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Calling all Flagler, St. Johns, and Volusia county high school students!  Ready to shape the new future of healthcare?  Let’s do it together!    


The University of North Florida, along with the City of Palm Coast and Flagler County Schools, are proud to present the 2021 MedNexus Innovation Challenge, a team-based entrepreneurship competition showcasing to regional high school students tasked to pitch their solutions to Florida’s evolving healthcare needs.     


Meeting the demands of Florida’s growing healthcare systems requires new, innovative services and technology focused solutions to underserved healthcare areas. The selected 2021 MedNexus Innovation Challenge competition themes surround three main health areas:

  •    Advancing Telemedicine
  •    Improving Mental Health Services for Young Adults
  •    Enhancing Soft Skills in Healthcare

Ideal for any aspiring student exploring healthcare and technology career paths, participants will develop leadership, teamwork, and communication skills while receiving personalized coaching from their team’s assigned UNF faculty member and other healthcare professionals. 


With a chance to receive cash and in-kind prizes, mentoring by top university faculty, and opportunities to provide innovative solutions to real healthcare needs within Florida’s First Coast, the MedNexus Innovation Challenge provides educational opportunities for all students while creating spark to modernize Florida’s healthcare system.  


1st place winner - $1500 scholarship prize money per team member 
2nd place winner - $1250 scholarship prize money per team member 
3rd place winner - $750 scholarship prize money per team member

Congrats to our 2021 MedNexus Innovation Challenge Winners!

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  An app that allows students or professionals to practice the necessary soft skills required for their healthcare specialty. App features include: mentor communication, practice system, quizzes, and automated voice responses.
A holographic technology software for existing medical drones. When a medical drone arrives with supplies in emergency situations, the Holodrone software allows the recipient to press a button which projects a three-dimensional image and video of a professional explaining how to use the equipment.    A platform that improves virtual patient-physician interactions and encourages diverse patient populations by allowing users to explore health care specialists based on wants and needs. Users can be matches by a variety of criteria such as race, insurance, language, and medical history, reviews, etc.




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