Pitch Us: The First-Ever Pioneer Pitch Day

Aug 13, 2013, 8:00 AM, Posted by

Brian Quinn, assistant vice president, Research and Evaluation Brian Quinn, assistant vice president, Research and Evaluation

We’re always willing to hear your ideas for how to innovate health and health care—and to change the world in the process. We accept brief proposals through our website 365 days a year. And we read them, every single one, looking for the big idea that has not yet been considered or the seed of an exploration that could lead to that big idea.

On October 16, we’re going to try a little experiment—a new way for you to share your ideas with us: We’ll be hosting our first-ever Pioneer Pitch Day in New York City. Over the course of two hours, eight teams will tell us their vision for how they want to change the world of health and health care—and how they plan to go about doing so. They’ll be peppered with questions from me, my colleagues on the Pioneer team, our grantees and from a few of our friends, including Esther Dyson. Thomas Goetz, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s entrepreneur-in-residence, will be our emcee. (Update: We are excited to announce that Fast Company staff writer Ben Schiller, NPR science correspondent Shankar Vedantam, Games for Health co-founder Ben Sawyer, PatientsLikeMe co-founder and president Ben Heywood, Rhode Island School of Design President John Maeda, and IDEO Life Sciences Chief Strategist Rodrigo Martinez will be joining us as judges. Stay tuned for additional updates.)

So, do you have an idea that you want to pitch to us? Tell us about it in 1,000 characters or less. Be original, be unconventional, be radical. Consider new perspectives. Think big and think long-term. Check out what we look for in the ideas that are submitted to us and listen to our new podcast to learn more. Use all 1,000 characters to share your idea and how it could change the world. And maybe we’ll see you in October.

Update: We're thrilled to have received more than 80 ideas in the first week of accepting submissions. And we've been excited to see people discussing the ideas and sharing them on social media. Please note: You are welcome to share, comment and vote on ideas that have been submitted; however, presenters will not be selected based on this criteria. After the September 6 deadline, Pioneer's team will review all of the ideas that have been submitted and select eight teams to present at Pitch Day.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Pioneering Ideas blog.