Innovation: 1776 Challenge Festival

Big companies have a difficult time keeping up with the future—much less creating and inventing it.

 

In our effort to positively affect the lives of three billion people a year by 2025, we understand that we must move quickly and harness an entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit to reach our goal. That’s why we’re partnering with 1776 – a Washington, D.C. based incubator and seed fund that supports promising startup stackling important challenges in the highly-regulated industries of education, health, energy and smart cities. Together, we are breaking down silos to enable the best, most innovative ideas to be realized.

 

How do we overcome the status quo?

 

 

What it means to put technology to work for citizens in your city in 2015

 

Global urbanization is happening at an unprecedented rate. More than half of the world’s population currently lives in cities – a trend that is expected to reach 70 percent by 2050 according to the World Urbanization Prospects 2014 report. At the same time, demand for energy and natural resources is also sharply increasing, and competition for business is driving urban areas to further differentiate and attract talent.

 

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Moving forward with interoperability: How patients will drive change

 

What does interoperability mean in 2015? To many in the healthtech community, it’s a tired phrase – an aspiration we’ve been working toward for more than a decade that deserves attention, yes, but excessive hype, no. While we have long been an active participants in groups of providers, industry professionals, patients and government influencers driving steady advancements in interoperability, this past year’s HIMSS conference demonstrated that the journey to a connected, integrated healthcare experience is moving faster now than ever before.

 

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1776 Challenge Festival. Photo credit: 1776 / Daniel Swartz.

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