We need education that focus on problem solving and innovation

In order for our global society to develop solutions to pressing problems in an increasingly technology-driven and constantly changing world, we need to re-train our workforce to do what machines can’t: to be enterprising, independent and strategic thinkers—to be purposeful creators.

These starts with changing the way students, especially the youngest ones, learn. And learning in the future has a lot to do with play.

Learning through play with “hands-on, minds-on” approaches is a powerful way forward. Play gives children space to dream, discover, improvise, and challenge convention. It’s crucial to social, emotional, cognitive and even physical development, helping them grow up “better adjusted, smarter and less stressed.”

However, today’s youngsters have a deficit of play. Where did play go? And can we get it back?

This was one of the topics of the LEGO Idea Conference that took place last April in Denmark. Hosted by the LEGO Foundation, the conference aimed at creating and being a part of “conversations and networks around re-defining play and re-imagining learning.” Speakers included leading voices in education, learning, and child development such as Tony Wagner. He talked about the importance of disciplined play in an innovation economy. The important message of his keynote was: “The capacity of being a creative problem solver is within the human being”. We, at Moebio, agree with Wagner’s words and our goal at Design Health Barcelona, our flagship program, is to create future leaders in healthcare innovation by guiding talented people beyond their boundaries, bringing their creativity and entrepreneurial mind out and providing them new knowledge and skills to succeed.

You can watch Wagner’s inspiring TED-style keynote in the following video. ¡Enjoy!

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Greatest medical devices of all time… since now

The hard-working health care professionals we have today get a lot of help from amazing medical devices. The doctors, nurses and others from more than a century ago — and especially those from more than two centuries ago — would be amazed at the things that we can do in health care today. No matter your health care specialty, you have probably benefited from medical innovations.

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Recently Qmed surveyed its audience about their thoughts on what are the most important medical devices ever developed. At the top it was the hypodermic syringe. Along with the myriad of substances for which they are the prime, if not the only, delivery vehicle, have probably been responsible for saving more lives and alleviating more suffering than any other piece of medical technology. Completed the list the pacemaker, the eyeglasses, the X-ray machine, the MRI, the stethoscope, the band-aid, the catheter, the CT Scanner, the cochlear implant, the intraocular lenses and the heart valves.

Innovation within the medical device industry had led to tremendous advances in the provision of care for patients worldwide. But it is a process that needs to continue.

Our mission in Design Health Barcelona (d·HEALTH Barcelona) program is to train the next generation of healthcare innovators, the ones that will invent and implement the new biomedical products, through the biodesign process, a systematic approach based on unmet needs finding to later increase our ability to diagnose and treat conditions.

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d·HEALTH Barcelona 2013-2014 fellows

We are currently seeking the fellows for d·HEALTH Barcelona 2014-2015. Worldwide youngsters with interest in the development of medical technologies and with advanced degrees in engineering, design, business or life sciences are encouraged to apply before May 11, 2014.

We offer the fellows a once-in-a-life-time experience, first hand access to real-world experts from the medical technology, legal and venture capital sectors worldwide and a fun learning/working environment while they join an emerging field.

d·HEALTH Barcelona 2013-2014 fellows are currently prototyping their innovations. Will one of them join, in the future, the list of greatest medical devices ever? Or will be yours, future fellow reading this post? Only time will tell. Meantime, if you want to get more info about the application process or, even better, apply and become a member of our red polo shirts team, click here.

The Global Health Innovation Guidebook

If you are interested in developing products or services to address global health needs, congratulations! A great adventure awaits you. Most people who commit themselves to a path in global health find the work inspiring and rewarding, especially when they help bring about real, lasting impact. However, they also report that their quest can be frustrating and all-consuming, with no guarantee of a successful passage.

Last week, Stanford University published, online and free, the Global Health Innovation Guidebook, a bright, easy-to-read and substantive guide for students working on health problems. It includes insights and lessons to help innovators succeed on their journey from an idea to the implementation of a health solution.

You can download this must read book for anyone pursuing the process of entrepreneurship in healthcare just clicking on the file below.

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Barcelona, first European iCapital

Last March 11, during the 2014 Innovation Convention, organized by the European Commission, Barcelona was named the first European Capital of Innovation. The Catalan capital has prevailed over finalists Grenoble and Groningen in a contest that also involved Paris, Espoo and Málaga. The winning project highlights the predominant role of the city in promoting new technologies and bringing together government bodies and citizens, in order to enhance sustainable economic growth and improve the people’s welfare. The award, endowed with € 500,000, will be used to expand and scale Barcelona’s efforts in innovation.

There is no doubt Barcelona has a lot to offer to its people and visitors: it is a great city to work in, to live and to enjoy and discover the beauty of life. The city is continuously reinventing itself and this creates and attracts talent. Outside, the Barcelona brand it is very positive as well.

However, the city it is suffering from the economic downturn and unemployment rates associated with Spain. How do local experts value the innovative capacity of Barcelona? Does the city deserve de award? Is Barcelona ready to become a world-leading region in innovation such as Silicon Valley? What it lacks?

Barcinno, an online platform to share the stories, knowledge & events of Barcelona’s startup and tech communities, made a round among different change makers, influencers and innovation practitioners to hear their story. They are Catalans, Spaniards and Internationals working at different sectors divided across three pillars: knowledge, government and industry. Jorge Juan Férnandez, Head of Academics at Moebio was among the experts interviewed.

