UC School of Pharmacy Student Wins Award


(Charleston, WV) – University of Charleston School of Pharmacy third year student pharmacist, Andrew Van Deusen was part of a five person team that participated in Global Demo Day, an entrepreneurial convention held in Silicon Valley, California in early November attended by  300+ investors, tech enthusiasts and top-tier Silicon Valley companies. Fifty nine winning teams were chosen, from over one thousand teams that entered the initial global AngelHack 24-hour hackathon* in July, to participate in the HACKcelerator, a "12 week pre-accelerator program designed to help top teams explore and refine their ideas to build their hackathon winning prototype into a fully-fledged start up with early traction.” 

After this 12 week program, the fourteen top-performing teams were invited to California where they received additional pitch training and mentorship to prepare them to present their ideas to potential investors.  Andrew’s team, elev8 http://www.elev8learning.co/#/ , created an application which provides templates for the user to create customized programs for voice recognition software.  The application will ‘code’ for persons who are non-computer programmers. elev8 makes it easy to build and publish Alexa apps by automating the technical details. For example, a template would allow someone to create a program to track their medication schedule.  His team was awarded a $25,000 investment offer, three guaranteed interviews at large accelerator programs, and office hours with another accelerator program.  

*A hackathon is a gathering where programmers collaboratively code in an extreme manner over a short period of time. Hackathons are at least a few days - or over a weekend - and generally no longer than a week. While working on a particular project, the idea is for each developer to have the ability and freedom to work on whatever he/she wants. 

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