It’s been a really busy two weeks with Boston hosting Healthcare’s Grand Hackfest plus this reporter getting the opportunity to go to Vegas, baby to cover Hospital Medicine 2014, the largest gathering of Hospitalists in the world.
Our Google Glass Challenge hopefuls were busy as well, as we received a deluge of submissions in the third and final qualifying round which ended on March 22, including several that came in literally minutes before the deadline (you know who you are). Given the volume of submissions, our judges took a few extra days to complete their evaluations, but we’re happy to announce the SIX new semi-finalists that will join the seven from the previous two rounds in the Google Glass Challenge Final Showdown! We’re also super excited that this round’s winners include our first medical student semi-finalist!
For a complete list of the semi-finalists, head over to the Official Results Page.
Submissions were judged by a panel of renowned clinicians and technical experts, including the White House Innovation Fellows and MIT H@cking Medicine. Ideas were judged primarily on their clinical impact and practicality.
Okay, okay…here they are! Semi-finalists are listed in order of their combined total score:
Thanks to everyone who submitted ideas and congratulations to all the winners!
OK, so it’s not exactly a cage match, but the thirteen semi-finalists will be competing for the four top prizes at the Google Glass Challenge: Finalist Presentations & Expert Panel on April 23. Join us at Google’s Boston Headquarters to hear keynotes by Rafael Grossmann, MD, the surgeon who’s pioneering the use of Glass in the OR, Nayan Jain, White House Innovation Fellow and Early Glass Explorer, and Steven Horng, MD, MMSc, FACEP, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Emergency and Informatics Physician. The semi-finalists will present their ideas, we will announce the winners and then we’ll all network over beer, wine and fancy hors d’ouevres!
Jim Ryan has spent the past 20 years building global markets for US-based telecommunications and enterprise technology companies. Mr. Ryan exited five startups (2 IPOs, 2 acquisitions, 1 Chapter 11) and now uses his expertise as one of the three founding partners of Farpoint Ventures helping startups from the US quickly build global sales channels and bring in revenues from overseas markets. Mr. Ryan has closed over $1B in export business for startups.Mr. Ryan holds a Bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a Master's degree from Osaka University. He is a native speaker of Japanese, and is conversational in Mandarin Chinese and French.In between meetings, he has climbed Mt. Rainier three times, finished the Boston Marathon and Cape Cod Marathon, climbed Mt. Washington in all four seasons and hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon 10 times. He holds a Private Pilot license and enjoys flying his Cessna 172 around New England and beyond.
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