Makers Weekend Launches Wristband for Recovery


Leslie ShattuckExecutive Director/Executive Communications Officer(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

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) was founded in 1949, and is the only public institute of technology in the state of Washington. LWTech offers 10 applied bachelor's degrees, 35 associate degrees, and 86 professional certificates in 42 areas of study, including STEM-focused programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.