And the Winner of the Breast Pump Hackathon Is….

photo (6)Mamajamas sponsored the Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Hackathon this past weekend out of the MIT Media Lab.

Teams worked all weekend to innovate what has come to be regarded as themost archaic, dread-provoking piece of new mom equipment: The Breast Pump. (For those who haven’t heard or don’t get it, you can read about one mother’s painful pumping journey here.)

There were many great Pump innovations that came out of the event, but ultimately, first prize ($3,000 and a trip for two to the Bay Area!) went to these folks.

I love that you can wear the “Mighty Mom Utility Belt” under clothing and pump while you’re on the go without folks noticing. It will also be nice to have data as to how much you’ve pumped on each side, when you’re most productive, etc. (I still think they should have taken my idea of including an optional back massager….)

See the full results, all the designs, and videos from each of the teams here.

Congratulations to all those who participated! And thank you on behalf of new mothers everywhere. I really hope this spurs innovation that ends up on the market!