headerAbout the conference

The Innovation for Day One Conference will be held in person, in Houston, Texas, at the Bioscience Research Collaborative on Rice University's campus from Wednesday, September 25 through Friday, September 27, 2024.

Healthy outcomes start with innovation. This year’s theme will focus on making impacts now and innovation opportunities to end preventable newborn and maternal deaths.

healthy outcomes for moms and babies

Who We Are

Innovation for Day One is a conference organized by the Rice360 Institute for Global Health Technologies and the maternal newborn health community to explore groundbreaking tools and approaches for healthy outcomes for mothers and babies in resource-limited communities. On day one of their baby’s life, mothers should be able to share stories of love, hope, and happiness. Unfortunately, most maternal and newborn deaths occur at the time of delivery to the first two days of a newborn’s life. The Innovation for Day One Conference is an opportunity to foster discussion among researchers across a variety of disciplines whose work advances treatment, technologies, and learnings in maternal and newborn survival. Together, we will take collective action to drive health equity for mothers and babies around the world.

Keynote Speakers

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Gregory Dajer

Director, MTTS Asia

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Anne Shee CC Lee

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics - Harvard University

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Kristoffer Gandrup Marino

Chief of Innovation, UNICEF (tentative)

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Ranjani Ramamurthy

Vice President of Program Innovation, Global Health Labs

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Lina Sayed

CEO, Gradian Health Systems

Submit an Abstract

The submission window for the 2024 Innovation for Day One Conference opens on June 1, 2024, and closes on July 15, 2024, at 11:59 PM CT. We are looking for research and findings related to one of our four tracks: maternal health innovation, newborn health innovation, digital health innovation, and commercialization, scale, and sustainability. Learn more about submitting an abstract by visiting: rice360.rice.edu/abstract-submission

Selected abstracts will be notified by August 1, 2024.


Conference Dates: September 25-27, 2024

Register by visiting our registration page or register using this link. (https://riceconnect.rice.edu/Innovation-for-Day-One)

  • Early Registration Period: June 1 - August 31, 2024
  • General Registration Period: September 1 - September 21, 2024

*exclusive merch will be provided for those who register during the early registration period.