Cross-Cutting Issues in Healthcare: Global Technology Innovations in Surgery, Obstetrics and Anesthesia
The Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI), together with the African Biomedical Engineering Consortium (ABEC) and the UBORA consortium, is holding the 2019 ABEC Design Competition with the theme ‘Cross-Cutting Issues in Healthcare: Global Technology Innovations in Surgery, Obstetrics and Anesthesia’.
This competition seeks innovative multidisciplinary ideas, overlapping engineering and medicine paradigms, from student teams. The sought ideas should tackle global challenges associated with
Successful teams emerging from the design competition will have one team member invited to a one-week design school featuring an innovative engineering instructional framework, namely Conceive Design Implement Operate (CDIO), which will be realized as a series of workshops and classes to equip students with the necessary skills to design a product by the end of the school. In addition, UBORA, an e-infrastructure for the co-design of open-source medical devices, underpinned by European Medical Device Standards, will be used to co-create, conceptualize and develop open-source medical devices.
According to the World Health Organization, clinical conditions requiring surgical, obstetric and
Projects should be prepared according to the template downloadable at abec-africa.org/template
The evaluation process will be based on the following criteria:
- Health Impact (5 Points)
- Relevance to global innovations in surgery, obstetrics and anesthesia (3 Points)
- Illustrates how the innovation will address the health need (1Point)
- Demonstrates potential for widespread health impact (1 Point)
- Technology/Process/Systems Innovation (5 Points)
- Offers a new and creative solution (‘better/faster/cheaper/reliable/affordable’) (3 Points)
- Provides convincing rationale for why this unique approach has the potential to work (1 Point)
- Multi-disciplinary team composition (1 Point)
For the 40 best-ranked projects full-board for one team member to attend the 2019 ABEC Design School to be held at Uganda Industrial Research Institute, Kampala, Uganda from 7th to 11th October 2019 will be covered.
In addition, qualifying projects from ABEC universities selected in the top 28 best-ranked projects will have travel for one team member covered from their home countries to Kampala. The total number of participants is 40. A limited number of places are reserved for students from universities outside ABEC.
Participants should be enrolled as either undergraduate or master students at any university. Students who have already obtained a Master’s degree (in any discipline) are not eligible.
Timeline for the 2019 ABEC Design Competition:
- Project brief submission as per template – due on 1st April, 2019 (Midnight EAT)
- Notification to applicants accepted for full proposal submission – 16th April, 2019
- Submission of full proposals as per template – due on 13th June, 2019 (Midnight EAT)
- Announcement of finalists –28th June, 2019