New ideas, solutions and collaborations at The Stanmore Sandpit Event 2017
The Stanmore Sandpit Event took place on Friday 16th June 2017 and was organised jointly between RNOH Research & Innovation Centre (RIC) and the UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering’s flagship programme “Moving Forward: From Brain to Muscle and Beyond”
The event bought together clinicians, scientists, patients and engineers to address an identified clinical need around mobility issues and develop a project that would provide an adequate solution to this need. The overall vision was to create a collaborative environment and develop ideas that would transform patient care through innovation. Their stated aim was: “Together we develop technology that touches lives and delivers therapy in the right dose, and in the right places and the right time”.
The structure of the day involved three clinical problems that were presented by a clinical lead and in one instance by a patient impacted by the condition. Three groups then came together to work towards a proposed solution through plenty of brainstorming and energetic debates. The final proposed solutions were presented to be marked by a judging panel, who then selected a winner.
The winning team is pictured here alongside the judging panel, from left: Professor Sebastien Ourselin, Mr Brian Carling, Miss Deborah Eastwood, Professor Vivek Mudera, Dr Steve Taylor, Dr Kofi Agyare, Dr Dafne Ramirez, Mr Irving Kaplan, Dr Alireza Rastegarpanah, Mr Rob Hurd, Dr Fjodors Tjulkins, Dr Rui Loureiro.
Moving forward, the winning project and its team will receive up to £20,000 funding through the RNOH Charity and further funds through a “Make it Possible” crowd funding campaign. The team will be supported to ensure the winning idea is transformed into a real product with real benefits to patients everywhere.
Beyond the winning project itself, this event bought together many new people and served as a starting point for other joint ideas, solutions and future innovations. The remaining teams will also be supported to help them secure funding to develop their own projects. This collaborative atmosphere will be continued at the next Sandpit event Eyes for Life Sandpit on Thursday 6th July 2017.