Call for Entries: NICU Design Competition

I received an email from the LinkedIn Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) & Quality Innovators group advertising an NICU design competition. You can download a PDF of the information package from the website: Institute for Patient-Centered Design, Inc. Design Competition. There are two categories for this competition – theoretical and actual facilities.

From the website:

Eligibility:
2013 Patient & Family Centered NICU Design Competition is open to licensed
and unlicensed design professionals and others with an interest in healthcare
design.  Eligible participants include architects, interior designers, planners,
healthcare professionals, patients, researchers and/or students.
Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged, but not required.

Award:
The top three submissions (selected by our jury) will each receive one free full
registration to attend the 2013 Healthcare Design Conference in Orlando,
Florida, where they will be our special guests at the Third Annual
Patient-Centered Design Reception, held on opening night of the conference.
The first, second and third place submissions will be announced during the
reception; and 2013 Patient & Family Centered NICU, inspired by the winning
submissions will be unveiled.

Schedule: (from their PDF) image

So, what do you think?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Do you want to try this competition? Are ideas flying around your brain? Do you think its worth the prize? Do you think competitions like this are worth participating in even though there is no job at the end?

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