Past Competitions

On November 12, 2013, September 24, 2015, and November 1, 2017, W21C hosted its previous Innovation Academy competitions.  In partnership with an international network of innovation academies, these events focused on identifying and nurturing health innovations that will contribute to the improvement of health service safety and quality of care both now and in the future.

Below you will find details surrounding our past competitors and events.

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2013

Innovation Academy Awards
Award Ceremony Video

First place: $10,000 grant-in-aid (project and travel funding) – SnapDx
Second place:
$2,500 grant-in-aid (project funding and/or travel funding) – Orpyx Medical Technologies
Third place:
$1000 grant-in-aid (project funding and/or travel funding) – Medeo
Fourth place: RxRobots
(formerly Medi)

Check out what our 2013 Innovation Academy Winners have been up since the first competition:

Jurors
Bob Sartor, President and CEO, Big Rock Brewery
Jason Innes,  Partner, Uncommon Innovation
Peter Garrett, President, Innovate Calgary
Jamie Day, PhD, Administrative Director, O’Brien Institute for Public Health, University of Calgary
Fabrizio Chiacchia, President and CEO, Surface Medical Inc.
Dewey Noordhof, Managing Partner, Brava Bistro
Trevor Day, PhD, Associate Professor, Physiology, Mount Royal University

2013 Moderators
Andre Buret, PhD, Professor, Biological Sciences and Associate Vice President, Research, University of Calgary
John Conly, MD, Medical Director and Founder, W21C, and Professor, Medicine, University of Calgary

2013 Keynote Speaker
Jay Ingram, Science Writer and Broadcaster
Keynote Address

2013 Competitors

These participants competed in the W21C Innovation Academy event on November 12, 2013 through the following activities:

1)      “Mad Minute” presentationone-minute creative presentation to market your poster for viewing. 

2)      Poster Presentation – availability for Q and A over a two-hour networking lunch.

3)      Business pitch competition in the style of Dragon’s Den™  – three-minute pitch plus three minutes for questions.

All activities were evaluated secretly by our prestigious Jury of the Academy.  Presentations were adjudicated based on originality, creativity, applicability, ease of duplication, sustainability and overall significance.

Competitor # 1
Project Connect: Linking Diverse Populations to Health Services Through Student-Delivered Health Education
Presented by: Fartoon Siad and Nasra Siad
Author: Fartoon Siad and Nasra Siad
Organization: Step UP for Somalia, a youth initiative
Mad Minute Presentation
3 Minute Business pitch with 3 Minutes for Questions

Competitor # 2
The Reverse Trade Show: An innovative approach to attracting technological solutions to pressing clinical challenges in rehabilitation
Presented by: Gary Faulkner, Doug Hill, Quentin Ranson
Authors: Doug Hill, Vickie Buttar, Quentin Ranson, Michael Cimolini, Lois Macklin, Laura Mumme, Jim Raso and Gary Faulkner
Organization: Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Alberta Health Services
Mad Minute Presentation
3 Minute Business pitch with 3 Minutes for Questions

Competitor # 3 – WITHDRAWN FROM COMPETITION
Optical Coherence Tomography: New application of a novel medical technology

Competitor # 4
SpineSense: The Future of Spinal Surgeon Training
Presented by: Aubrey Blair-Pattison
Authors: Aubrey Blair-Pattison, Carolyn Anglin, Richard Hu, Ganesh Swamy, Chad Saunders
Organization: University of Calgary
Mad Minute Presentation
3 Minute Business pitch with 3 Minutes for Questions

Competitor # 5
Synthesis: Faster Better Information for Evidence Based Decision Making
Presented by: Kevin Mackie and Dean Yergens
Authors: Kevin Mackie, Co-founder, Dean Yergens, Co-founder
Organization: Synthesis Research Inc.
Mad Minute Presentation
3 Minute Business pitch with 3 Minutes for Questions

Competitor # 6
Diagnosing Fatal Diseases in the Newborn Using Non-Invasive Metabolomics
Presented by: Christopher Skappak
Authors: Skappak C, Saude EJ, Yusuf K, and Harabor A
Organization: University of Calgary
Mad Minute Presentation
3 Minute Business pitch with 3 Minutes for Questions

Competitor # 7
OA-World: A computer simulator to plan for our future health care needs
Presented by: Lina Burgos-Liz
Authors: Deborah Marshall; Sonia Vanderby; Lina Burgos-Liz
Organization: Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary
Mad Minute Presentation
3 Minute Business pitch with 3 Minutes for Questions

