Day 1: Innovo 8

Day 1 for Innovo 8 was full of coming up with ideas, deliberating passionately, and attending workshop that were both interesting and informative. By the end of the day we had narrowed it down to three broad ideas: monitoring aging relatives, problems with taking medication, and health literacy. Our wonderful team is made up of 6 members: Faith Reusing, Fashion Merchandising and Management Sophomore Kellyn Kemmerer, Textile Materials Technology Sophomore, Bryn Spezialetti, Physician Assistant Junior, Khalid Mirza, Architecture Graduate, Laurie, Occupational Therapy Graduate, and Kelly Sullivan, Industrial Design Sophomore. This diverse set of disciplines has already been helpful in broadening our horizons and learning more about the depth of this competition. What also helped us? Learning about several exciting things in our workshops

Workshops Attended:

Occupational Therapy and Textile Materials

  • Learned about how Occupational Therapy is for adapting disabled patients to their environments or how to adapt the occupation to the environment. This also went over Multiple Sclerosis patients and how finding cooling points on the body can be helpful to have them feel more comfortable.
  • There is a possibly that wires can be knitted physically into a fabric. This can be used for data collection in the body.

Who Does Your Solution Leave Out?

  • Medicine often is prejudice against/can leave out those of other races and cultures. This is a problem not only in America but also throughout the world.
  • Health, and this prompt put forth, is not only central to America. It is vital to take in to account the experiences of other cultures and countries to fully establish a solution that will be as helpful as possible.


  • Technology is driving the field of telehealth, which includes wearable tech.
  • Wearable health can go above and beyond your basic FitBit, such as tracking blood pressure, heart beat, etc.

Evidence Based Design

  • Evidence Based Design is the process of making decisions about the built environment to support health and healing.
  • This helps to provide an environment that is safe and supports healing and sustainability.

Genetics in Healthcare

  • Using the human genome was supposed to change healthcare and the way we treat people, but this didn’t happen because the genome is so complex.
  • Precision medicine is the idea to go out in the world and observe genetic variability in people.

Innovation in the Health Care Space

  • PESTDEL = Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Legal Factors, Environmental Factors, and Demographics.
  • Personal Relationships and narrative medicine are everything in making a patient feel safe and trusting.


  • We help keep our microbiome healthy with prebiotics, probiotics, and antibiotics.
  • Just because a gene is present in a genome does not mean that it is active.

Our Normal Flora

  • The “flora” of our body is ever-changing and modulates out immune system and immune response.
  • The human micro biome also includes viruses, yeast, and fungi, not only bacteria.

Personal Health in a Changing Climate

  • Many deaths and illnesses can be related to extreme weather changes.
  • Vector born diseases: disease agents transmitted by small creatures, such as ticks and mosquitoes.

With all of our ideas flowing and research to be done, we finished for the night, excited to group back together tomorrow. Look forward to what Innovo 8 has to offer, because we sure are!

Enjoy these pictures from our day:

Innovo 8