Updated Jun 07, 2018CLOSED

Frontlines of Health Challenge

Offered by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) as part of SOLVE

How can communities invest in frontline health workers and services to improve their access to effective and affordable care?The Solve community aims to find and advance innovative solutions that support and invest in frontline health workers and health services.
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CLOSEDJul 01, 2018Deadline
$10,000 - $135,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 1: Ideation, Stage 2: Research & Development, Stage 3: Proof of Concept, Stage 4: Transition to Scale, Stage 5: Scaling and Stage 6: Sustained Scale
Implemented In:
RegionLow and Middle Income Countries
Focus AreasHealth Systems (Health) and Technology

Solve seeks solutions that make healthcare more available, affordable, and effective for marginalized communities and welcomes solutions from innovators around the world that:

-Expand the availability of affordable, effective community health services and treatments, and the use of data—especially through digital technologies
-Accelerate the training, recruitment, and decision supports for frontline health workers
-Enhance referrals and coordination of care between frontline health workers and higher levels of care—irrespective of geography
-Strengthen the procurement or local production of medication, diagnostic tools, and medical supplies

Note for ideation stage innovative solutions:We welcome you to submit your solution to participate in the discussion, but please note that solutions that are still only at the concept stage are unlikely to be selected. You have until the submission deadline to prototype and experiment with your idea!

Other Requirements

Potential for ScaleJudges will score applications based on Scalability: The solution can be grown and scaled to affect the lives of more people
OtherJudges will score applications based on:
-Alignment: The solution addresses the challenge that has been set forth using technology.
-Potential for Impact: The planned implementation of the solution has the potential to impact lives.
-Feasibility: It is feasible to implement the solution, and the team has a plan for the solution to sustain itself financially.
-Innovative Approach: This is a new technology, a new application of a technology, a new business model, or a new process for solving the challenge

Application Directions

Submit your solution through the SOLVE platform here

Application And Awards Process

In the first round, Solve staff will perform an initial screening of all applications for completeness, for coherency, and for whether the solution appropriately addresses the challenge. Then our judges will score the screened applications to determine finalists.

In the second round, each finalist will pitch before the challenge judges and a live audience. The judges will determine which solutions are the most promising.

March 1, 2018 – Challenges open
July 1, 2018 - Deadline to submit a draft solution application
July 20, 2018 - Deadline for editing a solution application
August, 2018 - Finalists announced
September 22-24, 2018 - Finalists pitch in New York during the U.N. General Assembly

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