Ignite Talks Competition

5 minutes, 20 slides. What would you say?


Boston Children’s Hospital Global Pediatric Innovation Summit + Awards features all stages in the innovation cycle. The second annual Innovation Tank highlights market-ready products impacting pediatric health care. This year we’re excited to announce a companion opportunity—the Ignite Talks competition.

Ignite Talks provide a platform for collaborating on formative or grassroots research, ideas, innovations and solutions. It offers presenters the opportunity to share ideas with a large group of pediatric innovation leaders who can help bring them to fruition. Make your mark.

This year’s competitors:

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5 Finalists receive:

  • Round trip airfare + luxury hotel accomodations
  • Registration, meals, and access to social events
  • Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to network with global leaders in health care

Winner will receive:

  • One-on-one mentoring session with an influential venture capitalist
  • Exclusive meet and greet with Innovation Acceleration Team, VC’s and other stakeholders
  • An award showcasing your success
  • Apple Watch


The inaugural IGNITE Talks competition invites life sciences investigators, researchers, innovators and creative thinkers to deliver pitches on the Summit stage.


Each presenter has five minutes and 20 slides—set to auto-advance every 15 seconds—to pitch an innovation focused on advancing pediatric health care. The audience votes on a winner through an in-event mobile voting app. The winner will be recognized with a physical award and will be able to participate in an hour-long one-on-one mentoring session with an influential venture capitalist.

Criteria and Eligibility

  • Presentation must address an important and meaningful scientific, health care or medical question.
  • Presentation features a novel and innovative solution, idea or approach to a significant health care or medical problem.
  • Solution, idea, research or innovation is related to pediatric health care or has pediatric and adult applications.
  • Pitch can be a therapeutic, diagnostic, device or health care IT solution
  • If the pitch is a solution or idea, it must be in the pre-commercial or formative stage of development.
  • PowerPoint slide format must be used.
  • Applicants can be an individual or team of innovators. Only one individual will be allowed to present at the event.
  • No specific background or experience is required.
  • Applicants must demonstrate an assertion of clear title to and ownership of all rights to the ideas and information submitted.
  • Applicants must be available to pitch live to the Summit audience on Tuesday, November 10, 2015.

Applicant must submit the following:

  • Summary of presentation, not to exceed 1,000 words, including:
    • the scientific, health care or medical question being addressed
    • overview of the need or problem, including size of the market and affected population
    • description of proposed solution, including current stage of development
    • description of solution’s competitive advantage compared to other solutions
    • brief development plan
    • description of challenges and hurdles
    • description of patent rights or other proprietary rights
  • CV, resume or corporate profile for presenter
  • Signed disclaimer acknowledging that Ignite Talks is a public competition. Ideas presented may be shared and discussed through media, social media, video, etc.
  • Applicant may submit up to three (3) graphics, drawings or videos to assist in the explanation of the innovation, idea or research.

Judging Process

  • Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on September 30, 2015.
  • After an internal vetting process, Boston Children’s Hospital will select five finalists for the Ignite Talks. Applications, reviewed by an internal Boston Children’s committee, will be judged on:
    • Size of the health care problem
    • Impact the solution could have on the problem
    • Clear vision for the proposed solution
    • Novelty/innovativeness
    • Are there any significant barriers for this solution?
    • How compelling is this solution to both the public and the media?
    • Credibility of the applicant/team
  • Finalists will compete at the Taking on Tomorrow Global Pediatric Innovation Summit + Awards 2015, on Tuesday afternoon, November 10, 2015, at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston.
  • Competition will be judged by the Summit audience via a voting app.
  • Please note that no feedback will be provided to applicants not selected as finalists. All decisions are final.

Key Dates

July 21

Application submission process opens

September 30

Application submission process closes

October 20

Finalists announced

November 10

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