Blacktown Hospital medical student Alice Leung in winning team at 2017 Elsevier Hacks

HACKERS: Blacktown's Alice Leung (centre) with her team of fellow medical students and designers from Spain, Thailand and the Netherlands. Picture: Supplied

HACKERS: Blacktown's Alice Leung (centre) with her team of fellow medical students and designers from Spain, Thailand and the Netherlands. Picture: Supplied

A Blacktown medical student is on top of the world after her team’s design took out first place at an international scientific conference.

Alice Leung, 20, was one of just 16 medical students selected to attend Elsevier Hacks in Finland.

There the students teamed up with designers and had 48 hours to produce a prototype.

INSPIRATION: Western Sydney University medical student Alice Leung is based at Blacktown Hospital, where her mother Stella Lau is a nurse. Picture: Geoff Jones

INSPIRATION: Western Sydney University medical student Alice Leung is based at Blacktown Hospital, where her mother Stella Lau is a nurse. Picture: Geoff Jones

The Western Sydney University student admitted she did not get much sleep as her team worked around the clock on their winning design, Patient X.

Their application would be a chat-bot similar to Apple’s Siri program, combining artificial intelligence with a textbook database to let medical students practice diagnosing a patient.

Ms Leung said it was a fantastic experience working with students from around the world and developing new skills.

“As students we got to do things out of our comfort zone,” she said.

“They even got us to try doing some hacking, doing some logo designing, which was really interesting because that’s not something we get to do every day as medical students.

“It definitely made me more interested in getting involved with similar projects in the future. I never saw myself getting involved in technology and app development, but now that I’ve done it I’d like to explore it more in the future.”

The team won €6000 for their efforts, and are hopeful the company might make their design a reality.

The trip, which was sponsored by Elsevier, was also Ms Leung’s first time in Europe, and she enjoyed the opportunity to explore Helsinki.

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