The “Innovation Challenge Week for Healthcare”, a project presented in Re-imagine the Education 2016, is an example of the “Semana i” implemented projects. The challenge was for the medical students: solutions to 10 health problems (cancer, diabetes, mental health, among others) had to be proposed based on perspectives outside the medical context; they visited the business process of several companies at the Technological Park in Monterrey (ie: ham and meat production, 3D printing and modeling, packaging, optical systems, synthesis of diamonds based on tequila). Final proposals were presented in poster format, and a team of professors evaluated the competencies acquired by the students. Some of the innovative proposals presented were: a) Osteoporosis in a senescent world: seeking solutions through material engineering; b) Detecting errors in cold chain, in vaccines; c) Nanodiamonds of tequila: a brilliant treatment for cancer; d) Early detection of lung cancer through breath-based screening.
To support TEC 21 educational model, we have developed an ecosystem that was enriched by participating in the QS Reimagine Education community (more than 46 projects were submitted to the conference during the last three years, 19 were shortlisted, and 7 awarded). One central element of this ecosystem is TecLabs, an innovation unit in charge of designing, experimenting and developing disruptive learning models in order to further the future of higher education. Within TecLabs, there are other initiatives such as: