EIT Health Innovation Day at the University of Copenhagen on the Global Health Case Challenges with WHO

EIT Health innovation day with the World Health Organisation

On November 17, the Info Hall on Nørre Allé was buzzing with enthusiastic students and warm coffee, when the EIT Innovation Day Global Health Case Challenge presented this year’s case.

After they had listened to SUND Dean Ulla Wewer, among others, speak, the students ripped open the case envelopes, teamed up and set to work. For the next 24 hours they worked hard to present the most innovative and viable cross-disciplinary solution to the WHO Europe case challenge: Find the answer to one of the world’s main health challenges – the fight against antibiotic resistance.

193 students applied, the 73 selected students to go on campus came from 26 different countries and together represented 28 different study programmes at elite universities across Europe.

When you ask students from different fields of study and cultural backgrounds to work together, you get exponentially different perspectives on a problem. The ideas will be diverse, facilitating a completely different level of creative suggested solutions. At the same time, the aim of the School of Global Health is to strengthen the students’ job readiness and chances of networking across countries and fields of study, and here the case challenge format represents a unique opportunity’, Professor and Head of the Department of Global Health Flemming Konradsen said before the case was presented.

The appointed jury consisting of six experts within antibiotic resistance and health innovation had to make the tough decision: Who would win this year’s case challenge and travel to Barcelona to pitch their idea and receive guidance from WHO Europe on how to proceed?

SUND Students Won

A great number of empty coffee pots and energy drink cans was all that was left in the Info Hall on Friday afternoon. The teams moved to CSS for the final decision. Here each team gave an oral presentation of their idea in front of the jury and the audience. After several intense presentation rounds and voting by the judges, Team 3 was called to the stage. 24 hours of hard work and the ability to sell their idea to an audience of 150 earned them the first place.

The team consisted of three medical students from SUND – Johan Bundgaard, Mark Khurana and Troels Rømer – student of International Business & Politics at the Copenhagen Business School Kasper Djernæs and student of Medicine and Technology at the Technical University of Copenhagen/University of Copenhagen Jakob Simonsen. The team presented the web app Acumulus, which is an A.I. computing service comparing symptoms with big data such as epidemiological data, infections and clinical data.

The team also had the chance to present their idea in Barcelona to EIT Health partners and received guidance from experts from WHO Europe.

This article is reprinted from ‘SUND Indsigt’, the Newsletter of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. For more news information, please visit sund.ku.dk.


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