January is off to a great start. Last October we did a volunteer project that is making an appearance at CES this week!
Our friend Tim Reha is working with some VR gear and bringing a modified version of our Ebola Training Challenge to the 2015 CES Digital Health Summit.
Last October, we hosted an Ebola Hackathon at the Living Computer Museum in Seattle. We worked with the Integrated Management of Adolescent and Adult Illness (IMAI) Alliance to help out healthcare workers headed to Ebola zones. Our mission: build an interactive simulation that preps nurses, doctors, and other volunteers for the intensity of working in an Ebola Treatment Unit. We worked with Unity 3D, and a host of amazing volunteer developers, artists, UI experts, and training professionals to create the Ebola Training Challenge, the first ever immersive training simulation for healthcare workers. (Some coverage here: NPR, The Economist, KOMO TV, Geekwire)
Tim was part of the team, and he’s been helping spread the word to raise funding and continue building out the simulation. The WHO just announced that Ebola isn’t slowing much, especially in Sierra Leone. It’s been about a year now, and the crisis continues. CES is an amazing opportunity to bring attention to the project so people like Tim and the other volunteers can make the simulation into a full blown tool that can help volunteers get ready for working in Ebola Treatment Units.
Why we love this as our kickoff to 2015: We are totally committed to bringing the innovation engine of technology into the global health space. Imagine the possibilities of harnessing the creative energy of a place like CES for solving problems that affect billions. That's the future we want to create: affordable, quality healthcare for the world's population, using human centered innovation. Go!