Grand Challenge is a competition-driven form of innovation that is new to Sweden. The Grand Challenge aims to mobilize actors to take on a societal challenge. Within the framework of this project, we use it to mobilise commitment to achieve the vision of zero childhood obesity at school start by 2030.
Grand Challenge Prevent Childhood Obesity is aimed at organisations or groups of individuals who want to line up with a team that has ideas for solutions that they believe address the societal challenge of how childhood obesity can be prevented and how to give everyone an equal health start in life.
The process is competition-driven. The teams will be ranked during each phase. The selection will take place to choose the teams with solutions that, according to assessment, have the greatest potential to create the effect of zero childhood obesity at start school by 2030.
The process will begin in 2021 and be divided into three phases which will run until 2022:
Hackathon Q1-Q2, 2021
Lab and test environment Q2-Q4, 2021
Upscaling and market introduction Q1-Q4, 2022
Grand Challenge Prevent Childhood Obesity begins with a hackathon in March 2021 with the goal of gathering teams with new ideas that have great potential to counteract childhood obesity in children before they reach primary school start. The hackathon is a co-arrangement with SAS Global Hackathon.
During the Hackathon, participants are challenged to develop their idea into a demonstrable concept. The concepts will be ranked through criteria-based evaluation. To help, the team gets access to advanced analysis tools, collaboration environment, virtual events and access to knowledge and data about childhood obesity and prevention.
Lab and test environment
The second phase of the Grand Challenge Prevent Childhood Obesity consists of a lab and test environment to which a selection of participating teams in the Grand Challenge are invited. The selection is based on a criteria-based evaluation to determine which concepts are judged to have the greatest potential to create the effect of zero childhood obesity at start school by 2030.
During the Lab and test environment phase, the teams are challenged to develop their concept into a testable solution. To help, the teams get additional access to data and building blocks, and the opportunity to test its solution in business-related environments (eg in municipal operations or in regions).
In the spring, we will present further information about this phase, which is expected to start in May 2021 and last until December 2021.
Upscaling and market introduction
The third phase of the Grand Challenge Prevent Childhood Obesity consists of activities with the aim of supporting a final selection of participating teams to be able to scale up their solutions in the work towards a market introduction.
Even before this phase, the selection is based on a criteria-based evaluation to determine which concepts are judged to have the greatest potential to create the effect of zero childhood obesity at start school by 2030.