GEC Catalyst Awards

2018 GEC Catalyst Awards

The mission of the Green Electronics Council (GEC) is to achieve a world in which only sustainable electronics are designed, manufactured and purchased. The GEC Catalyst Awards seek to inspire innovation in the design, manufacture and use of Information Technology (IT) to advance sustainability globally.

Each year the Catalyst Awards focus on a different theme. The 2018 Catalyst Awards theme wasPCHAlliance Logo Advancing Human Wellness Through IT. Through GEC’s partnership with the Personal Connected Health Alliance, the 2018 Catalyst Awards ceremony took place October 19 as part of the Connected Health Conference.

GEC provides two Catalyst Awards. The first is “Catalyzing Impact at Scale,” which recognizes organizations that have achieved a large-scale sustainability impact due to their design, manufacture and/or use of IT. The second is “Catalyzing Disruptive Innovation,” which recognizes organizations that have designed cutting-edge technologies or used technology in such a way that, if adopted widely, could lead to exponential sustainability gains.

2018 Catalyst Awards Winners

Catalyzing Impact at Scale

HP, Inc.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), every day around the world about 830 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. That figure is staggering at more than 300,000 fatalities per year. Ninety-nine percent of these avoidable deaths occur where resources are scarce and access to healthcare is limited. Together, HP and the WONDER Project have developed tools and clinical protocols for reducing maternal mortality. These technology-centric tools enable persistent remote monitoring, heightening awareness of potentially life-threatening conditions. Such technology-enabled strategies for the reduction of maternal mortality and morbidity are integral to reducing global disparities in maternal health outcomes. The initiative provides clinical care models for the delivery of services to remote populations. In this way, the program increases access to healthcare, and enables visibility to often silent risk factors that may threaten the lives of expectant mothers. You may watch a video below about the WONDER Project:

Catalyzing Disruptive Innovation

World Health Organization and International Telecommunication Union

Preventing disease is the most sustainable way of improving population health. However, it can be challenging to reach people with the right information to stop avoidable conditions from developing. Be He@lthy, Be Mobile has worked with governments since 2013 to address a global challenge around improving disease prevention by using mobile technology. The initiative’s focus is on helping people access evidence-based information to protect them against a set of diseases that are currently the biggest killers worldwide: noncommunicable diseases. The approach is deliberately designed to be scalable: instead of promoting specific products, it provides cross-cutting health content and technical support which can be used and incorporated into other applications. It also works to develop the broader ecosystem within which a national mHealth program will sit, helping to ensure that it is integrated with other health services. You may watch a video about this initiative below:

2018 Catalyst Awards Finalists

American TelePhysicians

American TelePhysicians (ATP) is a physician-led digital connected healthcare organization that envisions transforming global healthcare for the patients by establishing and interconnecting innovative healthcare ecosystems globally. These ecosystems are established around ATP’s proprietary one-stop digital healthcare marketplace solution, SHIFA4U (Shifa means Cure). SHIFA4U connects patients (and/or their caregivers on their behalf) with healthcare services and resources with price transparency by consolidating local and international healthcare services on its digital portal. The project also educates patients about various healthcare issues and also guides them about available resources and solutions thus providing them real time access to value based comprehensive care at the right time, in right place, at the right cost, by the right provider. Patients can also call dedicated clinical support line to request and process those services. You may watch a video about this initiative below:

Annum Health

There are 70 million adults in the U.S. that drink heavily, costing the U.S. economy $250 billion annually, which is more than diabetes. The 17 million adults who meet the criteria for Alcohol Use Disorder account for 80% of all substance use disorders. Excessive alcohol consumption is also a major contributor to many costly chronic diseases and several cancers. Annum Health provides a complete, mobile solution for treating the large majority of people struggling with excessive use of Alcohol, Tobacco and Cannabis – the three legal addictions. Accessed through our private and secure mobile application, individuals seeking to quit or cut back receive up to a year of treatment and support provided by an integrated team of physicians, therapists and coaches.


