Synergy Projects 2021

2021 was a real challenge for the Synergy class. All lectures were online, many of our partners were unavailable due to the pandemic. However, the students rose to these challenges and have produced some fantastic projects. 

This year the class expanded to include 4th year Computer Science, 4th year bio-engineering and MSc in BioEngineering. This resulted in 14 teams working on projects that included apps to help people to take their drugs on time, make hospital operating rooms more efficient, or provide a bartering service for refugee camps. Many more great ideas have been developed into working prototypes.

We are immensely proud of the solutions that the students have created.  Each team has produced a 2 minute video summary and a text summary of their project, listed below.  Some of the projects are now open source with the details in the project summaries.

Team 1 PRMAssist

PRMAssist is an accessibility app aimed at making the process of navigating airports an easier experience for Passengers with Reduced Mobility (PRM)

TEAM 2 Clini-Link

Clini-link is a web app built to connect clinicians who have project ideas with qualified and capable design engineers


Apoyo is a malnutrition tracking service built for Honduras

TEAM 4 Hidden Helper

An application which allows human rights monitors to gather and send reports on human rights abuses but masks what they are doing


Ensuring that patients take their vital prescriptions on time

TEAM 6 Trinity Triage

Trinity Triage is a cross platform mobile app which has the aim to allow non-medical staff to identify how severe the patient condition is and to present their symptoms

TEAM 7 Krisis Kontrol

An application that will allow access to crucial information for the victims of crisis when in need.

TEAM 8 Epitrack

An app to enable better tracking of diseases and epidemics in the global south

Team 9 Dzaleka Link

An app that creates a virtual market place for residents of the Dzaleka Refugee camp in Malawi

TEAM 10 SmoothOp

Streamlines the flow of patients into the operating room

TEAM 11 SanAqua

A mobile phone app to count colonies in cell cultures


A home monitoring app for chronic illnesses, diabetes and hypertension

TEAM 13 BeaumontOCRApp

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a mobile application which will be used by the clinicians that are printing out the labels, as a pre-emptive system to flag mislabelled samples prior to being sent to the laboratory for analysis

TEAM 14 Repill

An app that verifies the authenticity of drugs supplied as 3D printed Oral Dispersible Films

Projects 2020

Despite the challenges posed by the Covid19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown the student teams produced some really great projects.  The class got bigger this year with 12 teams and new sponsoring organisations Trocaire, World Vision and the National Disability Authority.   We would like to thank our sponsors and our students for the incredible resilience and creativity they have shown in completing their projects.

The projects were:

  1. Citizen Voice Action App for World Vision
  2. Disease Outbreak Manager App for Trocaire
  3. BeHeard: Public Address System app for National Disability Authority
  4. Korta: Diabetes tracking app for Trocaire
  5. Points: A bartering app for displaced persons for Trocaire
  6. PharmaPrint: 3D printing of drugs to reduce pediatric medication errors
  7. Ebola Vaccine Trial gap analysis tool for World Vision
  8. Collect: an secure app for Human Rights Defenders for Trocaire
  9. SaludApp: a malnutrition tracking app for Trocaire
  10. A Helping Hand: a web service that rates 3D printed prosthetics
  11. Daloula: A birth spacing app for Trocaire
  12. Crisis Control: digital supports for information kiosks for Trocaire














The MSF Hackathon kicks off 2019

The Synergy team at Trinity College Dublin teamed up with international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) to host a 12-week hackathon where students will work on providing innovative solutions to some of the problems MSF faces in delivering healthcare to patients around the world.

During the first semester of 2019 50 students from Bioengineering, Computer Science and Development Practice will spend 12 weeks working in in multi-disciplinary teams to develop innovative solutions to real life challenges that MSF encounters in some of the countries in which it provides medical care such as:

  • Devising ways for non-medical staff to identify and triage patients with respiratory conditions to allow doctors to spend more time with patients.
  • Methods for MSF staff working in locations outside of mobile or internet coverage to log problems they encounter during their daily work.
  • Designing technological solutions to quickly analyse water quality to improve the quality and efficiency of water and sanitation services.
  • Creating a system to optimise healthcare delivery and improve staff retention levels by capturing workforce data on nursing workload, care context and other metrics.
  • Increase the amount of time that MSF doctors can spend on clinical work by devising ways that technology can be used to ensure that patients adhere to their medical treatment regimes.
  • The final challenge concerns treatment for tuberculosis (TB), the world’s deadliest infectious disease. Participants in the hackathon will investigate how a combination of a new methodology called VOT (Video Observed Treatment) and automated machine analysis, could be used to massively scale adherence support, without patients needing to leave their homes and travel vast distances.

Dr Lacey Associate Professor in Graphics and Vision at the School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity said: “The challenges from MSF will inspire our students to develop creative solutions that can make a positive impact in difficult environments. This type of problem based learning helps our students develop independent thinking, effective communication and how to apply technology responsibly”.

Sam Taylor Director of MSF Ireland said by MSF engaging with students and the scientific and technology community in Ireland, it is hoped that the project will serve as a proof of concept for further collaboration in the future: “Innovation is integral to MSF’s desire to constantly improve our medical care and our ability to reach millions of patients each year in our projects across the globe. We hope this hackathon will demonstrate the potential for students, professors and the Irish tech community at large to help solve some of the challenges that MSF encounters in our day to day medical work” said Sam Taylor Director of MSF Ireland.

“At MSF we are constantly innovating and adapting our humanitarian and medical responses, to best meet the needs of our patients and the people who we assist. We hope this hackathon may deliver some viable ideas that MSF can investigate further that can be used to help us provide better, more efficient, medical care to our patients around the world.”