2016 DevelopmentXChange Media Advisory


Saving Lives at Birth Announces its Sixth Annual DevelopmentXChange

50 Finalists to Showcase Innovative Ideas to Save Moms and Newborns  


WHAT:  Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development’s sixth annual DevelopmentXChange: 
The annual DevelopmentXChange challenges global problem-solvers, entrepreneurs, scientists, and innovators to develop and scale their transformational solutions to improve maternal and newborn survival and address the needs of the poorest and hardest-to-reach communities around the world. After receiving roughly 650 applications, this culminating event concludes a five-month review process where 50 finalists will join 54 current Saving Lives at Birth grantees.  
The format includes an innovator pitch competition to investors and potential partners, private curated 1:1 partnering and mentoring meetings, as well as a public Innovation Marketplace of the most cutting-edge maternal and newborn life-saving innovations.  
WHO: 50 entrepreneurs from around the world will compete for the 2016 awards.   
Other attendees will be existing Saving Lives at Birth innovators; Saving Lives at Birth partners; potential collaborators, expert mentors, and global health and international development practitioners.  
WHEN: Thursday, July 28, 2016 
11:30- 4:00 pm: Pitch Competition
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Innovation Marketplace and Networking Reception, opened by USAID Administrator Gayle Smith 
6:00 pm*: Announcement of Award Nominees  
*Times subject to change, please register here http://bit.ly/2936Huu for event updates. 
Where: Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004
OTHER INFORMATION: The public can also vote for their favorite Round 6 innovations from July 5 until 5:00 pm ET on July 28. The finalist with the most votes will receive the  honorary People’s Choice Award.

For additional information, contact:

USAID Press Office: USAIDPressOfficers@usaid.gov

Grand Challenges Canada: savinglivesatbirth@grandchallenges.ca

Government of Norway: Haitham.el-noush@norad.no

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: media@gatesfoundation.org

DFID: pressoffice@dfid.gov.uk

KOICA: jssong@koica.go.kr


About Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development

Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development is a global call for groundbreaking, scalable solutions to infant and maternal mortality around the time of birth.  The program leverages the collective resources of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand

Challenges Canada (funded by the Government of Canada), UK’s Department of International Development (DFID), and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). Launched in 2011, Saving Lives at Birth is currently in its sixth award round. To date, the Partners have funded 93 innovative tools and approaches, aiming to address the 303,000 maternal deaths, 2.7 million neo-natal deaths, and 2.6 million stillbirths that occur each year.


To learn more about the finalists’ innovations, please go to: www.savinglivesatbirth.net.

For a PDF version of the media advisory, please see attached. 

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