Question: Can two entries can be submitted from the same organization?
Answer: Yes, we will accept multiple entries from the same organization if they are submitted by different lead people (i.e. designer, investigator, etc.).
Question: Is this contest solving for a specific geography or targeting a specific culture?
Answer: Because the problems in the design of the child health record are global in scope, this contest is not restricted to focus on a particular country or set of countries. You have the option of noting a specific country you would like to focus on and articulating that in the narrative, and you can submit a record in any language as long as you submit the record in English as well (as noted in the minimum requirements). We are most interested in ideas and innovations that can be applied broadly- though understand that in many cases local adaptations are necessary.
We can direct you to this immunization card repository that has cards from multiple countries. We recommend looking through this to get ideas about what current cards look like and then you can either chose to re-design one of these cards, please note which you chose, or you can begin from scratch and design a card with a completely new and innovative approach. Please follow-up if you need additional clarification on this.
Question: What can we assume about the existing infrastructure in places where these child health records will be used?
Answer: We will be most interested in broadly applicable solutions that can be used even in very remote communities with minimal access to electricity, roads and other forms of infrastructure.
Question: Can the design solution be digital?
Answer: The design solution can be a combination (digital and paper-based) or paper-based. If you are pursuing a combination solution, it will be important to consider the extent to which you can apply the solution broadly. Because the problems in the design of the child health record are global in scope, this contest is not restricted to focus on a particular country or set of countries and we want to make sure that countries with little infrastructure can implement the solution. Related to that, swapping one style of paper for another has next to no cost for the country- a combination solution may bring additional cost. While we do not want cost to be a restricting factor that impedes innovation during this contest, it’s important to note that many countries currently spend ~$0.10/child to print the health records, and solutions that cost many orders of magnitude greater than that will be hard to implement broadly (per earlier point).
Question: Are there any size restrictions to the record?
Answer: In terms of size restrictions, there are none, but to take either extreme- a record that’s way too small might struggle with the Clarity criteria, and a record that’s way too big might struggle in terms of Durability (e.g. difficult to store) and Value to health workers and Value to caregivers (e.g. unwieldy to handle, read and understand).
Question: Would an actual printed out copy of the design be worth sending as well as an electronic version?
Answer: If you feel that an electronic version does not adequately convey your submission, then you should send a printed copy. But we do not require a printed copy for submission. If you would like to submit a physical component, please send this to 1432 Elliott Avenue West, Seattle, WA 98119 and mark it as Attention: Records for Life contest.