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October 22, 2014

WISH Attracts Global Entries for First Innovation Showcases Competition

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The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) has attracted global innovators with projects for the first ever ‘Innovation Showcases’ competition.
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WISH’s ‘Innovation Showcases’ competition has already received more than 35 applications from over 10 countries including Qatar, Egypt, Germany, USA, Haiti, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Slovenia and Switzerland. The inspired innovations include new practices, health products and digital solutions, as well as service delivery models and health education ideas.

The competition gives healthcare innovators the chance to demonstrate their work in front of more than 1,000 global experts and decision-makers at the next WISH Summit taking place in Qatar on 17-18 February 2015.

Winners of the ‘Innovation Showcases’ competition will be selected by a panel of distinguished experts including Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham, Executive Chair of WISH and Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London; Dr Hanan Al Kuwari, Managing Director of Hamad Medical Corporation; Tim Brown of global ideas consultancy IDEO; and social innovator and entrepreneur Bright Simons, President of mPedigree Network.

Commenting about the importance of WISH and the ‘Innovation Showcases’ Lord Darzi said: “Innovation is at the heart of what we do, and the Summit represents a once in a lifetime opportunity for innovators to demonstrate their ideas to some of the most powerful and influential people in healthcare. This can be a real springboard for connecting with the right people and disseminating exciting new products and practices across the globe.”
The e-Ranger Ambulance
The eRanger, one of the winners of the ‘Innovation Showcases’ at WISH 2013,is already making an impressive impact in many parts of the world, including a partnership with the government of Kenya and St John Ambulance Medical Centre in Kenya to introduce a First Responder motorcycle. The eRanger is a versatile, robust cost-effective vehicle with the cargo capacity of a sidecar, which can help provide healthcare in hard to reach communities.

The ‘Innovation Showcases’ competition closes on 31 October 2014.

Interested applicants can apply by visiting the WISH website: http://www.wish.org.qa/2015-summit/innovation-showcases.
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