"Inspiring Hope" Ideathon

Together, let's raise greater awareness of clinical trials

September 27-28, 2016
District Hall
Innovation District
Boston, MA

$10,000 prize for the winning entry, awarded by CISCRP

INC Research and CISCRP – collaborators in raising awareness of clinical research – are excited to co-host a ground-breaking event on September 27-28 with one aim: to develop innovative and effective new ways to increase the awareness of clinical trials amongst patients, healthcare professionals and the general public. Press release details

Innovation through collaboration

Clinical research is vital to the development of new drugs and treatments, but it is entirely dependent on patient participation. The "Inspiring Hope" Ideathon is among the first initiative of its kind designed to generate new and unique ideas to help raise awareness of clinical trials in a competition format.

Data suggests less than 5% of people take part in clinical studies 1,2

To advance society's ability to respond to future healthcare challenges and advance medical innovation, we must increase awareness of clinical research and study participation. This ground-breaking event allows you to be part of innovation and raise awareness of clinical trials.

  1. Kurzrock R, et al. Project Zero Delay: a process for accelerating the activation of cancer clinical trials. J Clin Oncol. 2009 Sep 10;27(26):4433–40.
  2. PerlmuPer J. Advocate Involvement in I-SPY 2. Breast Diseases: A Year Book Quarterly. Elsevier; 2011;22(1):21–4.

The Ideathon

The "Inspiring Hope" Ideathon event will focus on:

Collective goals

From biopharmaceutical companies to advocacy and non-profit organizations, to physicians and healthcare professionals; from marketing organizations to technology providers, to patients themselves - the Ideathon will encourage innovative ideas and creativity to generate new and unique ways to help raise awareness of clinical trials and study participation.

Ideas can include the use of data and new technology, re-purposing of current technology and crowd solving solutions. Share with us ideas that could create more effective engagement with patients, healthcare professionals and support groups. Show how forms of digital and social media outreach could be applied more effectively, providing actionable solutions to the critical issue of clinical trial awareness.

The competition poses four problem statements. How do we:

  1. 1.

    Raise public awareness about the role that clinical research plays in our society

  2. 2.

    Build more momentum to increase personal, long-term and ongoing participation in clinical studies

  3. 3.

    Stimulate more active engagement within the clinical research community, particularly those who seek alternative health care options

  4. 4.

    Create higher levels of recognition and appreciation for clinical trial volunteers

Key Dates:

June 1, 2016 – August 8, 2016
Registration open

August 8, 2016 – August 15, 2016
Judging panel reviews applications

Week commencing August 15, 2016
Shortlisted finalists notified and invited

September 1, 2016
Finalists announced on “Inspiring Hope” Ideathon website