Competitor # 8
SpectrumCalgary: An Innovative Broad Based Smartphone Application for Antimicrobial Stewardship
Presented by: Bruce Dalton
Authors: Paul Campsall, Elizabeth Parfitt, Bruce Dalton, Bayan Missaghi, Steve Vaughan, Vikas Chaubey, Daniel Gregson, Daniel Zuege, and John Conly
Organization: Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Department of Critical Care Medicine, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases; University of Calgary; Calgary Laboratory Services; Alberta Health Services
Mad Minute Presentation
3 Minute Business pitch with 3 Minutes for Questions

Competitor # 9
Mobilit: A Mobile Solution for Swallowing Impairments
Presented by: Jana Rieger
Authors: Jana Rieger, PhD, Mark Redmond, PhD, Gabriela Constantinescu, Herman Lundgren, and Dylan Scott
Organization: Institute for Reconstructive Sciences in Medicine
Mad Minute Presentation
3 Minute Business pitch with 3 Minutes for Questions

Competitor # 10
Accessible Telehealth for every Canadian
Presented by: Ryan Wilson
Author: Joshua Weinstein
Organization: Medeo
Mad Minute Presentation
3 Minute Business pitch with 3 Minutes for Questions

Competitor # 11
SnapDx: Intuitive Data Visualization for Empowered Clinical Decisions
Presented By: Rahul Mehta, Aravind Ganesh, Hisham Al-Shurafa
Authors: Rahul Mehta, Hisham Al-Shurafa, Aleem Bharwani, Aravind Ganesh
Organization: SnapDx
Mad Minute Presentation
3 Minute Business pitch with 3 Minutes for Questions

Competitor # 12
Respiratory Dose Delivery Device for Asthma Treatment – Design Project
Presented by: Dr. John Dennis
Authors: Stefan Dalberg, MET, B.Eng., SWETI, ARIS, SAIT Polytechnic; Dr. John Dennis, CEO, SolAeroMed Inc.
Organization: SolAeroMed Inc.; SAIT Polytechnic, Applied Research and Innovation Services (ARIS), Sports and Wellness Engineering Technology Institute (SWETI)
Mad Minute Presentation
3 Minute Business pitch with 3 Minutes for Questions

Competitor # 13
MEDi™: Human-Robot Interaction in Pediatric Health
Presented by: Setareh Aghel Manesh and Dr. Tanya Beran
Authors: Dr. Tanya Beran (Psychology), Dr. Ehud Sharlin (Computer Science), Setareh Aghel Manesh (Computer Science), Dr. Alex Ramirez-Serrano (Engineering), Dr. Susan Kuhn (Medicine), Dr. Chris Naugler (Medicine), Dr. Otto Vanderkooi (Medicine)
Organization: University of Calgary
Mad Minute Presentation
3 Minute Business pitch with 3 Minutes for Questions

Competitor # 14
Orpyx Medical Technologies
Presented by: Breanne Everett
Authors: Breanne Everett, MD, MBA
Organization: Orpyx Medical Technologies
Mad Minute Presentation
3 Minute Business pitch with 3 Minutes for Questions

 

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2015

First Place: Competitor #8 – Slate Scale
Second Place: Competitor #3 – Ammolite BioModels Inc
Third Place: Competitor #5 – Physio4D
Most Promising Idea Award – Competitor #6 – MedROAD
People’s Choice Award – Competitor #8 – Slate Scale

Jurors
Hisham Al-Shurafa, SnapDx
Gary Bantle, (formerly with) BDC
Fabrizio Chiacchia, President and CEO, Surface Medical Inc.
Jamie Day, PhD, Administrative Director, O’Brien Institute for Public Health, University of Calgary
Jason Ding, (fomerly with) TEC Edmonton
Dewey Noordhof, (formerly) Managing Partner, Brava Bistro

2015 Moderators
Peter Fenwick, Fenwick & Associates
Leah Sarich, City TV Calgary’s Health Specialist

2015 Keynote Speaker
Max Valiquette, Innovation and Trends Expert

2015 Competitors

Below is a list of the innovations that competed in the 2015 W21C Innovation Academy for three spots to compete in the 2016 Global Healthcare Innovation Academy, grants-in-aid of $10,000, $2,500 and $1000, in-kind services to enhance their innovation and business case, The Most Promising Idea Award and The People’s Choice Award.

These participants competed in the W21C Innovation Academy event on September 24, 2015 through the following activities:

1)      “Mad Minute” presentationone-minute creative presentation to market your poster for viewing. 

