Inspiring the next generation of healthcare entrepreneurs through our Next Big Thing Challenge

Apr 26, 2018

We’re proud to continue to inspire the next generation of healthcare entrepreneurs through our Next Big Thing Challenge. Organised by Siemens Healthineers, alongside education charity SATRO, the annual Challenge gives teams of pupils from schools across Surrey and Berkshire the chance to present innovative solutions which address some of the biggest issues facing the healthcare industry.

The aspiring entrepreneurs then work under the guidance of Siemens Healthineers mentors to develop solutions to a variety of high level challenges faced in the healthcare environment. Such issues include: the use of virtual reality and artificial intelligence within the NHS; utilising wearable technology in healthcare; and improving response times in densely populated disaster zones. And from a practical point of view, the teams are tasked with producing a prototype or propose a new service that would demonstrate how their solution would work in real-life scenarios, which is presented to a panel of expert judges.

The aim of the Challenge is to inspire Key Stage 4 (14-16 years old) students to explore the world of engineering and technology and promotes the opportunities within Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers.

Peter Harrison, Managing Director of Siemens Healthineers, said: “We are proud to have a long history of developing innovative technology, but to keep this momentum, we need to enthuse the next generation to explore their career options in STEM industries. The Next Big Thing Challenge is an effective method to show young people the link between these subjects and their real-life applications.

“I am pleased to say that the standard of the projects is getting higher with every year.”

As a key player in the healthcare industry, Siemens Healthineers works to expand precision medicine, transform care delivery, improve patient experience, and digitalise healthcare. The global corporation steadily invests in research and development in pursuit of the next generation of technologies and actively supports activities and projects which enthuse young people about STEM career options.

To run the annual Next Big Thing Challenge, Siemens Healthineers works with Surrey-based educational charity and social enterprise SATRO. The charity provides real-life experiences of all aspects of the working world to young people and, in conjunction with Siemens Healthineers, aims to fuel their passion for their future careers.

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