VIA| Tyler Skluzacek was in sixth grade when his dad, Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Skluzacek, spent a year in Iraq. When he returned home, Tyler noticed something different about him. He suffered from night terrors.
“Your dad just disappearing for a year and coming back a little bit different and seeing his Army buddies and them coming back a little bit different, too. … I have a real personal connection to the PTSD problem.”
Now a senior in college, Tyler says he wanted to “try to create something that will help [his dad] sleep better.”
So he did.
As reported by KARE-11 in Minneapolis:
He got the chance this September when he entered a computer programming contest called HackDC.
In 36 hours, he and his team “The Cure” wrote code and created a smart watch app called myBivy, short for bivouac, which he explained is a military term for a place to sleep. The app tracks heart rate and movement. The goal is to predict night terrors.
He explained how it works:
“After a couple weeks of tracking the soldier we can find the exact symptoms of the onset of the panic attack and try to use the watch or use the android phone to disrupt that or take them out of the deep sleep but keep them asleep.”
Tyler’s dad says he’s “very proud” of his son.
The myBivy app earned Tyler and his team the top prize for “Best PTSD Mobile App for Clinicians.” While it’s yet to go through clinical trials, he says he hopes it will one day be used by all veterans:
“My team and I kind of have a saying right now that my team and I won’t sleep until the veterans can.”
No word on whether President Obama will invite him to the White House.