FastForward is an annual competition run by Fastbleep. In 2012, the hugely successful national conference exhibited excellent ideas for innovation in healthcare in many domains, including technology and education.
FastForward was established as a competition for two reasons:
- To foster capacity in technology, education and enterprise as applied to healthcare – this is the aim of Fastbleep Events.
- To foster inter-disciplinary working among students, who are at an early stage in their career. Many good ideas come from the interface of different disciplines:
Fastbleep is a not-for-profit social enterprise with a simple vision: learning, creativity and discovery for all.
Established in Manchester in 2010 by a partnership of medical and computer science students, Fastbleep has grown into a new vision for education.
Fastbleep Schools aims to promote healthcare education and training for school-age students. We run an active programme of schools sessions throughout the North West, coupled with a developing mentoring system. Our embedded research team, based at the Universities of Manchester, Maastricht and Toronto are engaged in cutting-edge research into the relationships between social networks and learning.
Fastbleep Notes was established as a free, collaborative resource for students. Students can share learning tips and experience, as well being offered the opportunity to publish work in a supported peer-assisted environment.
Fastbleep Events is responsible for running FastForward. The Events project was established to foster capacity within technology, enterprise and education as applied to healthcare.
James Giles, Fastbleep CEO has a message for FastForward entrants:
“FastForward is a unique opportunity for students to combine creativity and enterprise. We hope it will mean different disciplines of students working together; all too often healthcare students stick to their own discipline. Fastbleep flourished when a team drawn from all four faculties of our university came together.
FastForward is also a platform for students to make a real difference to healthcare. Universities take very high achieving teenagers from all over the country, but focus their attention predominantly on exams. Imagine the possibilities if even a fraction of the enormous potential of the student body was given to innovation in healthcare.”