Penn Healthcare Innovation Challenge:

Smart Design facilitates Penn Healthcare Innovation Challenge


The Penn Healthcare Innovation Challenge is a three-week event hosted by the Wharton Innovation & Design Club that provides students an immersive opportunity for learning the fundamentals of innovation.

For this year’s challenge, the students will be tackling one of the most pressing issues in the American healthcare system: the patient surgery experience. Graduate students from various disciplines (Engineering, Medicine, Business, Nursing, Design, Computer Science) across Penn’s campus will come together to learn design-thinking methods and improve the experience of patients preparing for joint replacement surgery at Penn Musculoskeletal Center, a University of Pennsylvania Health System subsidiary.

Gordon, along with members of the Smart Design team, will lead a number of highly interactive workshops exposing students to the various stages of innovation with a focus on the healthcare context. Sessions will cover:

  • Need-Finding: Uncover latent patient needs and synthesize observations
  • Ideation: Brainstorm novel ways of solving patient problems
  • Prototyping: Experiment with ideas and bring them to life using prototyping tools and techniques
  • Storytelling: Pitch the core problem identified and the team’s solution

For more information on this initiative, please visit Wharton’s Innovation and Design Club site.

Mar 2016