PATH launches campaign to highlight and advance the Innovation Effect

June 13, 2016 by PATH

Events in Washington, DC and digital campaign focus on the vital role of innovation to tackle global health challenges, and aim to identify actions that power disruptive solutions

Today, PATH is launching a new conversation and call-to-action to highlight and drive forward the Innovation Effect. The Innovation Effect happens when unique partnerships, disruptive technologies, transformed systems, and data-driven insights combine–in often unexpected ways–creating dramatic improvements in the health and well-being of people around the world.

The campaign will kick off with two events–held with partners from across public and private sectors–and a series of digital activities to drive engagement in Washington, DC, as well as online through #InnovationEffect.

Devex World

On June 14, PATH is a top-level sponsor of Devex World 2016, which will bring together hundreds of key players across global development: public and private, NGO and business; foundation and social enterprise, and others. This global development event will discuss critical questions facing the sector and draw out new ideas for achieving higher impact and greater efficiency to transform lives, faster.

Key moments:

  • PATH President and CEO Steve Davis will speak about the future of social innovation on a plenary session titled "How Institutions are Shifting in the New World".
  • Amie Batson, Chief Strategy Officer and Vice President of strategy and learning, will share her ideas about how "Business is Transforming Development" in a concurrent session.
  • Three PATH leaders will present "flash talks," TED-talk style speeches, on key developments in women's empowerment, clean water, and how quality data drives decision-making to improve health.
  • A PATH exhibit will host "meet the expert" sessions and showcase PATH technologies.
  • Portions of the event will be live-streamed on PATH's Facebook channel and live results of real-time polling about global health innovation will be shared via @PATHtweets.

The Innovation Effect Summit

On June 15, 2016, PATH, in partnership with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Devex, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Tableau Foundation, United Nations Foundation, US Agency for International Development (USAID) and Johnson & Johnson will host The Innovation Effect: Powering Disruptive Global Health Solutions. This day-long summit will convene more than 150 leaders in innovation and global health–including US government officials, policy experts, private sector leaders, entrepreneurs and thought leaders in international development–to catalyze collaboration, chart a course for policy action, and accelerate momentum to put innovation at the center of global health.

Highlights include:

  • Keynote by Dr. Tom Frieden, Director, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the role of the US in advancing global health and development
  • Remarks by Jackie Chang, Head, Global Partnerships for Free Basics, Facebook.
  • Interactive conversations about:
    • Policymaker and technologist: allies, enemies, or ships passing in the night?
    • The role of women: what does innovation with a gender lens look like?
    • Priorities for a new administration: what policy actions would move the dial?

To learn more, watch the video and join the conversation at #InnovationEffect.

Posted June 13, 2016.