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We attended the GIANT Health Event 2017 on the 29th November as press. Entering the former brewery situated on Brick Lane itself, the conference had a distinctly industrial feel, with stalls in the centre of the conference hall, with makeshift stages scattered throughout the building. First impressions aside, we felt that the venue was oddly fitting, and had a good feel to it.
We were struck by the high-quality speakers on artificial intelligence (AI) on the main stage, who were clearly driven by a motivation to use novel tech and algorithms to improve patients’ lives, for example, through the Emma, a wearable device for individuals with Parkinson’s disease . There was a great deal of excitement at the conference, particularly around new start-ups and new technologies. I was pleased that during panel discussions on AI, the high degree of hype in this space was pointed out.
On the other stages, there was a huge diversity of speakers, ranging from wearables in healthcare to lectures on improving one’s healthcare business. We attended the sessions on leveraging intellectual property for a business and digital marketing for running a business. We found these to be presented excellently by speakers who are experts in their respective fields.
The selection of stalls was very well suited for the theme, and the variety meant that even if you weren’t watching speakers then there was always something to do. Furthermore, the layout of the conference was highly conducive for networking between attendees and stall owners, which we appreciated.
While the event was, on the whole, excellent, we did note that initially there were a handful of technical difficulties with audio-visuals. In addition, the visionary speakers on the ‘green stage’ did not offer that much in terms of new ideas but instead focused on motivational speaking.
On the whole, we thoroughly enjoyed our day at the GIANT Health Event. We certainly learned a great deal about upcoming trends in healthcare and healthcare business. We would recommend medical students and junior doctors attend a day of this conference if they are interested in entrepreneurship, innovation and business. Potential conflicts of interest: The authors were provided with press passes for the GIANT Health Event 2017.