Past Competitions

On November 12, 2013 and September 24, 2015, 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

2013 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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