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 [...]
June 24, 2020

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Carle Health partner to introduce new PPE products and sterilization processes to meet higher demand

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CHAMPAIGN, IL… The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has introduced new Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) products and sterilization processes to support the needs of health care workers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to face shield kits announced in mid-April, a team of engineers, physicians, researchers and designers from the university and Carle Health [...]
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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Sarah Nixon, Health Make-A-Thon at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
November 11, 2019

Maker Story: Patent Search Adds to Health Make-a-Thon Winner Experience

  • By Lauren Gherna
Sarah Nixon’s Health Make-a-Thon project, Miniature Horse Power, has a dual mission: to innovate a miniature equine-facilitated therapy (EFT) program for children who have experienced trauma, or who are at risk for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and to conduct scientific research to advance the cause of miniature EFT. With campus mentors and scientists, a pilot [...]
Yusi Gong, Health Maker Lab at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine
August 15, 2019

Maker Story: Yusi Gong

  • By Lauren Gherna
On April 13, 2019, I did something I never thought I would ever do: I got up on a stage to pitch a concept that I believe will have an impact on health care, and I won $10,000 to bring my idea to life. Early in the year, I was looking for a research group [...]
June 25, 2019

Maker Story: Customer Discovery

  • By Erich Fisher
Dream it. Pitch it. Make it. That’s the idea which sold Health Make-a-Thon winner Maaz Iman on pitching his idea in the community-wide Health Make-a-Thon competition last April. And when the competition awarded his group $10,000 in idea support for their 4-in-1 Vital Sign Reader project, Iman knew only some of the perks that came [...]