#HackfromHome - an anti-viral virtual hackathon.

We’re giving people a chance to respond with action, working together to improve the lives of everyone affect by the Coronavirus. Our goal is to band together to help communities, patients, and their families better using what we know best - technology.

If possible, these ideas should preserve the privacy of individuals through the use of Personal Data Accounts. For more information on Personal Data Accounts read this.



A Mindful Handwashing Assistant

Shanina Knighton is a PhD, RN with significant clinical experience related to hand hygiene. This is her idea for a team project.

For decades, consumer hand washing in public settings has been noted as a public health problem, particularly in public bathrooms. Public bathrooms are one of the most common places you can contract harmful bacteria and viruses. When done correctly, hand washing is the easiest and most important way to prevent contracting or spreading germs. Unfortunately, we're terrible hand washers. Studies note that up to 33% of people do not wash their hands after using a public restroom. Eww! Of the 33% that do clean their hands, approximately 50% of males and 25% of females do not use soap. Not helpful! Finally, the average length of time for handwashing is as low as 6 seconds, which is much less than the 20-25 seconds recommended and proven effective. What a waste!

While COVID-19 may encourage more handwashing, it's highly likely it's not effective given our bad habits. Let's build a voice and/or visual application to help us all become mindful and ultimately adopt effective hand hygiene.

  • Mindy Baierl
  • Apr 2 2020
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  • Peter Whitehouse commented
    4 Apr 12:29pm

    Hi, I am a physician and public health advocate. Newbie to hackathon, At CWRU. Could help. Know Amy and Bob

  • Shem Lachhman commented
    4 Apr 02:14am

    I designed a hand washing system that verified if doctors washed their hands. My business partner designed the same device in a separate company called SaniCheck. Sanicheck was sold and is still in hospitals today. We can help with engineering, product development, manufacturing and IP.

  • Bob Sopko commented
    4 Apr 01:45am

    Hi, able to help as needed. Excellent to see you here.

  • Amy Sheon commented
    3 Apr 07:38pm

    Love this and hello my friend! I'm a mentor but you don't need what I have to offer! But see my talks anyway Sat am:

    See my talks Sat on digital divide and vulnerable populations:

    Public Health Perspectives on Covid-19

    Saturday, April 4⋅GMT-4:00 (8:00 am EST)

    Join Zoom Meetinghttps://zoom.us/j/947524053


    Covid19 and open data sets Saturday, April 4⋅GMT-4:30 (8:30 am EST)

    Join Zoom Meetinghttps://zoom.us/j/947524053

    Amy Sheon

  • Colin Drummond commented
    3 Apr 05:34pm

    Can you add me to the team? I can be of assistance.

  • Mindy Baierl commented
    3 Apr 01:29pm

    Which project? Collaborating would be helpful. We need tech help . I've got a business background and Shanina is a researcher with deep domain expertise.

  • Abdullah Al Mandhari commented
    3 Apr 10:16am

    I have a similar project I can share it with you and I’m so excited to work on this one.