Crowdsourcing Health Technology

CNSI-LogoAt CNSI, we’re hard at work researching and developing the most innovative solutions to this country’s health care delivery systems. We think we do a pretty good job of it, but in the pursuit of greater public health for all Americans, we recognize there is limitless room for contribution.

That’s why we love the 2015 Multi-city Innovation Campaign, operated by the National League of Cities. The burgeoning movement – which started in Boston, Nashville, Palo Alto and Raleigh, but has since spread to 21 more cities – asks the public to pitch their technological solutions to any number of public health issues their home city is facing.

Up to four winning ideas will be selected, each winning a $20,000 prize. From there, cities are able to choose from the ideas to distribute grants that will allow the winning teams to implement the solutions in the real world. The entrants can be teams, individuals or a recent start-up looking to gain a foothold in the industry.

“As the leading voice of cities, we’re thrilled to be able to use our resources to grow this campaign and help our cities develop game-changing tools to address their greatest challenges such as health, public safety and economic development,” National League of Cities CEO Clarence Anthony said in a statement. “It is important for cities to develop sustainable, technology-driven solutions that address the unique challenges that our local communities face.”

The idea has caught on quickly with city governments, who have the opportunity to simultaneously address issues of public health and become a hotbed of technological innovation by fostering innovative entrepreneurs.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke discussed his reasons for supporting the campaign in a recent interview. “Chattanooga is full of innovative ideas—and the people to help see those ideas become reality,” he said. ““This nationwide innovation campaign … reinforces Chattanooga’s position as a leader in the innovation economy.”

If you think you have something to contribute but haven’t started yet, it’s probably too late for this year – the deadline is Friday, April 10. But, make sure you keep an eye on this health innovation movement. As technology’s role in public health gains more and more attention, there is sure to opportunities abound. As for this year’s entries, we’re excited to see what everyone has come up with.

To learn more about the 2015 Multi-city Innovation campaign, click here. In the meantime, let us know if you have an idea for a technological solution to public issue by joining the conversation on Twitter.

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