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Test and Lab in Grand Challenge

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The innovation competition Grand Challenge Prevent Childhood Obesity is now in the second phase – Test and Lab. During the autumn, the team will complete a prototype that shows how their concept can prevent childhood obesity and give every child an equal health start in life.

Phase two also involves a much closer collaboration between Work Package 3 – Grand Challenge and Work Package 4 – Measurement, Follow-up and Data to provide the teams with the data they need to be able to demonstrate how their concept will work in the Swedish market.

Testable solution

The eight teams that went on to Phase 2 will be challenged during the autumn to develop their concepts into a testable solution. The teams gets access to data and building blocks and the opportunity to test its solution in business-related environments, which can be, for example, municipal operations or in regions.

-Right now we are conducting interviews with all the teams to better understand their need for data. It is about finding a balance between their wishes and what is possible to deliver where we are right now, says Ole Stangeland, Principal Program and Project Manager at SAS Institute, who together with Magnus Lyrberg, Senior expert in open digital innovation and logistics at RISE, is supporting the teams during Phase 2.


During the autumn, regular checkpoints are held to be able to support the teams in the best possible way.

-A lot is about data, but it can also be another type of support, such as getting close to user groups to be able to do different types of tests, both this autumn and during the spring for the teams that go on to Phase 3, says Anders Hjalmarsson Jordanius, Manager at Digital Innovation at RISE Mobility and Systems, who leads the work with the ECHO Grand Challenge.

Demo day

Test and Lab ends on December 8. Then the teams will demonstrate their concepts / prototypes and present the results of their tests on a demo day. During this day is an expert jury will particapate whose task is to assess and rank the team’s achievements.

Before the demo day, the teams must also have sent in films where they present their concept proposal and a short pitch of how their concept will prevent obesity in children of preschool age. The films and the accompanying description will be assessed by the jury, which has the task of evaluating and ranking the teams. The outcome of the assessment will be presented at an event in January.

Third phase

After that, the third phase of the Grand Challenge Prevent Childhood Obesity begins, which consists of activities with the aim of supporting the final selection of participating teams to be able to scale up their solutions towards a market introduction.

-At that stage, it is about supporting the teams when they are to launch, market and roll out their products on the Swedish market. It can also be about identifying opportunities for financing. But right now we are fully focused on Phase 2 and the event on December 8, Magnus Lyrberg concludes.