HIHI Spark Ignite 2020

HIHI Spark Ignite is the only staff-facing, bottom up, innovation competition available to the 115,000+ HSE employees. Its mission is to enable HSE staff to validate unmet needs in healthcare, determine if a market exists for their proposed solution, product, or service to meet that need, and to support the further development of those ideas.

See a testimonial from one of our participants – Norma Caples

Applications to HIHI Spark Ignite 2020 have now closed. We are currently reviewing all applications and will contact you by email with an outcome. All other Spark Ignite plans have been postponed until further notice.

This decision was made to accommodate those who may still want to submit, however with this unforeseen series of events, may not be in the position to do so.

If you are struggling to upload your Spark Ignite application through our online portal, then please email us at info@hih.ie with the following headings filled in:

  • The completed application document
  • Your full name
  • Which HIHI office is closest to you
  • Contact email address
  • Your job title
  • Your organisation
  • Your role
  • Your clinical location
  • Project title
  • How you heard about the competition
  • Consent to GDPR requirement to allow us to review your application (Yes or No)

Applications are simple and straight forward submitted via an online portal to HIHI.

You can find further information on the Promotional Flyer (available for download here)
and on the Application Form (available for download here).

All applications are to be submitted by completing the above application form and submitting it via this link.

Closing date is 5pm on Wed 18 March, 2020

Assessment Criteria

Applications will be assessed on the following four areas:

  • What is the problem you wish to address?
  • What are the current solutions?
  • Who does the problem affect – patients, carers, clinical teams, administration, managers, etc.?
  • What is your solution?



Here is a live recording of our Spark Ignite webinar. This recording gives and overview of the application form. Questions from the audience are shown on the screen in type and answered by the team. The FAQ is also discussed. See the time points below.

00:00 Introduction
01:42 Application Process
01:59 Section 2 The Problem
02:49 Section 3 Current Solutions
03:12 Section 4 Stakeholders
03:58 Section 5 Your Solution
05:14 What the winners receive
06:01 The 2018 Winners

Questions from the floor
07:24 Are there any specific categories to guide what can enter?
07:57 What stage does the idea need to be at?
08:36 If your idea will cost money, where will the money come from?
09:43 Can you provide a mentor if my idea is at an embryonic stage?
11:38 If the problem has been solved in another hospital, but not mine… Can I still enter?
14:40 What will the pitch session be like?
15:17 Are the prizes awarded nationally, or in each region?
15:49 Are the workshops just for those who are shortlisted?
16:11 Is there a timetable for HIHI workshops?
16:28 FAQ run through. These questions can also be found above.