EIT Innovation Day (iDay) brings together health care and entrepreneurship, merging the two concepts to create positive change. This October and November EIT Health Partners are hosting Innovation Days at 32 locations around Europe. Let’s find out how the Innovation Days at two of our partners, Aachen University and BioM went.
Aachen University held the Innovation Day on 26 October 2019 from 9:00 to 17:30 at the Technology Center Europaplatz. More than 40 international students from all disciplines took part in this year’s event. Two different challenges were introduced to the students and the aim was to find innovative solutions for them, based on the Design Thinking method. The challenges were presented by representatives of two different companies from the field of mental (EAAD Association) and visual health (Essilor Group) and the students were given the opportunity to discuss the problem in direct contact with the companies and test and present their ideas and prototypes.
In addition, the students had the opportunity to get to know a young Aachen start-up, by the name of Medical Magnesium GmbH, from the health sector and to be inspired by their history, their own experiences and their expertise in the field of pitching & presenting their ideas. At the end of the day, a jury of experts consisting of representatives from the companies, the startup and EIT Health selected the best idea: a smart sensor that collects data on the visual behavior of children over the course of the day in order to detect and diagnose myopia at an early stage.
The “Mini-Beanie” team will travel to Paris for this year’s finale.
BioM’s Innovation Day was held on 8 November 2019 in Martinsried/Munich and it involved a challenge on the following topic “How to support patients suffering from neurological diseases with novel digital solutions?” Additionally, three inspirational speakers, Dr. Stefan Simianer, Dr. Joachim Vogt, and Dr. Daniel Novàk, introduced the topic and shared their expertise with the students. The multidisciplinary teams composed of students, postdocs and young professionals were working on possible solutions, based on Design Thinking method, supported by BioM mentors. At the end of the day, their innovative product ideas were presented in a short pitch in front of a jury.
The Gold Award was assigned to Dr. Vanesa Fernandez (Junior Group Leader at TUM), Dr. Sonja Lacher (Postdoc at BioMedical Center LMU), Thomas Raab (Student at TUM), Christina Schwarting (BioEntrepreneur Martinsried) for their idea “Caregivers App”.
Congratulations to the winners and good luck in the finals!