Future of Health Challenge

UCE Disrupt

The Future of Health Challenge, held over the weekend of 31 July and 1 August at the CDHB’s Design Lab, gave teams 48 hours to come up with innovative solutions to one of three challenges: create a new model of primary healthcare; consider the future of nursing education and learning; or build a bridge between health and wellbeing. 

A wide range of teams competed for a share in a $6,000 prize pool including students studying nursing, marketing, data science, biomedical, engineering and the MBA. In addition, UC lecturers Dr Debbie Munroe and Dr Claire Davies saw considerable value in this Challenge and made participation compulsory as part of the Biomedical Design and Production Management course. 

Mentor sessions with industry experts helped teams refine their value propositions and final pitches to the judging panel. Judges Peter Townsend (Te Papa Hauora), Mark Liddle (Pegasus Health), Dr Philippa Seaton (University of Otago) and Dr Debbie Munro (University of Canterbury) were impressed with the calibre of the presentations.

The winning team ‘Mātauranga’ proposed triaging education through offering microcredentials for nursing specialisation in regionalised healthcare. They identified regional health risk factors (for example, Southland has higher rates of bowel cancer and Northland has higher rates of breast cancer and melanoma). Judges felt their solution, empowering nurses, could both have a positive impact on high-risk communities through early detection and be implemented relatively easily.

‘Education on the Go’ the second-placed team developed a wrist-based smart dashboard for nurses to use on the ward integrating all patient, ward, scheduling and hospital data.

Team ‘SMACK’ created ‘Haven’, a mood tracking app that gamifies wellbeing and enables you to grow your own well-being garden, and team ‘Quokka’ created ‘Kai 4 Us’, a recipe sharing app to promote healthy eating and reduce rates of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Both these teams were commended on their solutions for positive behavioural change. 

Next up for UCE is the flagship Summer Start-up Programme with applications now open. UCE Disrupt Challenge teams are strongly encouraged to apply and use this opportunity to take your solutions forward.