August 19-21, 2016
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA
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In our effort to drive innovative solutions used in the fight against Zika, we have established Innovate Against Zika, a three-day intensive innovation event based upon the college of engineering’s U-Invent program.
Innovate Against Zika brings together intrepid individuals from all disciplines and professional groups to help speed the development and implementation of low-cost, sustainable solutions that have not been considered to date.
For three days, teams will work together to create solutions for one of three tracks:
- Vector (mosquito) control
- Immune Households
- Community Resiliency and Sustainability
Participants self-form into teams and select the track that most interests them. The Innovate Against Zika team provides access to resources, including rapid prototyping and support, so teams can convert their ideas into prototypes in one weekend.
The end goal is to help protect the estimated 64 million pregnancies that are at risk every year until an affordable, safe, effective Zika vaccine can be developed. At the end of the weekend, teams will present their solutions, prototypes and implementation strategies to compete for a place in the top-performing teams.
We invite faculty and staff passionate about fighting Zika to join us at the event. If you are interested but unable to participate, please send your input on potentially enabling technologies, sensors and open-source solutions that could help our efforts and have a greater impact on our students.
Learn about the success of our Aggies Invent and multi university [U] Invent programs.
Innovate Against Zika will take place the afternoon of Friday August 19 through Sunday, August 21 at the Texas A&M University’s Engineering Innovation Center, an open space where participants will have access to state-of-the-art tools, equipment, material and support staff to develop their prototypes. To take advantage of this great resource, the event format has been modified so that participating teams will present their prototypes as well as solutions and implementation strategies during the weekend.
Although the top-performing teams will be awarded cash prizes, we encourage all teams to pursue their solutions and explore commercialization. Promising solutions should take into consideration community and cultural aspects of technology deployment in Zika-burdened communities.