Duke and Makerere University Students Win Big at Big Ideas Competition

Duke and Makerere University Students Win Big at Big Ideas Competition

A team of students from Makerere University (MUK) in Kampala, Uganda, and Duke University have been working together for more than a year to develop a simple screening tool for preeclampsia in low-resource settings. This joint Duke-MUK venture, which began as a class project in a transcontinental engineering design course last spring, is now well on its way to fruition. 

And last week, the team won a total of $13,000 in funding through the Big Ideas competition, enabling them to take the project to the next level. Team members include Brian Matovu and Zoe Sekyonda, undergraduate biomedical engineering students at MUK, and Denali Dahl, a master’s student at the Duke Global Health Institute.

Top Teams Compete at Big Ideas Grand Prize Pitch Day!

Top Teams Compete at Big Ideas Grand Prize Pitch Day!

In front of a panel of high-profile judges comprised of industry leaders and social entrepreneurs, finalists described how their innovations would effectively address issues related to affordable housing, healthcare, human rights, energy, and waste management. These new and creative ideas included ventures that aim to bring light to rural India, more effectively diagnose pneumonia, and give a voice to immigrants who have been detained and deported.

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Dahl and her two co-founders are creating an early diagnostic strip that is a home-based test. Dahl’s goal is to empower and educate women so they know when to seek medical care before preeclampsia becomes severe.

Denali Dahl, who will graduate with her master of science in global health in May, took home the first place prize of $2,500 for her point-of-care early diagnostic test for preeclampsia.