The Screw Cutter Project at the Clinton Global Initiative
In early March three members of the Screw Cutter team had the opportunity to attend the Clinton Global Initiative. This is a world summit where young innovators from around the world come to share their ideas and learn how to take their social innovations to the next level. Basically it’s an expo for good ideas that will make the world a better place.
The Screw Cutter Team was honoured to be among the hundreds groups selected to attend.
We witnessed many encouraging global initiative commitment makers who had goals ranging from spreading awareness about the debt crisis faced in the United States to providing temporary bathrooms in Jaipor, India. However, a major learning that came out of our trip was the importance of being able to measure your impact quantitatively, instead of qualitatively. Through many keynote sessions we learned that without collecting detailed metrics, how can you truly prove you are making a difference? As young innovators, we like to picture ourselves as entrepreneurs.
But, after this conference we have challenged ourselves, as young scientists, to bring evidence-based success to the Screw Cutter Project. We owe it to our stakeholders to collect as many data points as possible to keep improving our project.
Another particularly gratifying experience was the chance to show off the Screw Cutter to other attendees at their Health Exhibition. Not only did people get to experience cutting real orthopaedic screws first hand, but it also gave us a chance to observe people encountering the screw cutter for the first time and watching people use it gave us ideas for how to improve the ergonomics of the device.
What’s next for the Screw Cutter Project? In the effort of collecting more data points, the Screw Cutter’s next stage is to head to Uganda in April for a 2 week long usability study. Not only will our device be assessed by resident Surgeons in the operating room, but we will also be looking at the device’s ease to be sterilized and it’s adoption over the standard bolt cutters. We hope that our current device meets the expectations required, so that we can begin manufacturing the device at a larger scale to meet the needs of other countries worldwide.