2023 H2L HARVARD COHORT
We were blown away by the creativity, drive and desire for social impact of our inaugural group of teams that made up Cohort 2023. It included both undergraduates and public health students – as well as graduate students from disciplines as diverse as business, design, education, engineering, government, and law. The inaugural cohort included a team designing a virtual reality platform to deliver therapy shaped by biofeedback technology and artificial intelligence; a project to create affordable and highly efficient water filtration systems using discarded wood; a mobile platform to help patients in rural India connect with trusted clinicians; a privacy-protected app to create a supportive community for women struggling with infertility; and much more.
Lullaby Agents addresses two problems: A) language loss, and B) compromised health status. Using the vehicle of ancestral music, we aim to encourage revitalization of Indigenous languages and improve mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.
A student from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health who is also an MD has teamed up with a fellow Harvard Chan student and two Harvard College students to develop investigational self-administered psilocybin-based patches designed to treat a range of mental health disorders.
A student from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has teamed up with a graduate student at Yale School of Public Health and a communications alum from the University of Washington to develop personalized medication and digital health tools for menopausal women.
A student from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is developing a digital tool that brings together real estate developers, community groups, and local government to create green buildings that improve community health. This venture aims to make the building sector a primary force for addressing both climate change and chronic disease.
Two students from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have teamed up to develop a health equity company that specializes in primary and preventative care festivals in US Black communities to combat health disparities and inspire hope. Their board includes many with advanced degrees in public health and relevant experience.
Two students from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have teamed up to develop a digital platform that enables and deploys community health workers by connecting them with each other and with job options and resources. The goal: To help them advance both their careers and their communities.
Three students from Harvard Law School, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard Divinity School, have teamed up to create a woman- and LGBT-owned venture capital firm. It aims to bring accessible plant-based products and services to market by identifying and supporting startups innovating toward planetary health, social impact, and environmental impact.
Three students from Harvard Business School have teamed up to develop a mobile-based scheduling and notification system for medical appointments in rural India. This venture aims to drive trust, or vishvaas, in the medical system and build healthy communities.
Ivy League Mentoring
Four Harvard College students (majoring in psychology; molecular and cellular biology; computer science; and history of science and government) have teamed up with a Dartmouth University student and Columbia University student to develop an online platform that connects college students from the Ivy League to mentor high school students in under-served communities.
One Doctor of Public Health student from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has teamed up with an engineering graduate from UC Berkeley to develop a virtual network and platform that gathers volunteers in the US to work on public health and social impact issues.
A student from the Harvard Kennedy School has teamed up with a recent alum from Harvard Business School and an MIT professor known for his expertise in clean water innovations to develop an efficient, sustainable, and affordable water filtration device for household use.
Students from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Graduate School of Education have teamed up to develop an innovative online wellness school that designs and delivers e-learning experiences on holistic health and well-being to people with chronic health conditions.
Three Harvard College students have teamed up to develop a social media app that connects women+ experiencing infertility in a safe and moderated space.
A student from the Harvard Kennedy School has teamed up with two MIT architecture students and a double PhD psychology candidate from the University of Quebec to develop a digital therapy platform that delivers data-driven VR therapy combined with bio-feedback technology and artificial intelligence to unburden clinicians and detect & prevent relapses in mental health conditions.
A student at Harvard Chan who is also a general surgery resident at the University of British Columbia (UBC) has teamed up with several other Harvard Chan students and UBC surgeons to develop an environmentally sustainable and culturally appropriate low-cost ostomy appliance for primary use in low- and middle-income communities.
Vocadian is building an evidence-based voice AI to empower a safer, healthier, and more productive workforce. The team from Harvard and MIT has cutting-edge research and industry experience in voice technology, digital health, machine learning, and circadian science.