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27 February 2017 at Fira Montjüic, Barcelona, Spain

Organised by the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance), the DHWS17 (Digital Health & Wellness Summit) is again coming to Barcelona and we are excited to be partnering with the leading 4YFN innovation event.


What is the DHWS17 Challenge?

DHWS17 is about bringing “unmet needs” to meet “innovative solutions” by providing a platform for CHALLENGES to be addressed.


We are launching here a call for propositions in order to select the best needs and solutions for each of 4 challenges we have defined here.


The call is open to all: clinicians, patients, institutions, NGOs and foundations, companies, start-ups & entrepreneurs, researchers, designers, gamers, out-of-the box minded…




The present call seeks:


  1. CHALLENGE NEEDS – bring real needs and use-cases from health professionals, patients, citizens, companies
  2.  CHALLENGE SOLUTIONS  – offer innovative solutions and concepts by start-ups, SMEs, researchers, entrepreneurs

What are the 4 Challenges?

Current challenges under consideration include:


1. Virtual Reality & Games

The main challenges that the healthcare systems are facing nowadays are related to peoples’ behaviour changes. Technologies and concepts coming from the video games industry, such as Virtual or Augmented Reality (VR/AR), have powerful effects on their users.

The engagement of individuals is key in prevention programmes, but patients’ engagement is still far from very efficient and healthcare sector would have a lot to learn from gamers’ engagement. It would have a huge impact in the number of conditions, such as mental health, addictions, phobias…


2. New Insurances Models, the ‘Digital Insurer’

The traditional insurance model is currently questioned. At the age of data, insurers have to re-invent themselves, focus on their customers, their needs and personalise more and more their services. 

New models are appearing and the whole industry is transforming. The “Digital Insurer” has to invest in new business models, mobile and digital technologies will support this transformation.


3. Diabetes and Chronic Diseases Management

In 2015, the world counted 415 million people with Diabetes. It is expected to reach close to 650 million in 2040. Chronic diseases globally are the main burden on healthcare systems budget in all developed countries, counting for around 80% of costs.

Prevention and self-care are key elements in the strategy to improve the current situation, in order to trigger new lifestyle habits, around nutrition or physical activity for instance, digital plays a central role.


4. Corporate Wellness

Modern lifestyles engage people more and more in their professional environment. The company is a life place, just as the personal environment. Employers are more and more concerned by the wellbeing and the health status of their employees.

Taking care of the health of its employees’ present obvious benefits in terms of productivity and performance, avoiding absenteeism for example, but also in terms of innovation and creativity, the wellbeing acting on motivation, openness of mindsets, mental balance, etc…

Digital and mobile technologies can help the employers to understand better what their employees experience, feel and need in order to increase their wellbeing.

Benefits of be a part of the DHWS17 @ 4YFN:


  • Live presentation during DHWS17 @ 4YFN to a mixed audience of digital health experts, clinicians, policy-makers, payers, investors… and opportunities for individual matchmaking
  • Communication plan, powered by 4YFN and the ECHAlliance (target of 16,000+ actors of Digital Health, Wellness and Active & Healthy ageing sectors in Europe, USA, Canada and China)
  • Free Registration for the Digital Health & Wellness Summit @ 4FYN during the Mobile World Congress 2017






8 December'16

Launch of the “DHWS17 Challenge” call

13 January'16

Closing of the call – deadline for submissions

January 2017

Results of the evaluation & announcement of the selected ideas

27 February'17

Presentation at the DHWS17 @ 4YFN

Intellectual Property & legal aspects

All rights (intellectual, artistic or industrial), related to the project or the creation, its design or its innovation, remain the exclusive and total property of the candidate. The jury and the organizers of the competition cannot be held legally responsible for the protection of ideas, patents, files, models or brands invented by the candidate including whether a publication reproduces copyrighted works. Each candidate declares on its honour to be the holder of all rights attached to its project and commits to guarantee that the challenge organisers’ responsibility could not be engaged in the case of an infringement of intellectual property rights attached to the project presented.

Learn more about the DHWS17@4YFN

 How to apply?

Please complete the form below: