A group of BIST MMRES students – Meritxell Novillo, Júlia Alcàcer, Maria Quintana, Marta Perxés, and Bernat Molero – have won second place for their proposal to combat addiction to social media and online gaming in the 2020 Innovations Days, an EIT Health event organised by StartUB!.
Innovation Days (i-Days) is an EIT Health initiative hosted and organised by the University of Barcelona. It brings university students together to learn about health innovation tools and to compete in multidisciplinary teams to propose solutions to real challenges in the field of health innovation.
This year, a group of students enrolled in the BIST Master of Multidisciplinary Research in Experimental Sciences (BIST MMRES) competed in one of three challenge categories: to find a solution to social media and online gaming addiction. They proposed a device called Oasis, which records the amount of time a phone is inactive and gives the user rewards whenever the length of inactivity increases. Their proposal received the highest scores in their challenge category and second place in the competition overall, out of more than 20 teams and came with a 200 euro prize, plus access to the Busines Model Lab course from StartUB! and tickets to The Ancient Thermal Bath Spa in Barcelona.
More than 130 students and 24 international facilitators from all areas of research took part in this year’s edition, which included design thinking training, pitch coaching, citizen engagement, and industry involvement in addition to the challenge competition. EIT Health, of which BIST is a core partner, began this initiative to get university students involved in healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship. It runs in cities all over Europe every year.
Congratulations BIST MMRES team!