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Invent with King’s: Value-driven Healthcare Technologies 2020: Technologies for COVID-19 Crisis

Key information

Subject area:

Life Sciences & Medicine

Course type:

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Credit level:

Not for credit


5 weeks (2 sessions per week)

Available course dates:

To be confirmed

Course overview

This online course offers an opportunity to hear from COVID warriors on ground, working in healthcare, and essential services. You will hear from the COVID Warriors, and develop insights into problems that the pandemic has brought upon us.

You will also hear from inspirational innovators, who have responded to the challenges, and are attempting to bring ingenious solutions to the market.

Finally, you will be coached in the Discover-Define-Design-Develop-Deploy methodology. Working in teams and coached by design thinkers you will apply design thinking for solving problems in your neighbourhood and around the world.

What does this course cover?

King’s, in partnership with several front-line workers/practitioners/academics from global institutions, gives participants an opportunity to learn the art and science of developing medical technologies by applying design thinking to solve challenges created by COVID-19.

You will learn about the challenges created by COVID-19. Among the speakers would be Healthcare Professionals, Frontline workers, Patients, Survivors, and Innovators from different parts of the globe – including UK, Europe, India, Japan, Africa, North and South America.

You will work in interdisciplinary teams to design and propose solutions for challenges thrown by COVID-19 using the 5D model (Discover-Define-Design-Develop-Deploy) of medical technology development.

Click here to read conversations from previous courses on developing low-cost, high-impact health technologies. 

What will I achieve?

  1. Understand the healthcare challenges thrown by Covid-19
  2. Use design thinking as a tool for problem solving
  3. Understand and innovate for challenges to healthcare technology adoption
  4. Understand the roles of various stakeholders in healthcare delivery 

Who will I learn with?

Prashant Jha

Prashant Jha

Head of Affordable Medical Technologies

Who is this for?

Students and professionals from the following areas would benefit from attending this course:

  • Healthcare (e.g. community care, nurse, doctor, physiotherapist);
  • Engineering (e.g. mechanical, electronics, computer and data sciences, artificial intelligence;
  • Design (product, graphics, interaction, user interaction, use experience);
  • Business (sales, marketing, manufacturing management)

What is the teaching schedule?

This course is taught over 6 weeks, with two teaching sessions each week. 

Week One

  • Introduction and Welcome
  • On the Frontline # 1
  • On the Frontline # 2
  • On the Frontline # 3
  • Intent to Invent # 1

Week Two

  • On the Frontline # 4
  • On the Frontline # 5
  • On the Frontline # 6
  • Intent to Invent # 2
  • Let’s Invent # 1

Week Three

  • On the Frontline # 7
  • On the Frontline # 8
  • On the Frontline # 9
  • Intent to Invent # 3
  • Let’s Invent # 2

Week Four

  • Intent to Invent # 4
  • Intent to Invent # 5
  • Let’s Invent # 3
  • Team Workshop # 1

Week Five

  • Let’s Invent # 4
  • Let’s Invent # 5
  • Team Workshop # 2
  • Pitch session #1
  • Graduation meetup


Fees and discounts

  • Full fee: £600

There are limited discounted places available for:

  • Early Bird: £540
  • Students: £510
  • King's Staff & Alumni: £510
  • UN Least Developed Country (LDC) Participants: £150

Further information

Employer Funded - Payment by Invoice

This option is only available if your course fee is being paid for by your employer or company. If you are eligible for any discounts, you will be able to select this during the checkout process.

Please note you will need to provide the following information during checkout:

  • full name of the company
  • web URL address of the company
  • company finance department address to which the course fee invoice will be posted to
  • email address where the invoice can be sent
  • purchase order reference (if needed) – this is a reference which your company may need to be shown on the invoice in order to make payment to King’s
  • the name of the individual at the company, responsible for approving the invoice from King’s
  • the contact details of this individual, including their job title, department; email and telephone number

Please note that King’s College London payment terms are 30 days from the date of the invoice.