Baswen provides patient-generated oral medication data solutions that produce medication time evidence directly from the patient’s bottle. Baswen’s metered dose-dispensing and data-sensing technology enables a unit dose tablet to be dispensed from the bottle and captures medication evidence optically from a dispensing gate. The data can be transferred to industry real-time via mobile application, increasing medication adherence and patient compliance. The automatic sensing solution provides medication-taking evidence in real time or periodically to pharmaceutical companies, as well as regulators and payers for clinical trials and decision-making. Its medication system helps to prevent patients from misuse and overdose of drugs, also increasing medication compliance with payer coverage and reporting system. Baswen’s technology expects to help complete data flow from pharmaceutical patient medication to entire health care industries utilizing real-world data for health care of patients. You may watch a video about Baswen below:

UN World Food Programme

The World Food Programme Humanitarian Booking Hub is an innovative 24/7 humanitarian e-booking hub providing global access in one digital place to many critical services available to humanitarian workers in very remote and underserved duty stations. The hub is the one single digital stop where field accommodation, humanitarian flights, airport driver pick up, consultations in UN Clinics and with psychologists can be booked and accessed from aid workers to deliver last-mile aid. You may watch a video about this initiative below:


The Wellsmith platform delivers best-in-class health and wellness experiences to consumers demanding more insights and support between doctor visits — and even their devices. With Wellsmith, consumers with Type 2 diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart failure manage their own health. Six months after rolling out the platform to employees and patients, clinical teams at Cone Health — a leading not-for-profit network of healthcare providers in North Carolina – continue to track an average drop of 1 point in calculated A1C levels, which are used to diagnose Type 2 diabetes and to gauge how well a patient is managing diabetes – matching early results from the two-month mark. The key to this continuing success is how Wellsmith engages consumers, gives them the ability to work with clinical teams to gain more control over lifestyle choices – diet, exercise, medication compliance.


Xealth enables healthcare teams to order digital health and wellness content, apps, programs, concierge services and devices to extend their ability to support patients; from inside their EHR workflow. Patients can then access these digital health prescriptions from the provider’s portal, so that they can actively manage their health. Connecting patients directly to digital content and services gives care teams and physicians the ability to monitor the efficacy of prescribed treatment plans, and ensures a successful continuum of care that has previously been much more difficult to achieve. Xealth integrates multiple solutions, into Xealth’s Partner API and platform, for healthcare clinicians and patients in a way that is scalable and efficient to the health system and maximally engaging to the patient. You may watch a video about Xealth below:

2018 Catalyst Awards Judging Committee

Jim Ellis

Executive Director, Research Alliances and Technology Development
Lerner Research Institute

Erwan Rivet

Senior Director, Head of Software Engineering
Merck Group

John Sharp

Senior Manager
Personal Connected Health Alliance

Joel Sigler

National Environmental Program Leader
Kaiser Permanente

Indu Subaiya

Health 2.0 Executive Vice President
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMMS)

Dr. Yuebing Zheng

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science and Engineering
University of Texas at Austin

2018 Eligibility and Nomination Requirements

Nominations were open worldwide for any organization committed to a world of sustainable electronics and that understands the positive impact sustainable IT can have on human wellness. Nominations for a Catalyst Award were accepted for products, processes, policies and programs that were launched in the past five (5) years. The object of the nomination must have been the intellectual property of the nominee. All nominations were presented in English. Self-nominations and external nominations were both acceptable. All nominations submitted by an entity other than the proposed winner described their relationship at the time of submission. No entity may win two consecutive Catalyst Awards.

The Award Application is available for archival purposes at this link. Please note that the nomination process for the 2018 Catalyst Awards has now closed.

Opportunities for Recognition

The Green Electronics Council Catalyst Award provides an international platform to showcase sustainability achievements of and with electronics. Winning a Green Electronics Council Catalyst Award provides public endorsement by independent and esteemed experts, and grants inclusion in various marketing efforts to promote the winners’ accomplishments. Catalyst Award winners will be showcased via:

  • An awards ceremony held at the Connected Health Conference in October 2018
  • Programmatic inclusion in the 2018 Connected Health Conference
  • Promotion on the Green Electronics Council website and via press release
  • Promotion in Connected Health Conference marketing materials produced by the Personal Connected Health Association and the Green Electronics Council
  • Green Electronics Council co-marketing support for the winning entities
Nomination Application

Please note that the nomination period for the 2018 Catalyst Awards has now closed. Nominations were submitted in PDF format using one of the “Submit Your Nomination” buttons on this webpage. The nomination form is available for download at this link. Each nomination should be comprised of three sections: contact information, a one-page Executive Summary, and a full submission that should not exceed 5 pages. Quantitative data addressing the nomination’s sustainability and wellness claims is not required, but it may strengthen the submission if included. Each nomination must respond to all three sections below. Each question need not be answered in detail; responding to each question will enable the judges to better evaluate the submission.

