovation to improve the world's well-being. Ten [...]
September 4, 2020

2020 Health Make-A-Thon Winners Set to Launch Health Innovation Ideas

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Ten winning teams from Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s second-annual Health Make-a-Thon competition each will receive $10,000 in resources, materials, and mentorship, and access to UIUC’s Health Maker Lab network of design and making facilities to design, fabricate and prototype their ideas. Students, healthcare practitioners and citizen-scientists from 16 Illinois counties pitched their ideas for [...]
July 24, 2020

Dream It, Make It: Health Innovators Pitch Ideas for Chance to Win $10,000

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The Carle Illinois College of Medicine will host its second-annual Health Make-a-Thon competition on Saturday, August 8, from 2-5 p.m. The online event is open to the public. Twenty teams of citizen-scientists, students, healthcare practitioners from across the state of Illinois will pitch their ideas for improving health. Ten winning teams will be selected, with each [...]
April 13, 2020

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Carle Health team up to design and produce face shield for health care workers

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