Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Re-)Imagine Science Innovation (Week of July 8, 2013)

This week saw the eleventh annual international celebration of the Imagine Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Imagine Cup is, in their own words, “the world’s premier student technology competition.” The main categories this year included Games, Innovation, and World Citizenship, with most of the health care concepts being presented in this latter category.

This was exciting for more reasons than that Doctor Who, I mean Matt Smith, hosted the final award celebration.

You could think of Imagine Cup as a gigantic real world game for the brightest young folk to share innovation and creativity, rub elbows with some of the smartest and most successful people on earth, and generally bootstrap invention for the next generation.

Here is the youngest competitor, 16 year old Andrey Konovalenko who came up with CamTouch, using visual feeds into a touch device to create an inexpensive portable option that could be useful for data visualization.

And here’s a project that focuses on the issue of honeybee populations world wide, based on strategies for using data analytics. Of course, this approach could have broader applications, especially in health care and public health.

While many projects focused on gaming and technology, it wasn’t unusual for the technology to be applied explicitly in ways that promote health, assist specific populations, or support health care providers and first responders.

So who won? Well, although health innovations didn’t win all the awards, they were certainly well represented.

Imagine Cup 2013 Winners

In the World Citizenship category, the winners were:

3. FoodBank Local (Australia): http://www.imaginecup.com/ic13/team/confufishroyale

2. Omni-Hearing Solution (Taiwan): http://www.imaginecup.com/ic13/team/omnihearingsolution

1! For a Better World (Portugal): http://www.imaginecup.com/ic13/team/forabetterworld

“The idea come from my secundary school with a manual test studied in a subject of laboratory, that consist in a plate test for determining blood type. This test came to me when i was thinking about a possible draft degree and though that it would be great to automate it. How is a rapid test, automated,will possible eliminate human error and in emergency situations could save lives. It was my purpose.

‘We are able to solve a problem of health, saving lives and eliminating the blood transfusion with the principles of the universal donor. With this portable prototype that eliminates travels to the laboratory, earn up time to save lives.’ – Ana Ferraz, Team For a Better World”

There were several healthcare related concepts also in the Innovation Competition.

3. SkyPACS (Thailand): http://www.imaginecup.com/ic13/team/myra

“With SkyPACS, we introduce the simplicity of diagnosis as it turn your tablet into an effective medical image visualisation with the familiar set of diagnosis tools.” – Sikana Tanupabrungsun,Team Myra

2. DORA (Slovenia): http://www.imaginecup.com/ic13/team/dora

“DORA’s goal is to become doctor’s best friend and a vital member of the surgical team. / The results of a preliminary research have shown that the usage of DORA solution would cut down economical costs up to 20%, or ~ 5500 surgeon’s hours (reference hospital UKC Maribor). With its simple use, DORA shortens the duration of surgeries and indirectly affects the environmental and economic aspects of healthcare.” – Kristjan Košic, Team DORA /

Take a closer look at this one, folk, it is really pretty interesting, but too much detail to repost here.

1. SoundSYNK (United Kingdom): http://www.imaginecup.com/ic13/team/colinked

This innovation focuses on the audio system for parties and music performances, so is not as directly relevant to this blog, however, it has implications for education and healthcare. Here is what it does.

“We hope to create a new mesh networking system between smartphones with our technology. Imagine being able to connect a stadium full of people and play music and sounds through all their smartphones at the same time! – Alex Bochenski

OK, now think, what if you could do this for a classroom? What if you could use this technology to sync audio playback devices for people with moderate hearing loss? What if you could extend this technology to sync audio playback to TTC for the deaf? Lots of potential for extending this project into spaces relevant for healthcare and education.


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First posted at THL Blog: http://thlibrary.wordpress.com/2013/07/12/hashtags-of-the-week-hotw-re-imagine-science-innovation-week-of-july-8-2013/


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