Health-e-Child wins Best Exhibit Award ICT 2008

Lyon 03 December 2008Health-e-Child, an Enabling Grids for E-sciencE (EGEE) supported project connecting paediatrics health care professionals with Grid technology, was awarded the ICT 2008 Exhibit Grand Prize worth 10.000 euro, at the largest European conference of the year on Information and Communication Technologies held in Lyon, France, 25-27 November 2008.


The European Commission selected, out of a significant number of demonstration proposals, 198 to show live on-site. During the two days, attendees were invited to vote for the best ones and Health-e-Child gave about 120 demonstrations continuously, within the "ICT for Wellbeing" village. From this poll, 10 demonstrations were retained for the last round, and the 3 best were announced in the closing plenary session. Health-e-Child has received the greatest distinction: the "Best Exhibition Award - 1st Prize" and thus is displayed on the home page of the conference website of the European Commission.

The Health-e-Child project uses Grid 'supercomputing' technology to connect and inform paediatrics health care professionals. Health-e-Child is a European distributed computing project that fits Grid technology to paediatric medicine. It connects hospitals and participating institutions - allowing them to share integrated, multi-level information.

Health-e-Child aims to provide uninhibited access to European biomedical knowledge sources for personalised and preventative health care, large-scale biomedical research and training, and informed policy-making in the field of children's medicine. The project focuses on individualised screening, diagnosis, therapy and follow-up of paediatric heart diseases, inflammatory diseases, and brain tumours for which it is developing innovative software tools. Involving health care professionals, industry and Grid computing specialists, the European Union funded (FP6) project plans to collate and harmonise data in order to improve its storage and access.

The HoloVizio exhibit was the runner-up for the ICT 2008 Exhibit Grand Prize and u-2010, a system for providing crucial data to emergency services at disaster sites, came in third place. HoloVizio, developed by Holografika, won 3000 euro, donated by sponsor Nokia for their pioneering 3D display system.

Some 4500 delegates registered for ICT 2008, making Lyon one of the best-attended ICT Events ever. The event presented Europe's priorities for ICT research, development and funding. A host of leading personalities from the world of ICT looked at how Europe can lead the ICT agenda for the next decade.

More information is available at the Thematic Portal of Europe's Information Society and at the Health-e-Child project website.

Source: Health-e-Child

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