The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Norway (Norad), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada (funded by the Government of Canada), the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID), and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) warmly invite you to the 8th annual DevelopmentXChange event for Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development. The event brings together our current innovators, as well as promising candidates for the Round 8 awards. This year, our program received an impressive set of nearly 500 applications.

The DevelopmentXChange is a key feature of the Saving Lives at Birth program, bringing together a community of diverse innovators who are tackling this challenge through advancements in science and technology, innovative service delivery models, and novel demand generation approaches. Over the last 7 years, we have sourced and supported 115 distinct innovations and seen many of our recipients receive global recognition and accolades for the impact they have achieved. We invite you to Washington, D.C. on July 26 to meet our inspiring innovators; they are some of the most cutting-edge innovators in the sphere of maternal and newborn health.

July 26 Agenda (Please note, timing is subject to change)

  • Opening Session/Plenary — 9:00 AM 
  • Pitch Competition — 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM 
    Watch entrepreneurs, implementers, and pioneers show how they are pushing the boundaries of innovation during the live Pitch Competition.
  • BUMP Performance — 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    We are excited to announce a featured performance of scenes from BUMP, this year's mainstage production of the Ensemble Studio Theater/Sloan Project, inspired by Jorge Odón, the Argentinian car mechanic and innovator behind the SL@B-supported Odon Device. Following the production, a panel of special guests will discuss the inspiration behind the play, the role of innovation at the intersection of art & science, and the importance of partnerships to make it all happen. 
  • Innovation Marketplace & Reception— 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM 
    Explore the open Marketplace and learn about some of today's most cutting-edge technologies from competing finalists and current grantees who are improving maternal and newborn health. You can network with experts, partners, current Saving Lives at Birth grantees, and the Saving Lives at Birth Round 8 finalists during our reception.
    Keynote by The Honorable Joy Phumaphi, the Chair of the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health, Executive Secretary of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance, and the former Minister of Health of Botswana.

People's Choice Award Voting
It's that time to submit your vote! Join us for this exciting opportunity and vote for your favorite Saving Lives at Birth Round 8 finalist for the 2018 DevelopmentXChange People's Choice Award. The innovation with the most votes will be announced during the Innovation Marketplace Reception on July 26. Vote now! 
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Please note, if you click this link to vote you will need to come back to this page to register for the event.

Traveling to the DevelopmentXChange Event
Unfortunately, we can not provide funding for travel to the DevelopmentXChange event. Attendees planning to travel to the event will be responsible for all travel costs, including visa fees, flights, accommodation, and any other costs. We hope you will be able to join us in July!

Please fill out the form below to register for the DevelopmentXChange on July 26.