Duke Chronicle, October 16, 2014
Duke Global Health Institute, October 28, 2014
NPR, November 5, 2014
Cross posted on WUNC
WRAL, November 5, 2014
Durham Herald Sun, November 6, 2014
Duke Global Health Institute, November 10, 2014
Duke Today, November 11, 2014 [video]
As parts of West Africa are being ravaged by the Ebola epidemic, stakeholders around the world are attempting to coordinate to identify the most effective ways to address the spread of disease. One response, from USAID and partners, is to launch Fighting Ebola: A Grand Challenge for Development in an effort to elicit innovative ideas focused on the role of healthcare workers. To start, partner OpenIDEO has launched the first part of this initiative with a wide call for ideas.
The Duke Ebola Innovation Challenge offers a unique opportunity for Duke graduate and undergraduate students from diverse schools and disciplines to work together in teams of four to five to generate innovative ideas for the OpenIDEO Fighting Ebola Challenge.
Read about some of the students participating in the challenge here.
How do I participate?
Register online by midnight October 23 to participate in an Innovation Challenge team. You may register as an individual, as a partial team, or as a complete team. If registering as an individual or partial team, we will match you with other students to create interdisciplinary teams. If registering as a complete team, we encourage you to be sure that your team is interdisciplinary. You will choose to work on one of two focus areas for the Challenge:
1. Strengthening Health Worker Capacities: How might we enhance the protective equipment, care setting and tools in the field to empower and protect healthcare workers?
2. Boosting Tracking & Communication Abilities: How might we develop, test and rapidly deploy mobile solutions to facilitate data collection and analysis?
What is required?
As a participant, you are strongly encouraged to attend the Innovation Challenge Kickoff event the evening of Monday, October 27th (approximately one hour), and you are encouraged to send at least one of your team members to the optional workshop on Wednesday, October 29. It is up to you and your team how much or how little time you will dedicate to the challenge and you will be required to submit a brief slide deck. If your team is a finalist, at least a few members must attend the Finalist Presentations & Feedback session (two hours) on the evening of Wednesday, November 5th.
Throughout the week we will be posting helpful articles and other resources on our Twitter feed. Be sure to check out the following sites as well:
- Duke Global Health Institute's Ebola Outbreak Information & Resources page
- Webinar Series "Training Health Workers for Ebola - Protection, Detection, & Response" by IntraHealth & MPowering Frontline health Workers
- Consortium of Universities for Global Health's Ebola Outbreak Information Center
- NPR StoryCorps; Experience in the field
- OpenIDEO Ideation Tools
- Ebola Resources for Health Workers
- Ebola Communication Network
Find the detailed scheduled of events here.
Deadline to Register: October 23 at midnight
Kickoff Event & Teams Announced: October 27, 6:00pm; Fuqua School of Business McClendon Auditorium
Speakers: Erin Worsham, Executive Director for the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE)
Cameron Wolfe, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Infectious Diseases at the Duke School of Medicine
Workshop (optional): October 29, 6:00pm; Sanford School of Public Policy
Speakers: Dykki Settle, Director of Health Workforce Informatics for IntraHealth International
Debra Hunt, Director of Biological Safety for Duke University Health System
Ting Shih, Founder and CEO of ClickMedix
RJ Andrews, Project Manager for Duke Institute for Health Innovation
Submissions Due: November 2 at midnight
Finalist Presentations & Feedback Session: November 5, 6:00pm; Fuqua School of Business McClendon Auditorium
Judges: Catherine Admay, Visiting Professor of Public Policy at the Duke Center for International Development
Dennis Clements, Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics at the Duke School of Medicine
Alex Deghan, Visiting Senior Fellow at Duke University and former Chief Scientist at USAID
Will Mitchell, Professor of Strategy at the Fuqua School of Business
Nimmi Ramanujam, Professor of Biological Engineering at the Pratt School of Engineering
Eric Toone, Vice Provost and Director at the Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative
Deadline for OpenIDEO Challenge Idea Submission: November 7