What is the mHealth Challenge?
The Penn State mHealth Challenge is an engaged scholarship event where undergraduate students from the Department of Biobehavioral Health (BBH) in the College of Health and Human Development, the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), and the College of Nursing engage in a cross-college idea pitch competition.
How it works
The Challenge is modeled after a typical consulting scenario where a group of subject matter experts (i.e., BBH and Nursing students), work with technology experts (i.e., IST students) to create a prototype that addresses a defined problem/issue for a defined audience. Specifically:
- BBH and Nursing students prepare a brief describing a target population, health need, and behavioral objectives designed to address the health need
- IST students act as technology consultants working with BBH and Nursing students to create a mock-up of a mobile app that addresses the defined health need
- Student teams prepare an idea pitches with faculty support
- Participating teams pitch their ideas to a panel of judges during Global Entrepreneurship Week
Why do students participate?
Students who participate get the opportunity to:
- Work with students from a different college
- Practice practical, hands-on entrepreneurship/intrapreneurship skills
- Work closely with faculty to take an idea from concept to prototype that could potential impact a critical health issue
- Pitch the idea in front of senior University officials and successful entrepreneurs
- Win a gift card and University-wide recognition for their ideas
Can I come see what they come up with?
The public is invited to attend the idea pitches and see the ideas that students have created.