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EIT Health Innovation Day took place on Friday, November 1, in the premises of the Czech Technical University, CIIRC in Prague. Almost 40 visitors have attended the Health Innovation event where they learned how to develop and present an innovative product. And many of them designed different kinds of smart glasses in the afternoon. Teams pitched their ideas to a panel of experts, who use standardised scoring criteria to award prizes to the best teams.
“The i-Days are conceived as the first step for students on the health innovation pathway. These special events have already encouraged hundreds of students across Europe to begin their journey with innovations,” said Mónika Tóth, EIT Health InnoStars Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) Programme Manager.
The winning team was invited to attend a Winners Event in Paris that took place on the 1st December. They met peers from all participating i-Day universities. At this event, students were given support and resources to further develop their ideas, and they also received more training in innovation methodology. "In Paris, we had a chance to get more involved with similarly focused people", says the team. They introduced smart glasses connected to an online platform. Their product is interesting because most of the teams were focusing on health problems. Czech team, however, focused on the problem from health AND social perspective.
The glasses have three main features:
According to the winning team, one of two main reasons to attend i-Days or similar events is the contacts. People are very friendly and there is nothing to be scared of. The second reason is the main prize - you go to Paris, where you meet inspirational people, widen your knowledge and get your ideas on the right track.
Looking forward to meeting some of you next year!