2)      Poster Presentation – availability for Q and A over a two-hour networking lunch.

3)      Business pitch competition in the style of Dragon’s Den™  – three-minute pitch plus three minutes for questions.

All activities were evaluated secretly by our prestigious Jury of the Academy.  Presentations were adjudicated based on originality, creativity, applicability, ease of duplication, sustainability and overall significance.

Competitor 1
MedBIKE – A Technological Solution for Poor Patient Participation in Cardiac Rehabilitation

Presented by: Peter Wood
Authors: Peter W Wood, Pierre Boulanger, Ga Young Kim, Stephanie Shaeffer, Kenton Hamaluik, Robert G Haennel, Raj S Padwal, Paolo Raggi
Organization: Department of Computing Science, University of Alberta; Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta
Mad Minute Presentation
3 Minute Business pitch with 3 Minutes for Questions

Competitor 2
An Innovative Patient-Centered Solution for the Non-urgent Emergency Patient Conundrum

Presented by: Geoff Schultz and Connie Burkart
Authors: Brooke H. Nowicki, Connie Burkart, Geoff Schultz, Lorraine Bucholtz, Pam Holberton, Erin Bugbee, Amanda Weiss, Elaine Skulsky, James Koh, Eddy Lang.
Organization: Alberta Health Services Primary Care, Calgary Zone
Mad Minute Presentation
3 Minute Business pitch with 3 Minutes for Questions

Competitor 3
Ammolite BioModels Inc: Providing feeling to the next generation of simulated bone model solutions for competency based surgical training
Presented by: Carolyn Anglin, PhD and Aubrey Blair-Pattison
Authors: Aubrey Blair-Pattison, Carolyn Anglin, Christine Jansen, Richard Hu, Chad Saunders
Organization: Ammolite BioModels Inc. – Innovate Calgary
Mad Minute Presentation
3 Minute Business pitch with 3 Minutes for Questions

Competitor 4
Echocardiography Image Fusion with Respiratory Gating
Presented by: Kumar Punithakumar
Authors: Kumaradevan Punithakumar, Abhilash Hareendranathan, Alexander McNulty, Marina Biamonte, Allen He, Michelle Noga, Pierre Boulanger, Harald Becher
Organization: Servier Virtual Cardiac Centre, Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute
Mad Minute Presentation
3 Minute Business pitch with 3 Minutes for Questions

Competitor 5
Physio4D: An Interactive Mobile Technology for Guidance of Physical Therapy Exercises at Home

Presented by: Dr. Javad Sadeghi
Authors: Javad Sadeghi and Ella Moghaddam
Organization: Physio4D
Mad Minute Presentation
3 Minute Business pitch with 3 Minutes for Questions

Competitor 6
MedROAD – Enhancing Primary Care Using a Cloud Based Point-Of-Care Diagnostic System
Presented by: Pierre Boulanger
Authors: Peter W Wood, Ga Young Kim, Stephanie Shaeffer, Devon Sigurdson, Raj S Padwal, Pierre Boulanger
Organization: Department of Computing Science, University of Alberta; Department of Medicine, University of Alberta
Mad Minute Presentation
3 Minute Business pitch with 3 Minutes for Questions

Competitor 7
Automated Classification of Acetabular Shape in Ultrasound for Diagnosis of DDH: Automatic Alpha Angle and the Rounding Index 

Presented by: Dr. Abhilash Rakkunedeth Hareendranathan
Authors: Abhilash Rakkunedeth Hareendranathan, Myles Mabee, Kumaradevan Punithakumar, Michelle Noga, Jacob L. Jaremko
Organization: Department of Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging, University of Alberta Hospital
Mad Minute Presentation
3 Minute Business pitch with 3 Minutes for Questions

Competitor 8
The Weight of a Nation

Presented by: Rana Varma & Teddy Seyed
Authors: Teddy Seyed & Rana Varma
Organization: Slate Scale
Mad Minute Presentation
3 Minute Business pitch with 3 Minutes for Questions

Competitor 9
Automated Analysis of Cardiac Right Ventricular Function

Presented by: Kumar Punithakumar
Authors: Kumaradevan Punithakumar, Michelle Noga, Pierre Boulanger
Organization: Servier Virtual Cardiac Centre, Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute
Mad Minute Presentation
3 Minute Business pitch with 3 Minutes for Questions

