Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Please note that these FAQs were specifically written for the 2017 Challenge.

1. What is included in a complete submission to the BAGHIC?

To compete, your team will need to submit the following materials via the online submission system:

  1. Project/team description: please provide the title of your innovation, as well as the names, contact information, academic standing, and resumes/CV’s of all team members.
  2. Supplemental information: please provide 1) an abstract (250-word limit), 2) a description of the state of your innovation (i.e. where it is in the development pipeline; also 250-word limit), and 3) a description of your current supporters and mentors (250-word limit).
  3. Main submission material: This should be in the form of EITHER 1) a link to a five-minute video (hosted on YouTube or Vimeo) with your innovation pitch or 2) a slide-deck/slide presentation describing your innovation, not exceeding ten slides. There may be animations and short demo videos in the slide deck. 


2. Is my idea/innovation eligible for the BAGHIC?

The BAGH Innovation challenge is open to teams comprised of currently-enrolled university students and postgraduates. Students from all disciplines and stages of training are welcome, including undergraduate, graduate (ANY degree), resident (i.e. medical training), and postdoctoral students. Individuals holding faculty appointments are NOT eligible for competition. The “innovation” must be student-driven and led. While we encourage students to draw on faculty and other sources of mentorship and support, it must not be the work or research output of a faculty member.


3. Are there any limits placed on the number of people on my team?

No, there is no limit to the number of people who can be on a team. However, if your team is selected, and it is comprised of more than three people, only three will be allowed to present on the stage during semifinal and final judging rounds on 5/20/2017 (all team members are welcome to attend other weekend events). Note that while one-person teams are not technically excluded from participation, interdisciplinarity is one of the judging criterion. Having only one team member could also limit your ability to workshop your idea or network the weekend of the competition.


4. Do I need to be present on 5/20 to be eligible for prizes?

Yes, at least one member of your team will be expected to be present during the challenge weekend, however we strongly encourage the presence of more than one team member (see above).


5. Is financial assistance available for travel and/or lodging the weekend of 5/20/2017?

All student teams are expected to plan for their own travel and lodging should they be accepted to the challenge, and are encouraged to work with their schools to do so. In exceptional cases, funding may be available to support the travel of outstanding teams that lack the financial means to attend the event, especially those from low and middle-income countries.

6. How do I choose a ‘track’ for my submission? Will choosing one track over another impact my chance to win?

Participants are asked to identify one primary track and one secondary track for their submission. These tracks will aid in the preliminary evaluation of submissions and ensure that each proposal is assigned to the appropriate judges. All categories will be assessed on an equal playing field. If your submission does not fit into one of the preexisting categories, please indicate “Other”. The categories are: 1) Medical Devices, 2) Diagnostics, 3) Information and Communication Technologies (i.e., mobile health apps), 4) Wearables/Protective Gear, 5) System & Service Innovations, and 6) Other.


7. What information are you looking for in my project summary or abstract?

We would like a quick summary of your project for judges to read prior to viewing your presentation. With that in mind, be sure to address the following points: 1) what is the innovation, 2) what does it aim to achieve, 3) who will benefit, and 4) what is the expected health impact?


8. At which stage of development is my innovation? Is my idea developed enough to participate in the BAGHIC?

We don’t have a formal scale to classify your innovation, but we are looking for ideas that are beyond the brainstorm/initial concept idea. In essence, we're looking for the "how" you plan to get this innovation to market, and what resources you already have to do so — this includes funding, pilot research, relationships with the institutions/partners/populations with which you plan to work/carry out your innovation, and more. We are also looking for specific details on how the $10,000 HealthRoots prize would support your innovation. Contact if you are concerned that your idea may not be developed enough for the BAGHIC.


9. Do I need any outside mentors? How do I describe my relationship with my mentors in the application?

While you do not necessarily need any mentors prior to submission of your idea to the BAGHIC, we encourage participants to assemble a support team who can help guide and support them during development. If you do not have any (or enough) mentors or teammates, consider addressing the gaps or holes which you need to fill to bring your project to life. If you do not already have all of the necessary mentors and support, where and from whom will you obtain this expertise or how do you plan to do so as you continue to develop your innovation?


10. I am concerned about someone stealing my idea. Are proposals kept confidential?

Your proposal will be kept confidential, however we may use your short description/abstract in promotional materials. If you are concerned about protecting your idea, do not put any protected information in the short description/abstract.


11. Are there restrictions on how the funding can be used? Are there any conditions to winning?

There are no restrictions on how funding can be used, other than the funding must be applied toward the proposed innovation. Winners will be expected to send updates quarterly (every three months) for the first year, and annually after the first year.


12. Who is eligible to attend the event(s) on 5/20/2017?

All finalist teams will be expected to send at least one team member to SF for the events on 5/20. There will be opportunities for non-finalists to attend events during the workshop. Be sure to check back in mid-February for updates on which aspects of the Challenge will be open to the public or non-finalist teams.