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ASCP Launches First Global Health Ideation Challenge

Apr 16, 2018

ASCP strives to support quality patient care through rapid, accurate, high quality test results for every test, every time, anywhere in the world. The ASCP Center for Global Health (CGH) is focused on finding solutions to pathology and laboratory medicine challenges around the world. In this spirit of creativity, the ASCP Center for Global Health launched the ASCP Global Health Ideation Challenge 2018 on April 16.

Through this ideation challenge, ASCP members, pathologists, laboratory professionals, students, patients or the general public have the opportunity submit problems, challenges or questions and solutions to potentially win a cash prize! 

The focus of the 2018 challenge is solving global health challenges through leapfrogging, or using new technologies or approaches to circumvent traditional approaches and avoid incremental steps. Check out this infographic to learn more about leapfrogging.

The ASCP Global Health Ideation Challenge 2018 is comprised of two rounds. In Round 1, participants submit global health problems, challenges or questions that need to be addressed. In Round 2, participants offer solutions to top problems, challenges or questions from Round 1.

The Round 1 challenge specifically asks participants to submit problems, challenges or questions that they think need to be addressed to make ASCP’s Partners for Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment in Africa initiative or similar programs focused on laboratory and diagnostic access in Africa successful. Participants should consider what needs to be leapfrogged to achieve the goals of these programs.

Visit the ideation challenge website for full details and to submit your idea for Round 1 in 250 words or less by April 30, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. CT. Entrants whose problems, challenges or questions are selected will be awarded an initial prize of up to $100.

Then, watch the ideation challenge website starting May 7 for Round 2, in which participants have the opportunity to offer solutions to selected problems, challenges or questions from Round 1 for the chance to win up to $5,000!

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