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28 November 2016

Students Win International Case Challenge with Diagnosis App

Global Health Case Challenge

73 students from all the world, 24-hours and an international judging panel. Those were the terms at this year’s Global Health Case Challenge on 17-18 November. The winning team, including three students from SUND, presented an ambitious diagnosis app.

Last Thursday morning the Info Hall on Nørre Allé was buzzing with enthusiastic students and warm coffee, when the EIT Innovation Day Global Health Case Challenge presented this year’s case. After they had listened to the Dean of The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at UCPH Ulla Wewer speak among others, the students ripped open the case envelopes, teamed up and set to work. For the next 24 hours they worked hard to present the most innovative and viable cross-disciplinary solution to the WHO Europe case challenge: Find the answer to one of the world’s main health challenges – the fight against antibiotic resistance.

Mood video from the day and conversation with Team 4, which did not win, but nevertheless learned a lot from the event.

The 73 selected students came from 26 different countries and together represented 28 different study programmes at elite universities across Europe.

‘When you ask students from different fields of study and cultural backgrounds to work together, you get exponentially different perspectives on a problem. The ideas will be diverse, facilitating a completely different level of creative suggested solutions. At the same time, the aim of the School of Global Health is to strengthen the students’ job readiness and chances of networking across countries and fields of study, and here the case challenge format represents a unique opportunity’, Professor and Head of the Department of Global Health at The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at UCPH, Flemming Konradsen said before the case was presented.

The appointed jury consisting of six experts within antibiotic resistance and health innovation had to make the tough decision: Who would win this year’s case challenge and travel to Barcelona to pitch their idea and receive guidance from WHO Europe on how to proceed?

The Winning Team
A great number of empty coffee pots and energy drink cans was all that was left in the Info Hall on Friday afternoon. The teams moved to CSS at The Faculty of Social Sciences for the final decision. Here each team gave an oral presentation of their idea in front of the jury and the audience. After several intense presentation rounds and voting by the judges, Team 3 was called to the stage. 24 hours of hard work and the ability to sell their idea to an audience of 150 earned them the first place.

The happy winning team, who among other things won a trip to Barcelona. Photo: Justin Robert Lee

The team consisted of three medical students from The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences – Johan Bundgaard, Mark Khurana and Troels Rømer – student of International Business & Politics at the Copenhagen Business School Kasper Djernæs and student of Medicine and Technology at the Technical University of Copenhagen/University of Copenhagen Jakob Simonsen. The team presented the web app Acumulus, which is an A.I. computing service comparing symptoms with big data such as epidemiological data, infections and clinical data.

During the weekend, the team presented their idea in Barcelona and received guidance from experts from WHO Europe.