On September 20 - 21, 2014, 150 parents, engineers, designers and healthcare providers gathered at the MIT Media Lab for the "Make the Breast Pump Not Suck" Hackathon. Our goal was to improve the breastfeeding and pumping experience for new moms and families. Teams came up with superhero utility belts, compression to replace the suck, and smart objects controlled by mobile phones. We set a Guinness Record for Most Babies Present at a Hackathon.
The breast pump hackathon was organized by Tal Achituv, Catherine D'Ignazio, Alexis Hope, Taylor Levy, Alexandra Metral, Dave Raymond and Che-Wei Wang with guidance from Willow Brugh. We are grateful to the sponsors of the breast pump hackathon, including Vecna Technologies, PejmanMar Ventures, Medela, Naia Health, Lansinoh, Simple Wishes, Pumping Essentials, Moxxly, Mamajamas and Ameda. Our partners included the MIT Center for Civic Media, the MIT Center for Bits & Atoms and iKatun.