Makers Weekend Launches Wristband for Recovery


Leslie ShattuckDirector, Communications & Marketing(425) 739-8236

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Jacob Kukuk, Software Developer at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, was a member of a ten-person team that created the esperLINQ wristband for people in recovery, an idea pitched by Technology Entrepreneur Daniela Tudor. Through a social network application, the esperLINQ band wearer’s support network will be able to notice a decrease in activity in the three key categories and be able to reach out before a relapse begins!  More than 25 million Americans of all socioeconomic classes, genders and ethnicities are in recovery from alcoholism and substance/drug abuse, 40% - 60% of whom relapse sometimes leading to deaths.

Kukuk was one of 139 attendees who pitched 45 ideas at last weekend’s Kirkland Startup Weekend Makers Edition, sponsored by Google, the Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce, and LWTech, among many others.  Participants spent two full days making new products and presenting them to a panel of judges. The esperLINQ team won a third place prize.


About Lake Washington Institute of Technology

As the only public institute of technology in Washington State, Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) provides students with the latest cutting edge skills relevant to today’s workplace. LWTech offers nine applied bachelor’s degrees, more than 40 associate degrees and 80 professional certificates, in 41 areas of study, including STEM-focused programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.