Hackathon’s Hands-Free Bra Liberates Breastfeeding Mothers
MIT Media Labs' event winner's message: Look moms, no hands
From September 20-21, 2014, over 150 engineers, designers, healthcare experts, moms, and dads gathered at MIT for a particularly unique event. The ‘Make the Breast Pump Not Suck’ hackathon, hosted by MIT Media Lab, applied techniques and thought processes usually reserved for programming or software development to the breastfeeding industry, which had scarcely evolved since the first mechanical pump patent in the 1920s.
Of the concepts submitted to make nursing more comfortable and convenient, the hackathon’s second-place winner was Helping Hands, a hands-free compression bra designed to help mothers manually express breast milk in a discreet and comfortable manner.