AGE-WELL Hacking Health National Ideathon Competition Kick-off

When: Feb 3rd, 1-6:30pm

Where: MaRS Discovery District, 101 College St

Theme: technology and services for healthy aging

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Only 20 entries left! Calling all innovators! $75,000 in prize and trips available to turn your ideas into a business!

 

AGE-WELL and Hacking Health have teamed up to launch a national ideation competition. The Competition will be conducted over a series of ideathons. An ideathon is a collaborative event where diverse stakeholders harness their collective knowledge and creativity to brainstorm innovative solutions to pressing challenges. Participants use user-centric design techniques and methodologies (such as ideation, journey mapping, and prototyping), and the creation of an initial business case to propose a novel solution. The kick off will take place in Toronto on Feb 3rd, 1-6:30pm. You must register and attend an ideathon/workshop to enter the competition.

 

More info: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/age-well-hacking-health-national-ideathon-toronto-tickets-30058429572

 

Even more info: http://agewell-nce.ca/age-well-hacking-health-national-competition-information

 

Recap of our First Event of the Year!

Thanks to everyone that came out to our last event to meet new people and enjoy free pizza! In our last event, members completed an engineering challenge, answered some trivia and discussed how they would approach world health issues for the chance to win prizes. Additionally we had the opportunity to speak with a Summer Institute alumnus about summer internship opportunities. If you weren’t able to make it out to this event, or if you’re looking participate in more events with EWH, worry not, there will be more opportunities to meet the team and learn about summer opportunities!

Thanks for attending our Ideathon!

On Sunday Feb 28th, EWH-UofT hosted our inaugural Ideathon event!

We kicked off the day with an inspiring and informative panel composed of members from Health Mission Outreach, World Spine Care, and Engineers Without Borders. During the panel, it became clear just how important creating solutions collaboratively on the ground is to success. Many thanks to Ben Draskovic, Dr. Patricia Tavares, Dr. Lun Hangfu, and Dr. David Gorendar for taking the time to join us early on a Sunday morning and share their stories and insight with us, and thank you to Faye Simmonds of eHealth Africa for putting together an extremely comprehensive video as a perfect intro to the day!

8th Annual GSAGH Symposium

The Graduate Student Alliance for Global Health (GSAGH) at the University of Toronto is hosting its 8th Annual GSAGH Symposium on March 18th. The overarching theme for this year’s symposium is migration and health.

The popular Canadian narrative in relation to our treatment of immigrants and refugees has emphasized our Canadian generosity, compassion and welcoming arms. However, through deconstructing this narrative, an unfortunate reality is revealed: in Canada, we have not always done our best to promote and safeguard health for migrants to our country. In fact, there have been several policies and practices that have directly threatened the health of those who choose to make our country their new home. The objectives of GSAGH’s 2016 symposium, Improving Canada’s Migration Report Card: Steps Forward, are two-fold:

  • To examine Canada’s track record on migrant health (historically and present-day)
  • To highlight steps we can take to be true leaders in migrant health through: showcasing positive examples of efforts to advance migrant health, identifying gaps to be addressed, and proposing concrete recommendations for future action