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The Hk Maker Lab is an intense six-week summer program to learn the foundations of design. Focusing on addressing a health problem, students work in teams to prototype and test a biomedical device and develop an associated business plan. The program culminates in a pitch to leading executives from the biomedical community. Winning projects might then be incubated using the state-of-the-art facilities at Harlem Biospace. Read more about the program below or press articles featuring students from the 2014 program.

Applications are open now.


PROGRAM DATES: July 20th – August 28th, 2015

SCHEDULE: 9.00 AM – 5.00 PM, Monday – Thursday

WHERE: Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science at 120th & Amsterdam

WHO CAN APPLY: Current grade 10 and grade 11 students from high schools where more than 50% of students qualify for free/reduced price lunch or you qualify

COST: Free

Class Of 2014: Tackling A Global Health Problem

Focusing on addressing a global health challenge, students prototyped a biomedical device and developed a business plan under the direction of Prof. Aaron Kyle. The program culminated in a presentation to executives from the biomedical community. The judges selected two winning teams: VitaLight and Euphoria. The VitaLight team, which included Matthew Chung, Michael Harris, Arif Mahmud, and Nebil Salih, created a low-cost, solar-powered LED light array that could illuminate medical wards during the frequent blackouts that occur in low-resource settings. Team Euphoria, which included Jenny Dong, Mahfuzul Islam, Enkel Prifit, and Ruiqui (Rachel) Wang, designed a low-cost, feedback-controlled neonatal warming device. Both teams will have the opportunity to continue developing their projects over the next year at Harlem Biospace.