Filippos Filippidis
Lecturer in Public Health
Imperial College London

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i-Days

Innovation Days


Innovation Days promote health innovation among university students through one-to-two-day programmes held at academic institutions around Europe. Students receive an introduction to practical health innovation tools and work in multidisciplinary teams to tackle real life health challenges posed by EIT Health projects, local organisations and private corporations. Successful teams will receive resources to develop their ideas, and students from the regions EIT Health serves will be encouraged to get involved with our network.

About this activity

Innovation Days are accessible to all undergraduate and postgraduate students with an interest in healthcare innovation. Between 28 October-10 November 2019, partners from six EIT Health Co-Location Centres and 13 RIS Hubs will host their own i-Days at 32 locations around Europe.

These events include inspirational speakers and coaches who will introduce students to practical tools in innovation, design thinking and pitching ideas. Challenges sourced from EIT Health projects, local CLCs, and other relevant organisations, will be presented to students along with some introductory information. Students form multidisciplinary teams and spend the day guided by facilitators and expert citizens in striving to create solutions to these real life healthcare challenges. Teams pitch their ideas and are judged by a panel of experts, who use standardised scoring criteria to award prizes to the best teams. Winning i-Day teams will then be invited to a Winners Event, where they meet peers from all participating i-Day universities. At this event, students will be given support and resources to further develop their ideas, and they will also receive more training in innovation methodology. The i-Days are conceived as a first step for students on the health innovation pathway. They encourage hundreds of students across European CLCs to join the EIT Health network.

A video about last year's i-Days

EIT Health Partners in this Project