Sandoz Healthcare, a Novartis division, recently announced that the six finalists of the Sandoz HACk presented their ideals to a panel of judges at WIRE Health in London.
The company noted in its press release that, prior to the judging session, it brought together “finalists, as well as a wide range of experts in digital health, technology, healthcare and access, for a pre-event designed to both kick-start a community of people committed to making these small ideas a reality and prepare the finalists for their final pitch.”
Sandoz stated that the HACk, which stands for Healthcare Access Challenge, focused on young creative thinkers between the ages of 18 and 35 re-imagining healthcare access. This year, Sandoz asked participants to use mobile technology to better connect people with the health care industry. The company received 150 ideas from more than 30 countries and narrowed it down to six finalists.
“To ensure that the finalists were all equally well positioned for success, we gave them the opportunity to refine their ideas with feedback from OpenIDEO, a global community of creative thinkers, technologists and others interested in helping social entrepreneurs,” Sandoz wrote in a press release.
Winners of the contest will receive $22,565.10 and mentorship to follow through on their ideas.