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May 2017

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Anne Meerboth-Maltz
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For the 6th time, MEDICA will host a live competition for the best medical mobile solution for use in the daily routine of a patient, doctor or in the hospital - the MEDICA App COMPETITION 2017 – on November 15, 2017. MEDICA, the world’s leading medical trade fair, will take place from November 13 – 16, 2017 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.

From May 15 to September 30, 2017, developers from all over the world can submit their medical mobile solution. In early October these submissions will be screened by a top-class jury of digital health experts. Those 15 developers whose Mobile Solutions match best the submission criteria based on the jury's point of view, will qualify for the participation at the live pitch at MEDICA 2017.

The pitch itself will happen live on stage of the Connected Healthcare Forum in hall 15, on Wednesday, November 15 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm, including a Get-Together. Each team has three minutes to pitch their mobile solution. Another two minutes are reserved for the jury to ask questions. After all 15 presentations, the jury will deliberate and the top three winners will be announced.

Participants will benefit from the global awareness created at MEDICA and the best three teams will also be offered photo and video interviews, which will be distributed via all relevant media channels. In addition, the No. 1 winner will be rewarded with EUR 2,000, the No. 2 with EUR 1,000 and the No. 3 with EUR 500. In addition, the sponsors and media partners will again provide some incentives such as gadgets, tickets or mentoring programs.

The criteria for the submission, pre-selection and final judgment of the jury are:

  • during the pre-screening phase for submissions placed online:
    • Medical mobile solution for Smartphones / Tablets / Smartwatches / AR or VR gears / Drones
    • B2B / B2B2C solution targeting patients, doctors, hospital & medical team
    • Medical mobile solution live in minimum one market until end of Q1 2018; not launched earlier than Q1 2015
    • Submitted medical device solutions must be operated with a Mobile-Software-Solution (device powered medical mobile solution)
    • Only one (1) submission per company is possible
    • Founders of the applying startup must retain some portion of ownership in the company to be eligible to participate
    • The company must not have raised over seven million EUR in funds from combined funding source
  • during pre-screening phase for the submissions placed online and during live 
    • Functionality / Intuitive UX/UI
    • Level of Innovation / Originality of Solution
    • Level of Problem Solving / Improving 
    • Scalability / Attractiveness of Business Model 
    • Quality of Documentation & Team

Excluded from the competition are pure B2C solutions with focus on diet tips, fitness or wellness. Compliance with “'Medical Device Directive” or “FDA Approval” is not necessary. All presenting companies have to create an account on the submission and evaluation portal F6S.

For more information and to submit a medical mobile solution for the competition, go to

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