In December at the White House and again in his State of the Union Address, the President highlighted an innovative, cutting-edge solution to help fight Ebola—a re-imagined protective suit that is cooler, safer, and easier to remove. This innovation promises to help save lives and protect health care workers on the front lines of this and future epidemics.
The suit, along with other state-of-the-art innovations such as shipping containers repurposed as treatment units, sensors that monitor patient care, and a low-cost battery-powered infusion monitor, were generated from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Ebola Grand Challenge for Development, launched by the President last September. They represent a creative way of doing business—mobilizing the world’s inventers, entrepreneurs, and doers to speed the development of cutting-edge solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges – getting the right people to the table at the right time.
In April, the Office of Science and Technology Policy in collaboration with USAID will highlight the stories of individuals and organizations who have imagined and implemented critical solutions to fight the Ebola epidemic.
We need your help to identify innovators — individuals and organizations that have used their skills, grit, and leadership to help fight this epidemic through science, technology, and data. We are seeking the stories of: makers, technologists, developers, and innovators who have created new products, tools, or services; researchers who have advanced bold new insights; and individuals and organizations that have created unprecedented collaboration across disciplines, institutions, and countries.
Share the story of someone YOU know who has innovated to fight Ebola. Stories must be received by March 13, 2015, to be considered for inclusion in an upcoming event. In addition to describing the innovation and impact for each innovator, please also include information about any upcoming announcements or new steps that he or she has planned.
Claudia Williams is Senior Health and IT Advisor in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Kushal Seetharam is an intern in the Science Division of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.