European Summer School for Innovation in Chronic Disease Intervention
July 21st to August 2nd 2019
What is euVENTION about?
euVENTION’s overall goal is to provide graduates, PhD students and young professionals the opportunity to improve prevention and treatment options for people, who are at risk or suffer from chronic diseases. euVENTION guides you through the whole process of product or service development: from the theoretical challenges to business development and creating the prototype. With challenges stemming direct from health care practice and the work floor, our experts will ensure you will create a viable and desired product or service.
euVENTION generates actionable results, while challenging participants to use state of the art innovation methods for future healthcare related endeavours.
Whom is it designed for?
euVENTION is made for all open-minded people, who want to change something (in health)!
No matter what your background is, everyone can contribute their expertise and all disciplines are welcomed. Ranging from medicine and life science to social sciences and humanities, from IT to business, from science to communication and design.
The summer school is designed for PhD students. But all dedicated master students, young professionals, or motivated individuals are welcome to apply as we believe multi-disciplinary teams can come up with the best and most innovative solutions.
euVENTION has English as working language. You need to have skills at least at level B2.
Why should I participate?
euVENTION is a two-week program, which uniquely covers all steps and tools to create your own startup.
You learn to develop meaningful solutions, using Design Thinking, by creating prototypes and developing state-of-the-art business models while receiving feedback from diverse stakeholders, e.g. patients, companies and insurers. You will apply these methods directly to a real-life challenge. In every step, you are supported by experienced mentors and experts. euVENTION gives you the unique opportunity to experience the full cycle of innovation while having expert support and exceptional, tested, means of innovation at your disposal.
These knowledge and skills are indispensable for any kind of career.
These challenges have been worked on in the first edition of euVENTION. We are currently putting together this years challenges.
Digitized walking aid
Elderly people with impaired mobility often need support by products like walkers. However, the walker has not been evolved further for the last decades. This might result in a severe accident risk.
How might a digitized walking aid support elderly people with impaired mobility and reduce the risk of severe accidents?
Operating room of the 21st century
Patients security is depended on sterile goods in the operating room. The processes to handle the sterile products are analog and therefore very inefficient and error-prone. This poses problems with regulatory requirements as well as a potential electronic health record.
How might we digitize the operating room?
Detection of thyroid gland malfunction
Thyroid disease has many different symptoms, which are often not related to the disease. Therefore thyroid disease is often misdiagnosed or people simply accept the symptoms, because they relate them to becoming older.
How might we increase awareness for thyroid disease?
Emergency call for elderly persons
Elderly people often live alone without direct access to an internet connection. In case of emergency there is no option to call for help. This poses a threat to the elderly people. For relatives and people near to the elderly person, often situations of insecurity arise, if the elderly people is not contactable.
How might a device support elderly people to call help in case of emergency?
Prevention by Perception
People often misjudge their abilities. This applies for physical abilities, as well as the life style. Misperception might lead to a chronical disease. However, treatment is usually only given after diseases have developed, instead of sensitizing for the prevention.
How might we improve self judgement of physical abilities?
Regional Health Management
The environment of humans has changed dramatically in the past centuries. However, the genetics hasn’t had any time to adapt to this new framework. This could be a cause for modern diseases, like diabetes, coronary artery disease, dementia or cancer.
How might help people to use their self-regulating and self-regenerating abilities?
The syllabus of the Summer School euVENTION 2019
Learn the basics of Design Thinking while meeting your peers for drinks and snacks.
The challenges are presented and you choose yours. You get to know your team.
Design Thinking is introduced. Your team will follow this method to understand the intrincacies of your challenge.
Talk to experts
To find solutions that matter, you need to understand why and for whom you make it. Stakeholders will visit our site and give you insights.
To further refine or pivot your solution, you will test it together with mentors and coaches.
Build a 3D-printer, program a micro-controller or get additional leadership and management skills.
Prepare a high-fidelity prototype, which has fundamental characteristics of your solution.
Foundation and baseline
Create your first business model and iterate it already focusing on your value proposition and key customer segment.
Challenge and change
Use different methods to challenge your business model, get new insights and create a new version.
The financial side
Have a closer look at the revenues and costs of your product or service.
Preparation of Pitch
Develop your final pitch. A pitch doctor will give you feedback.
A prestigious jury joins us and you and your team present the results of the two weeks.
We are intending to cover your costs for travel and accommodation.
However, the final amount can only be determined after the admission has taken place. Therefore, please indicate in your registration if you are in need of a travel stipend.
We are aiming for Travel stipends for participants from
within Germany of up to 250€
within Europe of up to 500€
outside Europe of up to 750€
Accommodation (as in hotel or hostel rooms) is not included.
We suggest, that you reserve a room already. Make sure that you could cancel it in case of being not admitted to the Summer School.
These are some nice places to stay.
We are looking for persons with a variety of disciplinary backgrounds interested in participating. We aim to have multidisciplinary teams as we believe these will be the most powerful to come to solutions.
It is beneficial if you have a finished master degree. euVENTION is also open to young professionals, who have already left academia. If you are still doing your masters in the field of euVENTION, please send us your application with your motivation.
If you aren’t sure if euVENTION is for you, don’t hesitate to send us a message.
Which language will be spoken?
The euVENTION Summer School is an international event. All communication will be in English. Participants are expected to be proficient in English. It is not necessary to know any German. If needed, we will be happy to support you with your travel arrangements,.
Which kind of food will be available?
The summer school includes free breakfast and lunch. We will always provide a vegetarian option. We cannot guarantee the accommodation of other dietary needs.
Who will own the IP?
The IP regulations will be published here soon.
Can I propose my own challenge/business idea?
Although we have collected some real world challenges from our partners in industry and academia, we invite you to bring your own challenge. Please propose it together with your application. A prestigous jury will decide on the challenges choosen.
How to get to the venue?
The event will be held at the Marsilius Arkaden North Tower located at “Im Neuenheimer Feld 130.1” at the university campus in Heidelberg.
The nearest airports are Frankfurt/Main and Stuttgart. From Heidelberg train station, take bus no. 32 for 10 minutes to “Uni-Campus, Heidelberg-Neuenheim” or the tram to “Jahnstrasse, Heidelberg-Neuenheim” for 5 minutes. Time tables are available here.
Parking is available outside the building. You need to take a ticket from the machine once you enter the campus.
We are happy to help you with your travel arrangements and hotel reservation, please let us know.
Why did we collect real world challenges?
We believe that our teams will be able to develop solutions in less than two weeks. The challenge owner (i.e. our business partners from industry and academia) might be interested to be your first costumer right after the event, or buy your solution or the team as a whole.
Please contact us, if you have any kind of question
The euVENTION Summer School is a joint initiative of Heidelberg University, Heidelberg University Clinic, Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing, SAP, and University of Coimbra.
This activity has received funding from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). This body of the European Union receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
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