first_imgMahum Siddiqi, a 17-year-old Indian-American teenager recently competed in the ‘Digital Transformation Hackathon! Changing Business, Changing Education, Changing Lives’ competition at the prestigious Ivy League, Cornell University and won the first prize.She was the only non-undergraduate/graduate student competing with her team of MBA students. They together formulated progress towards her grand prize winning idea. Mahum’s aim was to cure the problem of the “pain diagnosis process’ subjectivity”. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfElaborating more on her idea, Mahum said, “It’s incredibly upsetting and problematic how hypothetical the concept of pain diagnostics is. Doctors have no way of knowing how little or how much pain someone is truly experiencing when they go in to be diagnosed”. Together with her team, Mahum designed a pain detecting device that will use the neurological activity occurring in one’s brain to help doctors more efficiently determine someone pain levels. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMahum and her team are now working with representatives from companies such as Microsoft to produce prototypes of their pain detecting device. “We need to design a system where patients are looked at as a whole, and doctors are able to know for sure, using our device/pure science, how much pain a patient is experiencing instead of just their personal description/perception of their own pain”. Mahum’ s plan for the coming next few years is to attend university to study the incredibly important organ – brain, and on the side continue to further progress her innovation with her team to change the lives of millions of people that all experience the same thing, pain.last_img