The TMED Health Challenge
Have you got what we’re looking for?
Over the next 6 months, C-TRIC, the Clinical Translational Research and Innovation Centre, in partnership with HSC Innovations and CultureTECH, is looking to find and develop innovative new ideas from the creative and digital industries to address unmet needs in health and wellbeing.
The programme is designed to help foster greater collaboration between the creative industries and healthcare with a view to developing promising new product / service solutions for the health and wellbeing market.
We’re inviting submissions from across the UK and Ireland and are offering a prize package including incubation support, funding advice, research support and a cash bursaries to support the project.
Launch Workshop May 2nd
Closing Date for Proposals August 2nd
Shortlist Announced August 9thShowcase at CultureTECH
Lifestyle is perhaps the most obvious contributing factor in any number of preventable diseases. In line with the growing presence of technology in our lives, healthcare providers, carers, patients and the wider public are increasingly relying on digital technology to manage, document and inform in relation to health, wellbeing and lifestyle.
In addition, unmet need within healthcare is readily identifiable by clinical practitioners. Technology and design-led solutions to these unmet healthcare needs will potentially include mobile applications, infographics aimed at better communication of key healthcare messages and software aimed at exploiting large and complex datasets for health care providers and ultimately patient benefit.
Taken together there is an obvious opportunity to utilise technology and design concepts to positively influence solution development. Unfortunately, however, there is often limited dialogue between creative technologists, designers and clinical professionals.
The TMED Health Challenge, delivered in partnership with CultureTECH, C-TRIC and HSC Innovations will set out to initiate a meaningful conversation in this space and identify new concepts which can be support through their initial phases of development
All shortlisted proposals will receive:
- Invitation to present at CultureTECH in Derry-Londonderry in September
- Festival passes
- A copy of “The Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care” by Clayton M. Christensen
Two overall winners will each receive:
- A cheque for £500
- 3 months incubation support including 3 months desk space at C-TRIC
- Market research/assessment on the developed opportunity
- Introduction to other clinical groups/users
- Specialist advice on R&D funding
The aim of the TMED Health Challenge is to both encourage greater collaboration between tech/design and healthcare and identify initial product/service concepts which C-TRIC can potentially help support in their development. As part of the initial workshop event, clinicians and healthcare professionals will outline key areas of unmet need in the health and wellbeing space however, your proposal may address any perceived health or wellbeing need.
We are seeking proposals which will fall within one or more of the following three categories:
- Mobile Application: A mobile application, to be developed on one or more major platform, that has the potential to support the delivery of healthcare services and/or encourage positive behavioral change and healthy lifestyles
- Information Design: Design-based solutions, including info-graphics, which support improved use, communication or understanding of healthcare related messages, data and information. Submissions under this category can focus either on consumer-facing or healthcare professional-facing solutions.
- Data: Software solutions which exploit large and complex data sets for improved patient services, enhanced communication of healthcare messages or improved consumer-led ‘lifestyle management’.
Again, any area of unmet need in health or wellbeing may be addressed in your proposal. Proposals are welcome from both the tech/design community and healthcare professionals, however, we are particularly keen to see collaborative proposals.
Submissions are invited from any individual or organisation based in the UK or Ireland and must be received no later than noon on August 2nd, 2013. Your submission must fall within at least one of the three categories set out above and can be either a concept already in development or simply an idea, but must not yet be commercially available. If you are shortlisted, you must be prepared to participate in all showcase, marketing and promotional activities. Please refer to the terms and conditions overleaf for more details.
Your submission should take the form of a document, supplied in PDF format, totaling no more than 8 A4 pages and must include the following information:
✓ Your project / product name
✓ Your contact details including contact name, postal address and email
✓ A short description of your proposed solution and which of the 3 categories you would like to have your proposal considered (200 words max)
✓ A description of the unmet need you are seeking to address and how your solution will address it (no max)
✓ An overview of the commercial potential (if any) of your proposed solution
✓ A short profile of your organisation and/or the individuals involved in the developing the idea (200 words max)
✓ Links to supporting content online including but not limited to your website, videos, online demos, CVs, prototypes, case studies, designs or illustrations
You may choose to include additional information within your proposal at your own discretion, provided the total length of your proposal does not exceed 8 A4 pages in length.
Submissions will be shortlisted on the basis of originality, potential for commercial development, evidence of effective collaboration (or proposed collaboration) and their likeliness to meet the identified need. Between 1 and 3 proposals from each category will be shortlisted, within a maximum of no more than six total proposals.
Terms and Conditions
1.The organisers of this competition are ABC Research & Innovation Limited (Operating as C-TRIC) a company registered in Northern Ireland with registered address at Altnagelvin Hospital, Glenshane Road, Londonderry BT47 6SB United Kingdom and company registration number NI069258.
2.Proposals are invited from both individuals and organisations, based in the UK or Republic of Ireland and may include concepts which are in any stage of development provided that they are not currently commercially available. By submitting a proposal you agree to, if selected, use your best endeavours to implement the proposal as described and participate meaningfully in the process as outlining in this document.
3.Proposals will be treated in the strictest confidence but neither the organisers nor any named partner accept any responsibility for any intellectual property you choose to disclose in your proposal. You should take relevant precautions to protect your intellectual property.
4.The deadline for proposals will be noon on Friday, August 2nd, 2013. Proposals may be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, submitted online at www.culturetech.co/tmedchallenge or delivered to CultureTECH Ltd,1a Hawkin Street, Derry-Londonderry, BT48 6RD, UK. Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered.
5.If your proposal is shortlisted, you will be notified by email no later than August 9th, 2013. If shortlisted you will be required to make a 10-minute presentation to the judging panel on Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 as part of the CultureTECH Festival in Derry-Londonderry.
6.The judging panel will select two winning proposals from those shortlisted. Each of the two winners will receive £500 as well as additional non-financial benefits as described. If selected, the non-financial components of the prize as described in this document will be subject to your acceptance of additional terms to be set out by the organiser.
7.The decision of the judging panel is final. The organisers of this competition reserve the right to vary the terms and conditions herein at any time at their absolute discretion. No correspondence will be entered into in relation to any dispute arising out of this process.
The Clinical Translational Research and Innovation Centre (C-TRIC) is a unique facility promoting and facilitating translational and clinical research, the primary objective of which is to reduce both the time to market and the costs associated with research and development of innovative health technologies, medical devices and therapeutics. C-TRIC’s unique infrastructure and key support staff facilitate clinical research and innovation, enabling the streamlining of developments from the laboratory to the market place through a focused ‘bench to point of care’ approach. This focused activity will create commercial opportunities to develop and exploit partnerships between academic researcher, clinical practitioners and industry.
About HSC Innovations
HSC Innovations provides a technology transfer service for Health and Social Care employees throughout Northern
Ireland. Our aim is to ensure that ideas that have the potential to improve patient care or offer benefits to
healthcare providers are developed, with a focus on ideas that can be protected by a patent and are commercially
CultureTECH is a week-long festival of digital technology, media and music which takes place in Derry-Londonderry this September. Now in its second year, the festival will deliver over 100 events – from conferences to workshops and games tournaments to live music gigs – to a total estimated audience of 30,000 people. CultureTECH also produces a year-round programme of activities designed to ignite conversations and collaborations at the crossroads of arts, culture and technology.
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