Costa Rica News – Costa Ricans came together to create an app to prevent childhood cancer.
The team of boys, Adrián Sánchez, Pablo García, Kendall González, Rodolfo Solano and Andrés Vargas, are students of Computer Engineering at the Technological Institute of Costa Rica.
This team won the Programathon 2018. Their app is based on the artificial intelligence of IBM Watson. It is meant to help people detect the first symptoms of childhood cancer, increasing the chances of survival.
It can be used by educators, doctors and parents. The competition the team won was 30 hours long. It taught them a lot about how developers and engineers can help society with tools to generate a better quality of life.
They are putting the finishing touches together and it will soon be available to the public. When using it, the app will connect to the Watson platform and ask the person about symptoms, whether they have increased or decreased, and the use of medications. The artificial intelligence is able to tell the adult whether the child is at risk and even tell them what to mention to the doctor.