Calling all campus innovators to identify problems to solve and potential innovative solutions with a focus on data and analytics. Potential for mentorship, industry connections, and cash prizes!

We are offering campus innovators an opportunity to learn about challenges in healthcare, build skills, make industry connections, connect to other campus innovators with similar interests, and explore innovation in digital health.

The primary objective is to develop presentations that demonstrate problem-solution fit to address key challenges in healthcare to improve patient care and improve cost of care associated with one of the Challenge Focus Areas.

Challenge Focus Areas:

Personalized and Integrated Experience to Consumers

Enhance Provider Productivity

Engage formal and informal caregivers

Improve Outcomes and Affordability

Join us this spring for the Challenges in Health Tech Innovation Series:

Take advantage of an exciting opportunity to get a head start on the May 2021 Challenge by participating in this Mini Educational Series this spring semester!

Part One: April-May: Intro Series

We are planning a series of “workshops” and guest speakers this semester as an opportunity to learn about challenges in healthcare and prepare for the Digital Health Challenge. This series will provide insights into challenges in healthcare, innovations needed, and to provide a head start on the Digital Health Challenge.

Come for the learning! Everyone is welcome to attend just some or all of the workshops and you are not required to participate in the Challenge to take part.

Intro Series Schedule

Session 1: April 8, 2021 Info Session for the Summer Digital Health Challenge and QA

Sandra Bradley, CEO, Hyper Innovation

Session 2: April 15, 2021

Open “office hour” to meet with Challenge organizers, discuss direction, and ask questions to prepare for the Summer Digital Health Challenge.

Session 3: April 22, 2021 Opportunities for Technology Innovation in Healthcare – Panel

Thomas Yen – Sr. R&D Manager, User Experience Design at BD – Integrated Diagnostic Solutions

Keith Livingston, President and Chief Executive Officer at AboutHealth – Retired

Michael Grall, President and CEO, Talus Solutions

Session 4: April 29, 2021 QA and work on Challenge Project Idea(s)

Jennifer Mueller, Vice President and Privacy Officer at Wisconsin Hospital Association

Scheduling after April 29, 2021:

Request time for an “office hour” to meet with Challenge organizers, discuss direction, and ask questions to prepare for the Summer Digital Health Challenge.

Interested in learning more?

Part Two: May: Digital Health Challenge

We will be running the Digital Health Challenge in May based on interests and insights surfaced during the semester.

Why Participate:

Learn about key challenges in the healthcare industry

Connect with industry professionals

Develop new skills

Make new connections with other campus innovators

Compete for cash prizes in the May Challenge

Interested in participating?

The Digital Health Challenge

Participants will create a 5-minute video presentation that:

Identifies a solution that addresses at least one of the Challenge Focus Areas

Participants will identify a potential solution that focuses on one of the Challenge Focus Areas. Participants may receive some assistance in identifying the right idea from mentors.

Identifies the Gap Area, Competitive Landscape, Key Differentiator, and Value Proposition

  • What gap in the healthcare industry does the proposed solution aim to address?
    • Who are the key stakeholders or target market?
  • Are there other competitors in that space?
    • Their Offering
    • Their Differentiation
    • Their Target Market
  • What is the proposed solution’s key differentiation and value proposition?
    • How does this solution stand out compared to competitors, and what does it offer that is unique for the end user?

Identifies the Desirability, Feasibility, Viability of the Solution

Desirability: A solution the end user really needs.
  • Define your end-user
  • Does the proposed solution solve for the right pain point?
  • Does it address the task/gap/taste/style the end user desires?
Feasibility: A solution that builds on the core strengths of the healthcare industry, or an identified partner’s operational capabilities.
  • Address the question: How can this solution be built to make the industry healthier and stronger?
Viability: A solution that contributes to long-term growth and sustainability.
  • Does the business model fit the way customers or end users want to use or pay for the solution?
  • Is the solution profitable?
  • How does it contribute to the community and the healthcare industry?

Supporting Evidence

  • What is the impact of the proposed solution? Does it accomplish its goal?
  • Was a data analysis conducted to tease out the potential of the proposed solution?
  • What supporting evidence can be presented to support the claim of the proposed solution?
Cash Prize Categories

A judging panel will use Challenge criteria to assess best solutions and award cash prizes. Categories for the Challenge include:

Focus on Early-Stage: Best Articulation of Problem to Solve and Solution Identification

Best ideation and presentation of problem-solution fit.

Focus on New Product: Best Articulation of Problem and Solution

Best ideation and presentation of problem-solution fit with work plan or demonstration of solution.

Focus on Student Innovation

Best student-driven idea and presentation.

Final Submission Requirements:
Submissions are due by midnight CT on June 21.

Interested? Contact

Challenge Calendar

Each Thursday, 6:00-7:00 pm CT, we will hold live working sessions for you to hear from guest speakers about real-world pain points, ask questions or to meet with mentors. These sessions are not mandatory but will be helpful to inform your work during the Challenge itself.

Week of:Milestone / Weekly Goal:Activity:
May 17Challenge Kick OffParticipants & Mentors: Attend the kick off meeting for introductions.
May 17Identify  the gap area, begin competitive landscape research, and begin identifying the key differentiator, and value proposition.Participants: Conduct their own research to identify the industry gap their project addresses, the competitors in the space, and the key differentiator of the proposed, new solution and its value proposition.
Mentors: Assist participants in identifying the gap area, and their key differentiator, and value proposition based on their competitive landscape research.
May 24Answer the questions around desirability, feasibility, and viability (DFV). *Drop Out Deadline for Competing in the Challenge*
Participants no longer interested in participating in the Challenge are asked to contact Lacie by May 31.
Participants: Answer the questions concerning desirability, feasibility, and viability. What additional research needs to be done to address these areas?Does the solution need additional resources?
Mentors: Assist participants in determining the answers to the desirability, feasibility, and viability questions.Challenge participants to uncover why their solution may/may not be DFV.
May 31Outline the hypothesis and begin data collection and analysis.Participants: Outline the hypothesis and data analysis to be run in relation to the proposed solution. Determine the resources (data sets, tech, etc) necessary to run the tests.
June 7Mid-Point Check-In and TroubleshootingParticipants will meet with their mentors to determine their progress and discuss the final presentation.Participants: Assess what additional research is left to be done before the project is due. Mentors: Discuss with participants their progress on the project, assist in outlining the remaining work to be done.
June 14Continue data analysis to build the supporting evidence for the proposed solution.
Begin building out the presentation.
Participants: Continue to develop the supporting evidence and begin drafting the final presentation.
Mentors: Assist participants in developing their supporting evidence.
June 21Finish recording and submit the presentation.Participants: Draft presentation of the finished project.
Reminder: Presentations are due on June 21 at midnight CT.
June 22-24JudgingMentors and industry professionals will be invited to a judging session.
June 24Virtual Challenge Award Ceremony and PresentationsParticipants: All participants are invited to attend the Award Ceremony, some videos may be streamed to a live industry audience and the winners of the Challenge will be announced.
About Hyper Innovation

Hyper Innovation is a Madison-based innovation agency that bridges the gap between complex, real-world problems to solve, and innovative, executable solutions to drive growth and value. 

The Hyper Innovation Digital Health Simulator is a turnkey resource for pressure testing new digital health solutions. The Simulator includes machine learning, simulated EHR environments, and robust de-identified data sets and can be used as a sandbox for developing and testing solutions.