GEC Catalyst Awards
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.
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.
Each year the Catalyst Awards focus on a different theme. The 2018 Catalyst Awards theme was 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.
The winners of the 2018 GEC Catalyst Awards are shown below. For additional information about the 2018 Catalyst Awards, including a list of the Finalists and Judging Committee members, please click this link. You may also use the Quick Links on the left side of this page to read about any previous GEC Catalyst Awards process.
2018 Catalyst Awards Winners
Catalyzing Impact at Scale
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: