Innovation in Action
In the final event of the first-ever SPH student competition "Innovation in Action: Solutions to Public Health Challenges," five teams pitched their innovations to the public—and a panel of judges—in March. Aimed at stimulating novel solutions to real-world public health problems, the competition focused on three areas: detecting disease and risk control, empowering the underserved, and technology-enabled health and wellness. Three teams took home $2,500 cash prizes and will now work to move their ideas from concept to reality. Throughout the five-month competition, teams trained in a range of skills—from customer discovery to pitching an idea to attracting non-academic funders.
Said Vic Strecher, SPH director for innovation and social entrepreneuship, "This competition represents the future of how we'll be delivering public health around the world." The competition was sponsored by the Northrup Grumman Corporation and donors to the SPH Innovation Fund.