Innovation on Big Data for Healthy Living


IBD4Health’s mission is to teach advanced topics related to Big Data computing and analytics for health and wellbeing, as well as to enhance innovation and entrepreneurial awareness among participants.

eit Health_90The IBD4Health School is supported by EIT Health, a body of the European Union part of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT).


This School will include presentations by researchers on Big Data, as well as presentations by company experts on Business models. The theme of the Summer School focuses on the technology, business, value chain, safety and security aspects of future Health Clouds. The School provides participants with a broad but high-level scientific background in the field, and important skills such as teamwork, management of complex processes, conceptual approaches, entrepreneurship and high intercultural awareness.

Through the case study on obesity, multidisciplinary participants will be invited to discover, step by step, the main sources of data and efforts to develop new tools on large-scale data processing application, which involves very complex systems and sophisticated mechanisms. Data collection on a large scale could provide materials for in-depth analysis of different causal and contributory factors, supporting the development of effective interventions and public health approaches to tackle obesity.

During the School, the participants will be introduced to Creative Thinking as well as applied Design Thinking challenge and Pitching. And finally, throughout the last day, they will present (pitch) their projects in front of a business panel, who will join the session and provide their valuable feedback. IBD4Health will be held from June 27th to July 6th, 2016 at ESI, Archamps Technopole (France), 15 minutes from Geneva Airport.


The Summer School program starts June 27 afternoon with introductory plenary lectures and ends July 6 with a pitching session and closing ceremony. Everyday sessions mix a comprehensive range of practical tools and real life experiences. Time off between the sessions will allow participants to work on individual or team projects.

  • Lecture sessions: Health, wellbeing, obesity and data challenges
    During this sessions, plenary lectures introduce obesity as case study and highlight application domains (including biomedicine, social and economy), data collection and efficient computing, ethics and personal protection.
  • Hands-on sessions: Data oriented design, collection, computing and analytics
    During this sessions, hands-on activities introduces the state-of-the-art on Big Data Technologies: from oriented design, collection (large scale sensors, internet of things, structured versus unstructured data, semantic metadata and ontologies, etc.), storage, computing, security and privacy (cloud computing, etc.) and big data analytics (machine learning, integration and interplay of statistical and deductive methods).
  • Team working sessions: Innovation and entrepreneurship
    This sessions are devoted to the evolution of innovative ideas in multidisciplinary teams translating them into value creation through business model innovation. Participants are introduced to Creative Thinking as well as applied Design Thinking and Pitching. The Study Case method is also applied for this session to explore user and market profiles, and explore product/service concepts and business models.

Final pitching event: Competition for the best innovative ideas and business plans
This session is organised as a competitive platform for the best ideas and business plans with the opportunity of further development for the most promising teams via the EIT Health Accelerator). Participants have a unique opportunity to promote (pitch) their ideas in front of a business panel including industry members, and delegates from EIT Health CLCs (and Education Working Groups), EIT Health Accelerator, CERN KT Group (IdeaSquare). An official Closing Ceremony, where all participants will receive a certification of attendance, is organised in July 6.

Download the draft programme (currently being updated)

Learning outcomes
  • In-depth knowledge of Big Data challenges in Health and Wellbeing and Aging, research into chronic diseases.
  • Practical experience of complex-problem solving through the Obesity Case Study.
  • Familiarity with big data challenges regarding design, collection, storage, cloud computing, data analytics, data privacy, visualization, and a range of specific applications and tools.
  • A firm grasp of the systemic approach to identifying needs and inventing/implementing new technologies in healthcare and wellbeing (Creative Thinking); assessing originality, impact potential, feasibility and sustainability, via appropriate regulatory, marketing and business strategies; resolving the challenges of sharing protected data.
  • Experience of writing and defending orally an executive summary and of using  teamwork to enhance a group’s performance.
Examination and credits rewarded

Student evaluation is centred on three main criteria: the understanding of clinical needs, the representation of the biodesign key components (what the student has learned of the “identify, invent, implement” innovation process?), and the quality of promoted ideas. 6 ECTS are awarded after taking part in the Oral defense (Pitching session), and after sublitting an individual assignment (deliverables) no later than two weeks after the Summer School.


PParticipation in the School is free for students from EIT Health’s institutions. This includes costs for all program items, including meals and social events during the schools. Ten scholarships are offered by CASyM and Partner Institutions. If applicants are unable to cover travel and lodging costs, they should contact the school’s organiser for details on how to apply for the School’s fund. For further information please contact:

Deadline for applications

March 1- May 15, 2017

Location and dates

European Scientific Institute, Archamps Technopole, France (15 mins. From Geneva airport)
July 03 -13, 2017

Partner Institutions

IBD4Health is jointly organised by Université Grenoble Alpes, Universitat de Barcelona and European Scientific Institute (EIT-Health Project General Agreement and Erasmus Mundus Framework Partnership Agreement). IBD4Health associates the following Partner Institutions: Karolinska Institutet, KU Leuven, Maastricht University, Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital and Research Institute, Ljubljana University, CHU Grenoble Alpes, Clinic Hospital, Bull, Viseo, Almerys-Gnùbila, Uniquer, AQUaS, Eurecat, Elixir, and Cook2Health partners (Seb and Agir@Dom).

Image1This school is organized in partnership with the Coordinating Action Systems Medicine (CASyM), which is a multidisciplinary European consortium that joined forces to develop an implementation strategy for Systems Medicine.


PatientMinerPatientMiner  and Cook2Health, which are cook2healthEIT-Health innovation by design projects (2016) lead by UGA and Seb for using medical report and providing easy personalized recipes to adopt healthy dietary habits to prevent chronic diseases.