NarcanRN , 1st place winner of 2018 Hackathon

Narcan is a rescue drug used to treat overdose victims, but over 100 overdose deaths occur each day, ,which demontrates that Narcan is not getting to Overdose Victims quicly enough. NarcanRN will get Narcan into the hands of nurses across the US, who are trusted, trained professionals that can respond quickly to overdoses in their immediate vicinity. The concept for the program is that Nurses will enroll in our App, and receive Narcan for free. When a bystander sees an overdose and calls 911, 911 will activate EMS as well as our app. The app will send a message to members in the vicinity letting them know there is a possible narcan emergency nearby and guide them to the emergency. Studies show that 1 in 6 lay people who carry Narcan will save a life. We hope to do even better with nurses carrying Narcan.


I loved StartUp Weekend. The concept, which is different than a typical Hackathon, focuses on the business side of things, challenging assumptons of your idea, and focing you to re-assess, pivot and solve those challenges. I loved that we didn’t have to focus on creating the actual app or technology solution that weekend. That piece is important, but if you don’t address the business challenges, you dont create the correct solution.


Start Up weekend definitely was an emotional rollercoaster. It was similar to Elizabeth Kubler Ross’s 5 stages of Grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. I would label the 5 stages of start up weekend more like: anticipation, excitement, depression, devastation, hope and then elation.

-Kelley Rieger, MSN, RN, PNP-BC

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