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Episode 2 of Innovation Action Insights podcast now live - exploring COVID-19 Innovations

The second episode of Innovation Action Insights podcast is now live exploring COVID-19 Innovations.

Since the 30th of January 2020, when the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, life has radically changed for billions of people across the globe. In the last year, many of us had been trying to navigate basic and advance concepts of epidemiology, microbiology, economics, data science and public health comparing health resources and policy implementations of different countries, following the development of vaccines and drugs to combat the spread and impact of the virus.

The impact that science and technology on our lives and the importance of rapid and responsive innovation has never been more evident. Overnight, the pandemic had made the world both larger and smaller by highlighting how countries need to be able to work together despite their differences. In this episode, we’ll hear stories from two different innovators who, in the last year, have worked on two of the biggest healthcare challenges that have emerged in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic: the development of breathing aids for patients affected by respiratory difficulties and the use of data for policy development.

Listen on Soundcloud to find out more about the CovidAction Data Challenge, their grantees Surgo Ventures and DHIS2.

About the podcast

Hosted and produced by Dr Giulia Barbareschi and with a technical commentary by Dr Ben Oldfrey, Innovation Action Insights features interviews and stories from the brains behind the disruptive and cutting-edge innovations aiming to impact the lives of millions of people living in different areas of the world.

Many of the innovations which shape our lives and the world we live in are developed by designers and engineers working behind closed doors. But what happens when researchers and innovators work together to develop open-source solutions to address some of the greatest challenges of our time?

Funded by UK Aid COVIDAction and AT2030 through the Innovation Action collaborative initiative led by the Global Disability Innovation Hub. The podcast is supported by UCL Engineering, GDI Hub, UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering, Institute of Making, Frontier Technologies Hub, University of Nairobi and the ALL Institute.

Hosted on SoundCloud and it is also available on Spotify - both are free. Innovation Action Insights will be a 6 part series, with episodes released every two weeks.

New podcast: COVID-19 Innovations
New podcast: COVID-19 Innovations