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Trying Something New: Pioneer Pitch Day

Oct 22, 2013, 10:00 AM, Posted by Pioneer Blog Team

Pioneer Pitch Day judges Emcee Thomas Goetz and Pioneer Pitch Day judges Lori Melichar, John Lumpkin, Paul Tarini, Mike Painter, Nancy Barrand, Shankar Vedantam, Ben Sawyer, Fred Mann, Rodrigo Martinez, Esther Dyson, Ben Heywood, John Maeda and Steve Downs. Deborah Bae and Ben Schiller not pictured.

The Pioneer team is always on the lookout for new thinking about how to transform health and health care – not just from visionaries in these fields, but also from big thinkers in other disciplines.

Discovering big ideas from diverse sources was the idea behind Pioneer Pitch Day, an event we hosted last week at the offices of AppNexus, a tech startup in New York City. Eight finalists (culled from more than 500 applicants) had five minutes each to share their vision, then answered five minutes of questions from a panel of judges, as well as audience questions. The judges included designers, investors, entrepreneurs, journalists and others, in addition to foundation staff. Our entrepreneur-in-residence, Thomas Goetz, was the master of ceremonies.

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Introducing the Pitch Day Finalists: Medical Innovation By the People and For the People

Oct 14, 2013, 9:00 AM, Posted by Pioneer Blog Team

Alex Fair, co-founder and chief crowdologist of MedStartr, Inc. Alex Fair, co-founder and chief crowdologist of MedStartr, Inc.

Entrepreneur Alex Fair has a vision for letting citizens decide which health care innovations the government should fund. He was one of eight finalists invited to pitch their ideas live and in person at the first-ever Pioneer Pitch Day. Read Fair's 1,000-character proposal below, and join the discussion on Twitter at #pioneerpitch.

Alex Fair is the co-founder and chief crowdologist of MedStartr, Inc. and an organizer of Health 2.0 NYC. You can follow him on Twitter at @alexbfair. Alex will co-present with Jeff Borenstein of MedStartr, Inc.

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Introducing the Pitch Day Finalists: Breaking Barriers in Medical Knowledge

Oct 14, 2013, 8:00 AM, Posted by Pioneer Blog Team

Fred Trotter, founder of Not Only Development and co-author of Hacking Healthcare Fred Trotter, founder of Not Only Development and co-author of Hacking Healthcare

What if you could remove the barriers involved in accessing and understanding medical knowledge? Entrepreneur, journalist and author Fred Trotter has a vision for doing just that. He's one of eight finalists we invited to pitch ideas live and in person at the first-ever Pioneer Pitch Day. Trotter was one of three presenters invited to submit a full proposal for potential funding. Read Trotter's 1,000-character proposal below and join the discussion on Twitter at #pioneerpitch.

Trotter is a founder of Not Only Development, a health care technology software and consulting firm, and co-author of Hacking Healthcare. You can follow him on Twitter at @fredtrotter.

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Introducing the Pitch Day Finalists: Crowdsourcing Lifestyle Health Experiments

Oct 11, 2013, 8:00 AM, Posted by Pioneer Blog Team

Christopher Robertson, visiting professor at Harvard Law’s Petrie-Flom Center Christopher Robertson, visiting professor at Harvard Law’s Petrie-Flom Center

Christopher Robertson, a visiting professor at Harvard Law's Petrie-Flom Center (@PetrieFlom), wants to create a platform that engages social networks to enroll millions of people in large-scale randomized experiments. Robertson was one of eight finalists we invited to pitch us their ideas live and in person at the first-ever Pioneer Pitch Day. Read Robertson's 1,000-character proposal below, and join the discussion on Twitter at #pioneerpitch.

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Introducing the Pitch Day Finalists: Implementing Risk-Based Cancer Screening Using an Adaptive Learning Engine

Oct 10, 2013, 8:00 AM, Posted by Pioneer Blog Team

Laura Esserman, director of the Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center Laura Esserman, director of the Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center

Laura Esserman, MD, MBA, and a team of collaborators want to transform the way we screen people for cancer. The team is one of eight finalists we invited to pitch us their ideas live and in person at the first-ever Pioneer Pitch Day. Dr. Esserman's team was one of three presenters invited to submit a full proposal for potential funding.  Read the team's 1,000-character proposal below, and join the discussion on Twitter at #pioneerpitch.

Dr. Esserman is the director of the Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center and a professor of surgery and radiology at University of California, San Francisco. You can follow her on Twitter at @DrLauraEsserman. Her collaborators are NCQA's Margaret (Peggy) O'Kane and Clarence So of Salesforce.

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