EIT Health at Uppsala University

Popular summer school returns to Gotland 2018


For the third year in a row Uppsala University and EIT Health invite to Innovation Game, a summer school offering a multidisciplinary meeting between healthcare challenges and the gaming world's possibilities - this year focusing on the mental health of young people.

Erik Olsson is preparing this year's Innovation Game

– It is very inspiring to look forward to Gotland and Innovation Game 2018 where we will focus on young people's mental health. Last year's edition was awarded top ratings by the students, and this summer we are aiming to get even better, says Erik Olsson, course leader at Uppsala University.
 Innovation Game will last for three weeks in August and will gather students from all over Sweden. After one week of individual preparation, participants meet 6-17 August 2018 at Campus Gotland, Visby, where they will form multidisciplinary teams to address real healthcare challenges, using the gaming industry's unique skills and tools.
– We offer Innovation Game in collaboration with EIT Health, a European consortium working for, among other things, a healthier lifestyle, and with game developers ability to connect with users, our students can create game concepts that inspire people to a healthier existence, says Catharina Svensson, professor at the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology.

On-site in Visby are also representatives of healthcare, industry and academy who contribute with their experience and expertise to guide students in the creation of innovative answers to need-based problems.
– This course has an almost perfect layout! The participants face real challenges formulated by those who experience them, and they work purposefully to create solutions that carry the full distance. The students I met were ambitious and worked hard to acquire the tools, says Moa Fransson, Business Advisor at UU Innovation, who gave a lecture on Innovations and Lean Startup at Innovation Game 2017.

Preventive health efforts are increasingly transferred from hospitals onto the individual, making interdisciplinary perspectives and education even more urgent. Healthcare staff can point out necessary lifestyle changes, but society must assist with the tools to motivate action, and initiatives such as Innovation Game will show a new generation of students how innovative processes can help meet the challenges that await EU countries' healthcare.
– Being on Gotland, far from family and friends, helped us quickly become a well-functioning team, meeting enthusiastic lecturers who did everything possible to convey as much as possible. I loved the entire course, it really made me reflect on what I want to do with my future, says one of the students at Innovation Game 2017.

Apply for Innovation Game no later than March 15th. Everyone with a bachelor's degree and good English skills are welcome. The course includes free accommodation in Visby 6-17 August 2018.

More information Summer School 2018: Innovation Game

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