Competitor 10
Cognitive Grocery Game 

Presented by: Gwen Dziwenko, Quentin Ranson, Michael Cimolini and Su-Li Dang
Authors: Michael Cimolini, Gwen Dziwenko, Quentin Ranson, Gary Faulkner, Doug Hill, Jim Raso
Organization: Alberta Health Services Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital
Mad Minute Presentation
3 Minute Business pitch with 3 Minutes for Questions

Competitor 11
ExerStories: Make Exercise Meaningful

Presented by: Melissa DeSmet
Authors: Melissa De Smet
Organization: Homebody Health Inc.
Mad Minute Presentation
3 Minute Business pitch with 3 Minutes for Questions

Competitor 12 – WITHDRAWN FROM THE COMPETITION
MedROAD HTN – Enhancing Blood Pressure Control Through an Optimized Home Monitoring System

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2015

First Place, Commercial Innovation: Rhinoclear Nasal Care Solution
Second Place, Commercial Innovation: Videolaryngoscope
Most Promising, Commercial Innovation: Re-able
Winner, Social Innovation: Medical Service Trip
People’s Choice: Re-able

2017 Moderator
Dr. Derek Hassay, Assistant Professor, and RBC Professor in Entrepreneurial Thinking, Haskayne School of Business

2017 Keynote Speaker
Aaryn Flynn, former general manager of BioWare

2017 Mini Talk Speakers
Adam Crutchfield, PwC
Dr. James (Jay) Cross, UCalgary
Alice Reimer, Creative Destruction Lab & A100

2017 Competitors
Below is a list of the commercial and social innovations that competed in the 2017 W21C Innovation Academy for three spots at the 2018 Global Healthcare Innovation Academy in Hong Kong, grants-in-aid of for the top two commercial innovations $10,000, $5,000 and top social innovation $5000, in-kind services to enhance their innovation and business case, The Most Promising Idea Award and The People’s Choice Award.

 

These participants competed in the W21C Innovation Academy event on November 1, 2017 through the following activities:

1)      “Mad Minute” scientific video presentation – one-minute creative presentation to explain the scientific aspects of their innovation. 

2)      Scientific Poster Presentation – Engage in Q and A during juror adjudication rounds

3)      Business pitch competition in the style of Dragon’s Den™  – three-minute pitch plus three minutes for questions from the jury.

All activities were evaluated by the Jury of the Academy.

2017 INNOVATION ACADEMY COMPETITORS

Commercial Innovation Stream

Competitor 1
Rhinoclear Nasal Care Solution

Presenter & Author: Brad Mechor, MD FRCSC
Organization: Rhinoclear Nasal Care Solution Inc

Competitor 2
Dig deep, care deeper – Mobile-based monitoring and self-care for chronic diseases
Presenters: Aravind Ganesh, MD & Malavika Varma, MD
Authors: Aravind Ganesh, Harry Ponniah, Anojan Arulananthan
Organization: Advanced Health Analytics

Competitor 3
A Novel Multifunctional Videolaryngoscope with Monitor Stabilization.
Presenter & Author: Ian Schoonbaert, BEng MD CCFP

Competitor 4
Enabling Primary Care Best Practice and Innovative Patient Engagement Through Automated On Demand Care Plans

Presenter & Author:  Jacques Branch, MD
Organization: Coalese Health Systems Incorporated

Competitor 5
Kinetisense – Markerless Motion Capture System
Presenter: David Schnare
Author: Cam Robinson
Organization: Kinetisense

Competitor 6
Rapid disposable capnometer

Presenter & Author: Mohsen Janmaleki
Organization: Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program, University of Calgary

Competitor 7
Re-able: A new approach to stroke rehabilitation using wearable technology

Presenters and Authors: Riley Booth & Jacob George
Organization: Re-able

Competitor 8 – WITHDRAWN
Home Automation Network Assistant (HANA™)

Presenter: Lora Kushner
Authors: Norima Innovations Team
Organization: Norima Consulting Inc.

Social Innovation Stream

Competitor 1
FOCUS (Fostering Open Conversations that Unleash Solutions) Initiative

Presenter & Author: Benjamin Higgins
Organization: Health Quality Council of Alberta

Competitor 2
A mobile electronic medical records (EMR) app for short-term international medical volunteers

Presenter: Christopher Dainton, MD
Authors: Christopher Dainton, Charlene Chu
Organization: Medical Service Trip

Competitor 3
The HQCA’s Primary Care Patient Experience Survey
Presenter & Author: Roland Simon
Organization: Health Quality Council of Alberta

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