October 2018 – Atlanta, GA

Save the Date: October 16 & 17, 2018 | Atlanta, GA

BME-IDEA 2018 will be hosted in Atlanta, Georgia in conjunction with the 2018 BMES annual conference
Registration is opening soon! Stay tuned for more details!


Members of the US-based BME-IDEA consortium meet approximately every other year to share best practices, discuss common challenges, and brainstorm new directions in BME innovation education. The group typically includes faculty and staff from leading US universities that teach in experiential undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate training programs focused on health technology innovation.

This year’s meeting will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday,
October 16 and 17, 2018  in Atlanta, Georgia in conjunction with the 2018 BMES annual conference

See below for the working version of the program schedule

What’s New and Exciting This Year?

  • For the first time ever, we are actively seeking to include
    representatives from the BME-IDEA consortiums in Europe and Asia Pacific. Select participants will present at the main meeting on Wednesday 10/17 and a special working session will be held on Tuesday 10/16 to share ideas and information across these
    global regions.
  • New sessions on other timely topics, such as diversity in BME
    innovation education and technology translation, are included in this year’s agenda.
  • Time for networking with fellow participants over drinks and
    appetizers has been set aside the evening before the event to
    allow you to meet new colleagues and reconnect with old friends.

Program Schedule (working version)

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Timing Topic
2:00-6:00 pm Global Exchange: Tackling Issues and Sharing Best Practices in Innovation Education (by invitation)
6:00-8:00 pm Networking Reception (all participants)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Timing Topic
8:30-8:45 Welcome
8:45-9:45 Strengthening Industry-Academic Partnerships in Developing High Potential Talent and Solutions
9:45-10:30 Essentially Complicated: Making Sense of Healthcare Economics
10:30-11:15 Dream Teams: Expanding Beyond BME
11:15-11:30 Break
11:30-12:30 Diversity in BME Innovation Education:  Moving Beyond #MeToo to Real Inclusion
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:30 Going Global: Keeping up with Biomedical Innovation Education Worldwide
2:30-4:00 Large group break-out sessions (choose one):

Translation for Student-Generated Start-Ups: What You Need to Know, What They Need to Know

The Next Big IDEA: Re-Imagining the Future of Design Competitions

4:00-4:15 Break
4:15-5:15 Small group break-out sessions (topics to be shared in advance of the meeting):

Design Potluck: Bring Something to Share

5:15-5:45 Your Turn: Nifty Ideas Emerging from Today’s Discussion
5:45-6:00 Wrap-Up

BME-IDEA 2018 Flier

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