The Health Innovation Consortium (HIC) and the VCU da Vinci Center for Innovation have partnered to create a series of health care sprints. The groups had planned to launch a general sprint for Spring 2020 and have pivoted the focus to be on current challenges and opportunities. Driven by the ambiguity and uncertainty we face during this time, we choose to be actionable and invite all VCU students to join this sprint to explore solutions related to COVID-19 through health care and innovation.
While we will be seeding the group with problem statements from the Health Innovation Consortium, we will be encouraging students to think creatively from their own perspective about how we might offer solutions to problems they are personally and collectively facing in their day-to-day. We believe that there are many great ideas that may be percolating in the minds of our student population around the current situation and we are eager to see what might surface. At the da Vinci Center, we find ideation begins most fruitfully from open questions formed in the structure of “how might we” do X, and we will be teaching this methodology, as well as inviting students to formulate their own framing questions in this format.
This will not be a sprint with a strong commercial or full productization focus. We will focus on learning in the health care space, the process of the sprint development and the opportunity to catalyze solutions that may go beyond this period and enter into the Health Innovation Consortium backlog for further development.
Participation is open to all students across VCU: undergraduate and graduate students.
Every year the da Vinci Center hosts VCU Demo Day to highlight student ventures and award prize money. This year VCU Pre-X and VCU Healthcare Innovation Sprint came together to compete for 2 top prizes of $5k and 2 People’s Choice Awards for $500. Eight teams from VCU Pre-X participated in a semester-long program to identify, support, and launch high growth and high potential startups and founders. And eight teams joined a 2-week Healthcare Innovation Sprint to explore solutions related to COVID-19 through health care and innovation.