Friday, June 17, 2016

Online Contest Management Will Make Health Solutions a Reality

Who do you think will win? If you had the skills to create something that could make an impact in the medical world, would you? The AMA Healthier Nation Innovation Challenge has been looking for bright minded medical students, residents, and physicians to help shape the world of medicine and as of May 31st, the top 5 finalists were chosen through the online contest software. After the judges picked from over 117 outstanding entries, they chose these 5 finalists: • Blindness Prevention in the Palm of Your Hand • SimX: Augmented Reality Medical Simulation • Twiage: Accelerating Life-Saving Care • Light Line Catheter • Web-based Test Technology to Detect and Diagnose Eye Disease For more information on each of the finalists and their projects, check them out here. Now that those 5 finalists have been chosen, their next step is to present their proposals at the AMA Healthier Nation Innovation Challenge event on June 11th.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Meet the Phase 1 Winners of the Bridging the Gap Competition Platform

Children from low-income families may get the same love as children from high-income families, but unfortunately they don’t get the same vocabulary. In fact, according to the Word Gap Challenge website, “By age three, children from low-income families are hearing 30 million fewer words than those from higher-income families.” This is not good. Language skills, performance in school, and eventually careers can be affected by this lack of vocab. With the Bridging the Word Gap Challenge, Skild will manage the competition platform to help make sure that children from all families have the same opportunity to reach success. So the goal is, what can we create to help guardians talk with young children more? The 10 Phase 1 winners have been picked through the competition software to create a prototype of their ideas in order to test it out.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Past Winners of the RELX Group Environmental Innovation Contest Pave the Way for the 5th Year

Did you know that 1 in 10 people lack access to safe water? Sometimes it’s easy to overlook how difficult getting a drink of water can be in underdeveloped areas because we can have a glass whenever we want. That’s why Skild is so proud to be managing the RELX Group Environmental Challenge. The goal of this competition is to find a project out there that will help provide sustainable access to safe water. While the winners won’t be announced until fall of this year, you can take a look at the winners from last year’s innovation contest in the meantime. The next finalists have some large shoes to fill – but we are confident that this year’s finalists will exceed our already high expectations.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Vote for Your Favorite Paradigm Innovation Competition Entry

The Paradigm Challenge is a unique contest that aims at inspiring youth to create innovative ideas that could fix social issues. This may be only the first year of the paradigm innovation competition is taking off, but kids from 7-18 have sent in an overwhelming amount of entries that work to help with the challenges goals- prevent injuries and fatalities from home fires. While it may seem like fires in the home are not a big problem, they are actually America’s number one disaster threat! One hundred of those entries have been chosen to go to the next round and are available to be voted on until August 30th. All of the entries should be judged on at least by their originality, effectiveness, and feasibility. While all projects were outstanding.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Solving Health Problems With Cars? The Ford Motor Contest Platform Gets Creative

Cars are getting to the point where their technology can do so much – so why not use it’s technology to find ways to monitor people with chronic illnesses and health conditions? If cars have the ability to use night vision to detect a pedestrian and even drive themselves, finding ways to manage a person’s medical health should be doable. Skild has been honored with powering the Ford Motor Company and Henry Ford Health System contest platform that aims to better protect lives with the use of car technology. People over the age of 18 have been invited to participate in the challenge and have the opportunity to win $10,000 in prizes! The challenge will be over and the winners will be selected and announced on June 14, 2016. Right now, 90 percent of senior citizens and about half of Americans are living with chronic health conditions.

Does San Diego SmartCity Hackathon Have the Solution for Climate Change?

The struggle we face with climate change With issues as imperative as global warming, sometimes we need solutions created quickly. In order to assist the Climate Action Plan that the San Diego City Council had taken on, they decided to create an event that would help defeat greenhouse gases. The city of San Diego started the San Diego SmartCity Hackathon and Innovation Program to try and combat climate change as swiftly as possible. With the help of over 250 developers, programmers, creative thinkers, engineers, and more coming up with innovative ideas, the chances for finding solutions were more than possible. Professor of electrical and computer engineering of the Center for Wireless Communications at UC San Diego Sjuit Dey said, “What we are doing is creating a kind of living laboratory in the City of San Diego.