University of Jyväskylä

The Team POCKit as the winner of the global impact prize

The Helsinki Challenge finalist teams presented Finnish science innovations in Brussels and met with EU decision-makers. At the end of the two-day event, a group of members of the European Parliament granted Impact Prize to Team POCKit.

The Helsinki Challenge finalist teams traveled to Brussels in 26th – 27th of September 2017 to acquire new partnerships. Global Impact Camp was a two-day co-creation event in Brussels, in which the Helsinki Challenge researcher teams work together with international and EU experts focusing on societal impact of research, funding, collaboration and enhance connections to politicians and other influencers. During the Global Impact Camp, the Helsinki Challenge finalists met with Vice-President of the European Commission Jyrki Katainen, President of the European Research Council Jean-Pierre Bourguignon and Markus Nordberg, head of resources development at CERN.

It was a fantastic global impact camp that provided kickass mentors to valorize our impact plans. Reaching the stars with our innovation is more realistic now“, says team POCKIT leader Leona Gilbert from Department of Biological and Environmental Science at the University of Jyväskylä.

Seven teams have been selected in June for the final stage of the science competition intended to develop new solutions for the challenges of our changing world. Team POCKit is one of the finalist and they are creating a device for patients to test for multiple microbes and different stages of disease all at once. “We have an assertive plan to reach a million patients globally, and we will do it.”, tells Gilbert. 

Helsinki Challenge is a science competition organised by Finnish universities. The competing research teams are creating unique, multidisciplinary solutions for the future of health care, energy consumption, education and well-being. The winner of Helsinki Challenge will be announced on 24th of November. The winning team will receive €375,000 to realise their idea.

A group of members of the European Parliament selected Team<br /> POCKit as the winner of the Impact Prize.

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