We need you to help us Rewrite the Cancer story

Together we can innovate, inspire and create change.

The Rewrite Cancer Innovation Challenge:

Recent advances in testing and genomic profiling have started to improve the way patients and physicians can identify the optimal treatment path based on specific tumour biomarkers. However, access to the right testing at the right time can vary by geography. How do we improve awareness and availability of testing in community care and rural settings to ensure patients receive the most appropriate treatment for their cancer?

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Your ideas could help improve the cancer experience

One winning submission from each of the four categories outlined below may have the opportunity to further develop their ideas with a benefit of funds or in-kind services of up to a maximum value of $50,000 CAD. This benefit can include research support and partnerships with policy experts, advocacy groups and medical professionals.

Get inspired. Read about last year’s winners here

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How it Works

Teams will collaborate to discuss, brainstorm, rethink and offer a solution to the Challenge, and help Rewrite the story of cancer for tomorrow’s patients.

Each team must provide their response to the Challenge using the Challenge submission form:

Each team’s submission must fit in to one of four categories:

  • Patient Disease Awareness and Education
  • Patient Support
  • Health Policy
  • Medical Education

Please see the Rewrite Cancer Innovation Challenge Official Rules and Regulations for further details on each of these categories.

Submissions must align to one or more of the following disease areas:

  • Lung cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Hematology
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Melanoma
  • Kidney cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Bladder cancer

Submissions must also:

  • Be written in the English language
  • Be no more than 1,000 words in length
  • Come in the form of a PDF (up to 20MB)

Include the following information:

  • Team name
  • Team leader’s name and email address
  • Team members’ names and email addresses
  • City
  • Company, institution or organization team represents
  • Submission category

Two supplemental files, such as photos (PNG or JPG up to 10MB per photo) and videos (MP4 up to 1GB), may also accompany submissions.

Each team can ask the Steering committee up to two questions to help guide the development of their submission. The Steering committee will review and answer questions submitted. Questions and answers will then be compiled and shared with all registered teams.

Once the Challenge closes, the Steering committee will review and evaluate all submissions, and choose the winning submission(s) in June 2019.

Important Dates

Registration OpensJanuary 14, 2019

Submit QuestionsFebruary 19, 2019

Submission DeadlineApril 1, 2019

Evaluation Criteria

Submissions must have a clear approach that offers an innovative solution to the Challenge. Each submission will be reviewed by the Rewrite Cancer Steering committee of oncology experts based on the following criteria:

  • Clarity of outlined proposal
  • Evidence of a well thought out design (e.g. approach, executional considerations, resources, etc.)
  • Methods of measuring impact/outcome
  • Feasibility and broad applicability
  • Innovative thinking

Please see the Rewrite Cancer Innovation Challenge Official Rules and Regulations for full details and weighting on evaluation criteria.