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Trickle Up Healthcare Innovation: Lessons from the developing world

Trickle-up or “jugaad" innovation are terms referring to an innovation seen first, or likely to be used first, in the developing world before spreading to the industrialized world. Jugaad innovation is a mindset and methodology used by individual innovators and companies alike to find high value, low cost and accessible solutions in healthcare and beyond.

Many individuals and organizations increasingly see the ingenuity of innovations born in resource-constrained environments for their ability to meet needs, produce at a low cost, and scale quickly.

This panel of speakers from international health organizations and business units and research/consulting organizations will discuss how they exchange ideas with, and learn from, their partners in economically developing countries and communities - and why incorporating this knowledge is more important than ever before.


5:30-6pm - Dinner & Networking

6-6:10pm - Opening Remarks

6:10-6:50pm - Talks from Panelists

6:50-7:10pm - Moderated Q&A

7:10-7:30pm - Small Group Q&A, grab more food, and networking

Opening remarks: 

Dr. Simone Ahuja - Founder at Blood columnist; Advisor at MIT Practical Impact Alliance; and bestselling author of Jugaad Innovation - Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth


Rafael Vasconcellos - SVP Medical Affairs at UnitedHealth Group

Heather Howard - Health Technical Advisor at American Refugee Committee

Jeremy Newhouse - VP Operations at Matter

Emily Anthony - Program Director, Heart Failure at Medtronic


Here are some thought pieces and resources on Trickle-up ("Reverse", "Jugaad", or "Frugal") Innovation to consider prior to the event: 


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  • Natalka S.

    Good to be reminded of our bias in the developed world and that we can learn from all socioeconomic spheres.

    1 · January 12

  • Julia M.

    Great event! It was refreshing to learn about some new creative approaches from across the board, and be reminded to see abundance in scarcity! Loved the opportunity to connect with people and discover interesting synergies. Will be watching out for more of these. Thank you!

    1 · January 10

  • Lars O.

    Sorry to be late due to weather. A couple of good presentations but a couple of ..."rambling" ones who went over time. Good job by G to keep the networking going at the end.

    1 · January 9

  • Dr. Christopher S.

    Fantastic high caliber event! Just the innovative inspiration I needed today! Thanks to you, the participants, and the positive message to use your innovative powers for good. Bravo!

    1 · January 9

  • Glafira M.

    We're still on despite the snow! Hope to see you all there, it's going to be a great program

    2 · January 9

  • frenkel

    I will be at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) later this week. If there is something anybody is particularly interested in I can try to get some information or watch a product demo to share with you. As you know it is a huge show.

    1 · January 4

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