Imagine looking out at a barren Martian landscape that hasn’t seen a drop of water in millions of years and where the only human life within a billion miles is your three crewmates.
Getting there takes over six months and you have to carry all of your supplies at a launch cost of close to 100k per pound… now imagine one of your crewmates dropping inexplicably to the ground. Would you know how to respond? Would you have the medical resources to handle the situation?
amazing-astronaut-in-moon-wallpaper-1280x1024The Space Health Innovation Challenge is a weekend “hackathon” to exchange ideas and collaborate with experts to answer these specific questions and enable human exploration. It is an event combining a variety of different disciplines to identify technology and techniques to prevent unanticipated medical scenarios in a resource poor environment.
We invite innovative individuals with diverse skillsets at a variety of technology readiness levels that address these
concerns and minimize power, volume, mass, and complexity to join us for this innovative and exciting event!
The Johnson Space Center (JSC) is providing challenges to Enventure, Health 2.0 Houston and other partner innovation groups for the Space Health Innovation Challenge event to be held at BioScience Research Collaborative at Rice University on February 6-9th. This is an opportunity for the national health innovation community to join with local Houston innovation groups to provide new perspectives on problems faced by JSC that will keep astronauts healthy while living in space or traveling in NASA’s Orion spacecraft during deep space missions.
The event will feature remarks from Dr. Jeffrey R. Davis, MD, Director, Human Health and Performance Directorate, NASA Johnson Space Center and health technology challenges from JSC. The Houston Technology Center (HTC), the Houston Area Translational Research Consortium (HATRC), Enventure, and Health 2.0 Houston (H20H) are among the partner organizations promoting the event.
“Health 2.0 has always focused on advancing the frontier of technology in health.” says Indu Subayia, Health 2.0 Co-founder. “Networking the national resources of Health 2.0 together with the local innovation community in Houston around space health is an obvious extension of our mission.” Challenges and awards for the JSC Space Health Innovation Challenge: Mission to Mars fall into three categories. Winners in each category will advance to “Office Hours” with JSC staff and vendors to discuss how to advance their innovations after the event has concluded.
“Projects are organized into the following categories: data visualization, predictive analysis, and devices. Each track calls for a diverse set of expertise and has direct applications to improving modern medicine and healthcare,” says Amy Hurwitz, Event Chair and Co-founder of Enventure, Houston’s community for medical entrepreneurs. “Regardless of your career background or experience, there will be projects to pique your interest and meaningful opportunities for learning and contributing to challenges.”
“Our Health 2.0 Houston chapter launched in January 2013, but even before that launch, Fred Trotter (a popular Health 2.0 speaker and author) and I met with staff at JSC to talk about collaboration and innovation,” says Brian Lang, JSC Space Health Innovation Challenge Founder and H20H Co-chapter Head. “This is a unique expression of collaboration that our local community can offer the national innovation community.”