Section 1:

Name of organization being recognized in the nomination (Will be publicly available)

Contact information of person submitting nomination (Will NOT be publicly available)

Section 2:

Nomination Name/Title (Will be publicly available)

Brief description of nomination (Primarily for marketing) (Will be publicly available). 500-word limit.

Executive Summary (Primarily for judging) (Will be publicly available)

  • Should be limited to one (1) page
  • Summarize how your nomination advances human wellness through the design or use of IT
  • Summarize the challenges faced by the innovation (economic, logistical, developmental, etc.) and how they have been (or will be) overcome
  • Summarize the short-term and long-term milestones and achievements

Section 3: This section allows nominees to explain in depth why their initiative should be recognized with a Catalyst Award. It has a maximum of 5 pages. The information provided in this section will not be made public without consent of the nominee. During the process for uploading your nomination packet, you will be asked if you consent to make information in Section 3 publicly available. Your answer has no bearing on the judging of this award.

Impact – Describe the projected or demonstrated benefits your nomination has on human wellness through the design or use of sustainable IT. Impacts may be direct or indirect, immediate or long-term. Some aspects to consider:

  • How is the nomination superior to current solutions?
  • How broad is the impact (local, regional, national, international)?
  • Does your nomination have any potential trade-offs with regard to human wellness?

Innovation – Describe why your nomination is innovative, and how it compares to the current solution(s). We are broadly defining innovation to mean new technologies, processes, products or policies, or using existing electronics in a new way. How might your nomination inspire and/or be used by other organizations?

Commercial Viability – Describe how your nomination is viable in both the short- and long-term.

  • Can the nomination be scaled, or has it already been scaled, to widespread deployment?
  • Describe the short-term and long-term milestones for the innovation
Judging Criteria

The Catalyst Awards Judging Committee recommends an Award to nominations that demonstrate the greatest Advancements to Human Wellness through IT. To make this determination, the judges used the following weighted criteria:

  • Impact on Human Wellness (direct and indirect) (50% of the final score)
  • Overall Innovation (25% of the final score)
  • Commercial Viability (25% of the final score)

Nominations were required to address all three sections to be eligible for a 2018 Catalyst Award. Providing quantitative evidence of a positive impact was strongly encouraged but not required.

Selection Process

Nominations were submitted online using the form available on this page. Nominations were to include an Adobe .PDF version of the nomination packet, uploaded using the upload/attach tool within the form.

All nominations went through an initial screening process by the Green Electronics Council for appropriateness, completeness, and the degree to which they address the requirements before being sent to the Judging Committee. The Judging Committee reviewed Finalist nominations as selected by the Green Electronics Council.

The winners of the 2018 Catalyst Awards were selected by a Judging Committee composed of third-party experts. Decisions of the Judging Committee were based on the criteria specified above and calculated via scoring sheets. The Committee’s decisions were final and may not be appealed.

Important Dates
  • March 26, 2018: Catalyst Award nomination process begins via Green Electronics Council website
  • July 19, 2018: Nomination period closes
  • August 15, 2018: All applicants notified of their nomination’s status
  • October 19, 2018: Winners recognized during a ceremony at the Connected Health Conference
Legal Considerations

Information submitted in a nomination shall be the intellectual property of the applicant, should not infringe on others’ intellectual property, and shall not include confidential business information. Before submitting a nomination, confirm with the appropriate advisors or legal counsel that any intellectual property described in the plan is appropriately protected.

The awards ceremony may be open to the public. This session may be broadcast to interested persons through media that may include radio, television and the Internet. Any data or information discussed or divulged by Award entrants in public sessions should be considered information that will likely enter the public realm, and entrants should not assume any right of confidentiality in any data or information discussed, divulged or presented in these sessions.

The authors of the nomination submission will retain all copyrights to the submission regarding its use at all times prior to and following the Awards judging except as stated below. Due to the nature of the Awards, the Green Electronics Council will not ask judges, reviewers, staff or the audience to agree to or sign non-disclosure statements for any participant.

The organizer of the Green Electronics Council’s Catalyst Awards may make photocopies, photographs, videotapes and/or audiotapes of the presentations including material prepared for use in the Awards ceremony. By entering the competition, you agree to grant a release to the organizers, sponsors and funding sources of the competition to use such materials without restriction. Additionally, four items that are required for registration may be shared by the Green Electronics Council publicly: 1. Nomination name/title, 2. Brief description of nomination, 3. Executive Summary, 4. Name of the organization being recognized in the nomination. For your protection, do not enter confidential information in any of these fields. The long nomination submission will only be seen by the staff of the Green Electronics Council and members of the Judging Committee.

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