Meet the Pitch Day Judges

Oct 9, 2013, 8:00 AM, Posted by Pioneer Blog Team

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With the first-ever Pioneer Pitch Day (#pioneerpitch) around the corner, we wanted to take a minute to put the spotlight on our incredible line-up of guest judges, who will be joining RWJF staff to evaluate finalists’ presentations. We asked them to tell us why they decided to participate in Pitch Day – and we asked them to keep their answers to approximately the length of a tweet (140 characters). Here are some of their responses:

“The key to health is often implementation rather than awesome tech, so I'm eager to hear how pitchers will turn their ideas into reality." - Leading Angel Investor Esther Dyson (@edyson)

“People experience products, services & spaces, not technology, science or medicine. We need more design sensibility & creative confidence in health services.” - IDEO Life Sciences Chief Strategist Rodrigo Martinez (@rodrigoatcg)

“Fundamental improvements to health require a deep understanding of human behavior. Pitch Day unleashes creative ideas for change.” - NPR Science Correspondent Shankar Vedantam (@hiddenbrain)

“There's nothing better than seeing the energy and spirit of new entrepreneurs tackling hard problems with innovative solutions.” - PatientsLikeMe Co-Founder and President Ben Heywood (@patientslikeme)

“When we enable new innovations and applications in health, we support living, loving, and laughing a little longer amongst our species.” - Rhode Island School of Design President John Maeda (@johnmaeda)

See a full list of Pitch Day judges and meet the eight finalists who will present their ideas.

We’ll be live tweeting on Pitch Day (October 16) from the AppNexus headquarters in NYC; join the discussion at #pioneerpitch.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Pioneering Ideas blog.