The prize of Helsinki Challenge idea competition to iCombine and Heatstock teams

Teams iCombine and HeatStock were chosen as the winners of the science-based idea competition Helsinki Challenge. iCombine is working on a decision support system which will enable doctors to easily search for the best possible personalised treatment for each cancer patient. HeatStock has developed a new kind of composite material which will allow for the long-term storage and controlled release of heat energy.

An international jury has selected team iCombine as winner of the 2017 Helsinki Challenge idea competition. The team is working on a decision support system which will enable doctors to easily search for the best possible personalised treatment for each cancer patient. The iCombine solution would speed up the process of finding the most effective treatment and reduce the costs of drug treatment.

The jury also chose team HeatStock as the other winner of the competition. The multidisciplinary team has developed a new kind of composite material which will allow for the long-term storage and controlled release of heat energy. With the help of the material, heat collected during the summer could be used in winter.

”Decision making was very difficult, because every team is unique. It has been a high-quality competition throughout. We had seven really strong candidates to choose between in the final stage”, says the jury’s chair, Executive Director Tuija Talvitie from the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI).

Both teams received a prize sum of 187 500 euros for implementing their solution. The jury considered the finalist teams’ scientific basis, their focus on finding a solution, as well as their impact, novelty and creativity.

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The Helsinki Challenge is an idea competition that aims to find new science-based solutions for the world’s most pressing challenges. The competition themes – people in change, a sustainable planet and urban future – link to the UN’s sustainable development goals. The Helsinki Challenge was organised by ten Finnish universities. Helsinki Challenge is part of Finland’s centenary celebrations.

The Helsinki Challenge is an effort to raise awareness of the significance and impact of academic research, enable new science-based breakthroughs and promote dialogue between research and society. The first Helsinki Challenge was organised in 2014–2015 by the University of Helsinki.

Read the original article on University of Helsinki website.