• Jarrel (L) and Jennifer (middle) with Microsoft Founder Bill Gates. Photo credit: MicrosoftJarrel (L) and Jennifer (middle) with Microsoft Founder Bill Gates. Photo credit: Microsoft

Two Monash Medical students win mentoring session with Bill Gates

Two Monash University Medical students have recently had the opportunity to travel to Seattle and meet Bill Gates for a mentoring session, after submitting their idea for Eyenaemia – an app that checks for anaemia – to the Microsoft Imagine Cup.

The competition invites students from all over the World to submit ideas and blueprints for innovative technology ideas.  Team Eyenaemia consist of Jarrel Seah and Jennifer Tang who beat more than 33,000 other students worldwide to take the top prize.

Jarrel and Jennifer's Eyenaemia app is a simple, non-invasive and easily accessible screening tool for anaemia. It is designed to analyse the conjunctiva and calculate the risk of anaemia, putting years of medical training into the hands of untrained users.

Jarrel and Jennifer took home $50,000 and also won the incredible opportunity to sit down with Mr Gates for a private mentoring session. Jarrel said meeting Mr Gates was “probably the best experience I’ve had in my entire life so far”.

Mr Gates talked about the meeting on his blog, and said: “It’s exciting to see bright young people like Jennifer and Jarrel applying their talents to problems that disproportionately affect the poor. As I told them, I could see a future version of Eyenaemia being used in developing countries, especially with pregnant women, since anemia contributes to nearly 20 percent of deaths during pregnancy.”

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