What is the Global Surgical Training Challenge?
The Intuitive Foundation, in partnership with Nesta Challenges and MIT Solve, have launched the Global Surgical Training Challenge to stimulate the creation of novel, low-cost surgical training modules. These open-source modules will help surgical practitioners to learn and assess new skills to improve the health of their communities.
The Challenge aims to create a paradigm shift in how surgical practitioners learn and assess surgical techniques. The validated modules will be free to download and inexpensive to reproduce in a variety of global settings.
Why we need the Global Surgical Training Challenge
Challenge timeline (click and scroll to the right)
15 July 2020
MIT Solve will host a series of Solveathon® workshops – virtual, high-energy workshops designed to build teams and strengthen their applications for the Global Surgical Training Challenge.
Applications close for Discovery Awards
Winners will be announced in December 2020
Discovery award winners will be invited to pitch their prototype to the judging panel
Applications close for Finalist Awards
Winners will be announced in December 2021
External validation of Finalist Awards
Applications close for Grand Prize
Winners will be announced in December 2022
Who can enter?
Creating novel surgical training modules can only be achieved by multidisciplinary teams with experience in resource-constrained settings. We are looking for educators, clinicians, technology developers and creatives to collaborate and work together for innovative solutions We are looking for specialists in the following disciplines who have experience or familiarity with resource-constrained settings:
- Surgical education specialists
- Engineers, software developers
- Artists, medical illustrators, designers
We anticipate many of you wishing to apply will already be working in such multidisciplinary teams. However, if you are an individual from an related field, we will work with you to place you in a team suitable to take on the Challenge.