iGIANT® Challenge Competition for HOSA Innovators

iGIANT®, a nonprofit, is excited to announce a challenge competition to explore the impact of gender/sex on innovation and novel technologies in our lives. The purpose of this challenge is to establish a common dialog about best practices and to inspire participants to serve as ambassadors for innovation to help accelerate the translation of research into gender/sex-specific design elements such as programs, products, policies, and protocols.
The National Academy of Medicine defines "gender" as a person's self-representation as male or female based on social interactions and "sex" as based on one's genes. The environment can impact gene expression which is known as "epigenetics."
Gender/sex impacts every aspect of our daily lives. The same dosage of medication, for example, has different effects on men compared to women, resulting in a need for us to understand these differential effects in the research and development process before doctors can effectively dose their patients. Similarly, although some products (such as shoes, sports equipment, or cars) seem to have separate designs for men and women, it is important to distinguish between a simple change in aesthetics and a design that actually addresses the biological factors (ie, body composition, bone structure, metabolism) that cause men and women to experience these products differently. Each small detail and seemingly insignificant change in design can heavily impact how we perform at work, school, or in our leisurely activities.
The goal of this effort is to improve the safety and quality of life for men and women in all areas and especially within the sectors of health, IT, transportation, and retail. This challenge is to submit a concept idea for one or more of the sectors, using design elements which takes into account how men and women adapt differently to technologies used in everyday life.
Design Requirements:
The design elements can include:
  • Programs (example: an educational symposium);
  • Policies (example: a policy on inclusion);
  • Protocols (example: athletic training protocols or medical guidelines); or
  • Products (example: sports equipment, clothing, tools, hardware and machine-human interfaces).
Solution Requirements:
The solution should:
  • Demonstrate the impact of gender/sex on a design element.
  • The concept for the design element needs to be clear, concise and actionable.
  • Submissions should be approximately 1-2 pages in length.
  • Submissions should be emailed to hosa@hosa.org by August 15. 
Judging Criteria:
  • What is the magnitude of impact on gender/sex for the submitted design element concept?
  • Is the submitted design element concept clearly defined?
  • Is the submitted design element concept realistic and likely to lead to the development of an element if/when funding is available

Additional Information:

  • This is a challenge for the development of concepts. Eventually, these concepts may be submitted for open competition to be developed into design elements if funding becomes available
  • This event is NOT a part of the HOSA Competitive Events program and should not be confused with the offical Medical Innovation competitions.

Competition Deadline: Augusts 15, 2018.  

Awards and Recognition:

Four $250 prizes will be awarded, one for each sector. We look forward to seeing all your innovative and impactful ideas!


Dr. Saralyn Mark

iGIANT® and
SolaMed Solutions, LLC
HOSA-100 Advisory Council

HOSA would like to thank iGIANT® and Dr. Saralyn Mark, HOSA-100 Advisory Council Member and Author of Stellar Medicine: A Journey Through the Universe Women's Health for the sponsorship of this challenge competition.Stellar Medicine: A Journey Through the Universe of Women's Health by Dr. Saralyn Mark is part memoir/part guidebook on controversial health issues. Dr. Mark explores the political and social environment which shapes these issues while weaving in her unique adventures on all the continents and with the space program to illustrate her points.  Chapters focus on menopause, alternative therapies, sex and gender based medicine, spirituality and healing, veterans health, pandemics and public fears, medical myths, reproductive health, the health benefits of sex, chocolate, wine and shopping and more. This educational and entertaining book has generated lively discussions during all of Dr. Mark's book reading events and media appearances. Her candor and humor inspire her audiences to use the book as a guide to achieve health and wellness even during times of stress.