Columbia Design Challenge: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Thursday, November 9th, 2017 @ 11:00am to 2:30pm
524 Mudd
Nov 09
Thursday, November 9th, 2017 @ 11:00am to 2:30pm
524 Mudd

Addiction is devastating wide swaths of the population as it cuts across geography, age, gender, ethnicity, and socio-economic status. This complex problem involves issues that affect not only health, medicine, technology, policy, business, but also countless other facets of our society -- and fields that are represented here at Columbia. The event will feature faculty experts from SEAS, Public Health, the Medical Center, among others.
Students from all schools at the university are invited to participate in this exciting opportunity to address such a complex and pervasive problem. Teams could address production, prescription/dispensing, policy and lobbying, and many other fundamental challenges, all of which would benefit from cross-disciplinary solutions. 
This Design Challenge aims to generate innovative interdisciplinary technology solutions and policies that could have an immediate impact on the epidemic of opioid addiction. Teams selected to continue will win continued support for design opportunities on and off campus in the spring. 

Below are key dates. For more information about the design challenge, please contact SEAS Director of Outreach and Special Projects, Emily Ford, [email protected].

Columbia Design Challenge: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic Key Dates

Thursday, Oct 26, 5:00 pm, Kickoff - Location: Davis Auditorium

Friday, Oct 27, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Understanding the Problem (expert presentations, team formation, and group work).  The morning session will be in Davis Auditorium and afternoon session will be in Carleton Commons Lounge/Mudd

Thursday Nov 2, 6:00 – 7:00pm, Refining Ideas - Location: 524 Mudd

Thursday, Nov 9, 11:00 am – 2:30 pm, Pitch Presentations, Review and Closing - Location: 524 Mudd