Indian team wins major prize in 2016 Global Business Challenge


QUT prize










From left-right: Kanika Bansal, Deepesh Gupta, Priyanka Bagai and Priya Jindal from the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore.

Brisbane, AUSTRALIA: A team from the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, India, has won $100,000 in cash and a further $100,000 in-kind from Queensland Health to support a pilot of their scheme to improve the health of people in remote communities.
The Eradicators solution to the 2016 Global Business Challenge proposes a ”˜Clinic-on-wheels’ – a mobile medical van equipped with facilities to conduct quality diagnostics and consultations in rural and urban areas, and especially in isolated communities where medical infrastructure is inadequately developed and/or areas where there is a dearth of skilled medical staff.

The services would focus on nutritional disorders to detect and help prevent the undesirable consequences of malnutrition and obesity. This integrated approach addresses the accessibility of healthcare to isolated community as well as caters to nutritional disorders.

The Global Business Challenge is run by Brisbane’s three universities, QUT, The University of Queensland and Griffith University, with support from the State Government and industry. Teams compete to design sustainable solutions to global problems.

This year’s  competition  tasked teams with developing innovative solutions to improve the effectiveness and cost of health care for isolated communities. Seven of the world’s top graduate schools and universities competed.

A QUT (Queensland University of Technology) team ”“ The Smart Toilet Company – was named overall winner of the Challenge and awarded $100,000.

The Smart Toilet Company developed smart apps able to monitor patients by conducting urine analysis. The apps enable a sample to be analysed remotely by clinicians and results are compared with other patient data to give greater insights into a person’s health.

The QUT Business School’s  Dr Peter Beven, Director of the Global Business Challenge, said all the finalists devised inspiring solutions.

“Identifying new clinical services and technologies to deliver better and more affordable healthcare to communities facing social, cultural and physical isolation is a core challenge for healthcare providers globally,” Dr Beven said.

“All seven teams have emphatically demonstrated how new technologies and novel business models can directly address this challenge.

“It was a very close race with only two points between the Smart Toilet Company in first and the team that placed seventh.”

Competing teams represented QUT, The University of Melbourne (Australia), Memorial University (Canada), Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf (Germany), Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, University of Calgary (Canada), and Team Durian Exchange from University of Exeter, University of Southampton, SOAS University of London (UK); and Chulalongkorn University (Thailand).

The winners received $100,000, with $15,000 to the second-placed team and $10,000 to the third. A Queensland Health prize of $100,000 cash and $100,000 in-kind to support a pilot was also awarded.

  • First prize ”“ The Smart Toilet Company (QUT) Australia
  • Second prize – The Eradicators (Indian Institute of Management Bangalore) India
  • Third prize –   MedFix (Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf) Germany
  • Queensland Health prize – The Eradicators (Indian Institute of Management Bangalore) India

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