Last 9th November 75 participants from different fields participated in the 2nd edition of the Innovation Days (i-Days) organised by EIT Health. Thirty-two locations around Europe hosted the i-Days and for the second time in a row, IBEC was involved in many parts of the workshop held in Barcelona.
I-Days promote health innovation among university students through one-to-two-day programmes held at academic institutions around Europe. Students receive an introduction to practical health innovation tools and work in multidisciplinary teams to tackle real life health challenges posed by EIT Health projects, local organisations and private corporations. The event counted with inspirational speakers and coaches that introduced students to practical tools in innovation, design thinking and pitching ideas.
Students form multidisciplinary teams counted with the guidance of the facilitators to create solutions to real life healthcare challenges. At the end of the day, the teams pitched their ideas and were judged by a panel of experts. Teresa Sanchís, head of the Strategic Initiatives at IBEC, was a member of the experts committee.
Three challenges were proposed by different institutions, in particular IBEC launched the challenge: How to reduce the time to diagnosis and treatment in the case of cardiovascular medical emergencies? Javier de la Torre, from SPECS group was the expert in charge of presenting IBEC’s challenge. The other two challenges for this edition where: “How to tackle visual health to improve road safety and reduce public health burdens?” by Essilor, and “How can we communicate health data in an attractive way to population?” by Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona.
Other IBEC members where involved in this i-Day, for instance Maria Alejandra Ortega, senior researcher at the Biosensors for Bioengineering group at IBEC was in charge of helping the participants through the design thinking process. Cristina Arimany, Project Manager at the Strategic Initiatives division was a facilitator. Finally, Jordina Balaguer, laboratory assistant at the Biosensors for Bioengineering group was a participant of the edition and her group won the public health challenge thanks to the design of an app that enables health education for women.
The winning team of the i-Day challenges proposed the development of a sticker for the back of the cars to test the vision of the drivers. They received a 400€ prize and will have the opportunity to attend the i-Day Winners’ Event that will take place on December 1st in Paris where they will meet peers from all participating i-Day universities, and they will receive training and resources to refine their winning Innovation Day ideas.