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Hacknovate, Health IT Competition 2013
The Healthcare IT competition aims to be a platform for inventors, scientists and entrepreneurs to showcase their talents on an international stage. By tackling real healthcare problems and needs, you can take your ideas to the next level.
Win up to S$10,000 in prototyping grants, mentorships with healthcare professionals and business development opportunities!
Timetable of events
1 Mar 13: Call for participation. Registration and proposal submission opens
25 Mar 13: Competition briefing with Q&A session for all interested participants
30 Apr 13: Registration and Submission of proposals closed
15 May 13: Notification of selected proposals for Round Two
18 Jun 13: Competition Day: Conduct of Round Two and Final Round
Individuals must be 18 years old and above.
Students (e.g. university, college, polytechnic), professionals, and SMEs are strongly encouraged to participate.
Teams selected for Competition Finals on 18 June 2013 must present their proposals in person. Overseas participants are required to make their own arrangements for the event, e.g. transport, accommodation.
1. Form a team
Form a team of 2 to 5 individuals (team advisors are allowed and not included in the count). These individuals should, ideally, be from different and relevant disciplines e.g. business and IT skills to bring to the table a more holistic, well thought out and more competitive entry.
The organizers may require verification of student status of teams who participate in the Competition.
2. Register your team
All teams are required to first register at the Registration page before submitting their Proposal via email. No changes to the team composition (replacements or additions) are allowed after registration.
3. Submit proposal
Select one of the Competition Challenge Areas.
Conduct background research into the problem area, identifying challenges that your users may face, and propose a novel solution that is feasible for prototyping.
Submit your Round One proposal using the Submission template provided.
A maximum of 20 entries will be selected to progress into Round Two. Teams selected for Round Two will have an opportunity to work with clinician mentors to further refine their ideas for the Competition Finals on 18 June 2013.
Participants retain all proprietary rights to the innovation. Details of the plan will only be circulated for judging purposes, and any hard copies will be returned by the judges to the participants after the judging is completed.
All submitted materials must be the original work of the participating team. Participants will have to ensure that they do not infringe any intellectual Property (IP) rights of external parties.
Round One – Email submission only (closing date: 30 April 2013, 5pm)
Your proposal must be submitted using the template provided. Word count must not exceed 1000 words.
All submissions must be emailed to email@example.com in PDF format. The maximum file size is 3MB.
Submission deadline: 30 April 2013, 5pm.
Teams selected for Round Two will be notified by 15 May, and will be assigned a clinician mentor to work with for their Competition day on 18 June.
Hacknovate - Competition Challenge Areas
Participants are strongly encouraged to conduct their own background research before developing any ideas or proposal. This research should uncover the issues in their Challenge area, identify the challenges faced by that target population, and develop a solution to address the challenges.
Challenge 1: Keeping track of medications
Many patients are on long term medications and/or have to take a variety of medications for multiple health issues, some having to consume more than ten types. Some patients with chronic diseases like diabetes require blood sugar monitoring along with their diabetic medications.
With chronic diseases, patients often have difficulty keeping track of the changes in medications and/or dosage over time. Patients and caregivers find it difficult to remember when to take medications at the correct times, and also to track medication intake. Often, they are also concerned about the medications, such as the side effects, drug or food interactions.
Proposed solution should address one or more of the challenges that you identify in your background research. Examples: hiVIVA, AdhereTech
Challenge 2: Improving social interactions for elderly
Elderly patients are often isolated at home, or are alone for long periods of time. Many tend to be less mobile and/or have memory issues, leading to increased isolation and loneliness. This may have affect their mental well being and have adverse consequences such as depression.
Proposed solution should promote social interaction to and connectivity among family, friends or even between senior citizens themselves, and address one or more of the challenges that you identify in your background research.
Challenge 3: Reducing Caregivers Burden & Stress
Looking after the elderly and/or handicapped is never easy. They are often expected to care for the patient at home without adequate training and may feel alone in their care of the patient.
Some common challenges faced by caregivers are juggling of other life commitments and the strain on family income. Some may lack care giving knowledge and the awareness of social services available. They often experience feelings of being physically and emotionally drained, or may not feel confident of their role and in turn feel stressed. Caregivers are seldom recognised for their role in caring for the patient.
Proposed solution should address one or more of the challenges that you identify in your background research.
Challenge 4: Promote Healthy Diet
Surrounded by a ‘food culture’, there is a tendency for Singaporeans to overeat and/or eat unhealthily. There is a trend of increasing rates of health risk factors such as raised blood pressure and obesity, which can lead to chronic problems e.g. diabetes and heart disease.
Keeping good dietary habits can be difficult due to lack of motivation or awareness. Sometimes, people find it difficult to make the right food choices or have limited accessibility to healthier foods. In recent years, many IT solutions are being developed to help improve diet habits.
Proposed solution should address one or more of the challenges that you identify in your background research. Example: Health Promotion Board (HPB) health app.
Round Two – Presentation: Healthcare Concept (event day, 18 June 2013)
Each team will be given 10 mins to present to a panel of judges, followed by a 5 min Q&A.
Teams are to prepare a power point presentation, not exceeding 10 foils. Presentation guidelines will be provided.
A prototype demonstration is strongly encouraged (paper wireframes or simple mockups acceptable), but not mandatory. A prototype demo will be given extra credit as compared to an entry that has no prototype demo.
Selected teams will go through to the Final Round.
Final Round – Presentation: Complete Business plan emphasized (event day, 18 June 2013)
Each team will be given 15 minutes to present their complete business plans to the judges and audience, with 5 mins Q&A.
In the absence of a technology demo, all participants will have to ensure that their business idea must be technology ready.
Scoring will be based on audience vote (20%) and judges’ evaluation (80%)
The organizer reserves the right to disqualify any teams who violate the rules, regulations or spirit of the competition.
For enquiries, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The organizers reserves the rights to change the rules and times of the events when required. All registered participants will be notified via email should there be changes.
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