OneTraction Select Finalists for Columbia University Hackathon

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NEW YORK - Nov. 29, 2016 - PRLog -- OneTraction, a Silicon Valley-based Open Innovation Accelerator announced the selection of finalists for their Berkeley Global Hackathon, hosted virtually with the opening reception organized in San Francisco which was sold out and attended by prominent investors, press and guest observer including panelist from Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Berkeley and Apple. The top winners are:

1) – Health-Tech: Dr. Francis J. Stapleton of The Dental Integra, is building a Dental Informatics Superhighway, which is an evidence-based quantification of dental health via an advanced electronic dental health record. This technology benefits all members of the global dental community with technologies and standards that, among other things, solve the problems of patient advocacy and continuity of care over the course of a lifetime. The team are based in New York and Dr. Francis who is a Columbia University graduate with a Doctorate in Dental Surgery "D.D.S" and run one of the most technology advanced dental practice in the New York Metro area. Read more about the founder at

2) – Space-Tech: Sinead O'Sullivan of Fusion Space Technologies, is creating N-Dimensional maps of the world around us, tracking the movement of data, information, goods and people. The amazing thing about our maps is that they are self-making, live and ultra-high resolution! Our customer sectors are required to decision-make in real time and therefore need instantaneous insights. Our customers include the telecoms, disaster management, transport and logistics sectors. The team are based in New York and led by Sinead a Harvard MBA and Georgia Tech graduate, and holder of several awards including Emerging Space Leader, Top Women in Tech and European Space Agency.  Read more about the founder at

3) – Internet of Things: Kay Igwe intend to solve major opportunity within the children health space. Currently, it is difficult to subjectively measure the level of pain in children who exhibit chronic pain. There only exist objective measures, which prove to be hard for understanding children levels of pain. Extensive research has been conducted on using music therapy as a means of helping to reduce pain and can be incorporated into a pain management routine, prescribing music pieces based on objective accounts of pain. We have combined the use of an interactive conversational device, Alexa, and Music Therapy to create a non-invasive way to help reduce pain in children without the side effects of medication.

Use Case: Alexa determine a musical therapeutic regimen for the current session. These sessions can contain sing-a-long or non-interaction type songs. After playing a few songs, Alexa will reassess the child's pain by asking a series of questions and making decisions based on those answers. Alexa will then tweak the music piece choice based on the answers received. While this is going on, Alexa sends child pain update text messages to the parents/ caregiver.

The team are based in New York and led by Kay who is a Columbia University graduate with an MS in EE, and Xiaoxue Du who is both a Columbia and NYU graduate with an MS in education and science, along holding several awards including Alexa, AT&T and Capital One Hackathon. Read more about the founder at

OneTraction's disruptive approach focus on guided execution where founders contribute incrementally on a weekly basis in building their business "not just funding" by taking startups through the stages of building an MVP with validated market fit, gaining traction, and obtaining angel round financing. They offer their program both virtually and at their partner's office space in the heart of Silicon Valley, located a few minutes from the Stanford University campus and Sand Hill Road Top Venture Capitalists. Their unique approach extends to startups not just on-site but globally. Active startups are located across the United States, Canada, France, UK, Germany, and Italy with new finalists extending throughout Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia and MENA.

About US: OneTraction' in-house team is comprised of startup experts with multiple successful exits each. They hail from top schools including Harvard, Stanford and MIT, along their mentor network of nearly 300 experts from across the United States, Canada, EU and Asia which is the largest Ivy school educated mentors network offered by any accelerator in Silicon Valley. Fall batch is open for sign up until November 30, 2016. Interested parties can apply by visiting for more information. Interested founders, investors and partners are welcome to visit One Traction's events page for upcoming Hackathons scheduled at top University and partner's venue across the US, here:

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