The publication resumes the four big needs addressed by experts that Barcelona should solve to become an innovation hub and highlights the strengths of some of its clusters to create new opportunities for innovation. The report is divided in two parts. The first one is accessible here. The second one, here.

Findings needs to improve healthcare

There’s a quiet revolution going on in the field of medical device innovation across the world led by people who are creating affordable and elegantly designed devices that add value to existing medical processes and make them simpler, cheaper and more accessible.

To create those products, these change-makers first have to identify unmet medical needs within a clinical setting and then develop new business opportunities.

The 2013-2014 d·HEALTH fellow teams have ended their clinical immersion experience in neonatology, neuro-rehabilitation and arrhythmias. During two months of intensive observation on medical procedures and routines, each team has compiled a list of over 300 needs and currently they are in the process of narrowing these large lists down into the top needs to take forward into brainstorming and invention.

This video resumes how was their clinical immersion experience at three top hospitals in Barcelona.

Neonatology Team includes: Arnau Valls, Marc Rabaza, Susan Feitoza and Mattia Bosio

Neuro-rehabilitation Team includes: Markus Wilhelms, Immaculada Herrero, Àngel Calzada and Marc Benet

Arrhythmias Team includes: Lalis Fontcuberta, Mateu Pla, Roger Benet and Alfred Ramírez

A collection of worth watching videos

This week we have found quite a few fascinating videos on the Internet.

First, the World Economic Forum has made public a collection of videos summarizing the lectures that took place this year at Davos. They examine ideas such as self monitoring with digital health, how can robotics and assistive technology help us to live well in later life or how can we improve the access and affordability of simple medical devices for people living in rural areas on less than four dollars a day. But also how big data is redesigning how we learn, how to empower new talent and breakthroughs in different scientific fields.

The video below is about product innovation for emerging markets but you can access the complete collection here. It is, definitely worth watching!

It is also highly recommend to visit the Center for Integration of Medicine & Innovative Tecnology (CIMIT)’s video gallery. There you will also find amazing videos about innovations in healthcare, including the next technology wave in the sector as well as reorganization of healthcare delivery and how to detect unmet needs to later develop new solutions. We have highlighted one about the importance of routine simulation in modern healthcare but all of them are available here.

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An intense start: the lives of the fellows during the bootcamp

Last September, Design Health Barcelona fellows started their journey in healthcare entrepreneurship with a trip by bus to Collbató, a small town next to Montserrat, one of the most famous and beautiful natural landscapes in Catalunya. There, the 12 fellows lived for a week, knowing each other, sharing breakfast, lunch, dinner, leisure time, the first lessons and, above all, future dreams and ambitions.

That week marked the beginning of the bootcamp stage, a four weeks long stage in which fellows attended over 150 hours of lectures on fields essential to develop medical technology.

The video below summarizes the experiences of our fellows during their first month as future innovators in just five minutes! It is beautiful! Enjoy it!

7 very useful videos for every entrepreneur

In 2013 the Lean Startup movement has continued growing and created a very visible community interested in using its principles. In the conference held in San Francisco December 9-11 about the Lean methodology, some of its best practitioners spoke about emerging strategies that maturing companies have tested to keep innovation at the core of their businesses, unexpected challenges faced by entrepreneurs implementing Lean Startup practices around the world and the particular opportunities for Lean Impact among non-profit and mission-driven organizations. Here are 7 video-highlights collected by The Fetch Blog of the conference and very useful for every entrepreneur.

Learning to be an organization that pivots (by @keyajay)

Frame Before You Build, Measure, Learn (by @zachnies)

Using Kickstarter to Run an MVP (by @VelezAlejandro)

The Medium Is the Message (by @pv)

Risk, Information, Time and Money (by @danmil)

Acquiring Your First Users Out of Thin Air (by @kmin)

Evidence-based Entrepreneurship (by @sgblank)

Top DIY Medical Devices

Nowadays, biomedical engineering has become a profession in itself. But some of the earliest and most groundbreaking innovations were made by do it yourselfers such as Medtronic co-founder Earl Bakken, an electrical engineer who created the first battery-operated pacemaker in 1957, or Thomas Fogarty, MD, the vascular surgeon who developed the first embolectomy catheter in the 1960s. Their passion and desire to impact, for better,people’s lives overcame their lack of formal engineering training. The do-it-yourself tradition actually lives onn. Read on to find out more about the medical device field’s do it yourself tradition, both past and present.

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What is the future of business?

It is the question everyone is asking

What is the future of business?

Today’s leading companies are already becoming obsolete. Only 71 companies remain today from the original 1955 Fortune 500 list. Six of ten biggest corporate bankruptcies in history have occurred since 2008.

According to Brian Solis, a digital analyst studying technology and its impact on business, we are currently living a digital Darwinism, a time when technology and society are evolving faster than the ability of many organizations to adapt. It is this reason, along with a myriad of other problems that, in fact, killed companies such as Blockbuster and Kodak. Digital Darwinism has already cost the planet close to a half billion jobs and it is accelerating. The chilling effects of digital Darwinism and the rapidly evolving consumer landscape is told in the infographic below.

The tsunami of social, mobile, real-time, technology is disrupting everything and customers are evolving into something new. They’re more connected, empowered and demanding.

Surviving to digital Darwinism has become a matter of life and death for both big and small companies. To innovate at a pace that allows them to survive organizations need to develop innovative products and distribution channels and rely on people and experiences.

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Credit: Brian Solis