Projects & Opportunities


Sign - Up For Monthly "Ask the Experts" 

Calling All iCAN Youth Members -

Dr. Anthony Chang and friends have a very exciting MONTHLY series of events for YOU!  Bring a friend, tune in and share your ideas about what you want to do in research, science, innovation and technology.  

Each month, iCAN and Dr. Chang will highlight a new topic for kids around the world to discuss and participate in fun sessions.  

Please note, some sessions require advance registration to give plenty of time to have items mailed to attendees.  Be sure to register for all sessions to make sure you are on the list!  

Any questions?  email

Ends: March 24th, 2021

iCAN Youth Council Leadership Position is CLOSED

Are you interested developing into a leader at iCAN?  Do you like to help others?  Are you seeking new experiences to help your community and the greater pediatric healthcare network of research, science, innovation, advocacy and more?  Then you might be interested in becoming a iCAN Youth Council Leader.  

To submit your nomination for either yourself or an interested chapter representative, send an email to

Ends: January 30th, 2021

FDA Needs Kid Thoughts on Living with Rare Conditions

If you have been diagnosed with a rare condition and want to share your voice in a specially created video to help others understand what it is like to be a kid living with a challenging medical condition, than this is for you!  

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has invited iCAN kids living with Rare Conditions to share their story in a video to be shown throughout the FDA 

To participate, please send an email to with 'FDA Rare Conditions Video' in the subject line, and your name, age, medical condition in the email. We will reach out to you to help arrange a date and time for recording your expert patient video.  

Any questions?  email

Due: February 18th, 2021

Looking to get involved? Check out KidsX Opportunities!

KidsX has some AMAZING opportunities for youth, both living with and without a current medical condition.

These opportunities involve robots, AI, digital therapeutics, virtual reality, gameplay, and much more!

If you are interested in providing feedback to cool digital health companies starting now to February 18, please check out the opportunities linked below to see if you qualify for any of the UX tests!


Click here to view the

KidsX Opportunities!

*Must have parental consent to participate in UX tests*

*Session will not be recorded*


Due:  January 29th, 2021

Learn from the Beauty Experts at Beauty Bus!

Beauty Bus is an incredible organization who works with celebrity makeup artists and provides in-depth tutorials for patients (off all ages), hospital staff, and caregivers, has offered to partner with Hope for Henry and iCAN to learn if they have a program that is impactful to patients and if so, how to grow their reach. 


Beauty Bus has asked that they host a makeup tutorial for DC iCAN and a limited number of other iCAN members across the country where everyone will get a bag of beauty products, learn from a celebrity makeup artist, and then get to share what they thought to their chapters about tutorial. 

This event will take place

February 11, 7pm-8pm EST

via Zoom

Please email

if interested!

Due:  August 21st, 2020

What do you want us to know about kids and injections?  Help us improve the process for kids around the world - Take the survey!

iCAN is helping to create a better understanding of what kids need when dealing with injections.  

We invite all kids (and young adults) to help us by taking this survey.  


Enter this link in your browser or click below.

Due:  July 30th, 2020

Are You An Expert with These Conditions?  Read more to learn how you can help.

We have a sponsoring partner that has asked if there are any iCAN youth members living with the following rare diseases:

  • Alexander (neurological)

  • Lafora (epilepsy)

  • Pompe (lysosomal storage)


The partner would like to engage in a brief patient-voice focus group with the kiddo(s) and ask the following questions.  Parents/Guardian/Siblings are invited to join in as well.  The date and time will be set after I receive response (just email me directly with youth member information) by July 30th

Due:  EXTENDED September 30th, 2020

Parents and Kids - Share Your Voice In a Survey

Your help is needed! Share your experiences of using devices (e.g. measuring spoons, dosing cups, inhalers) to take medicine.

The European Paediatric Formulation Initiative (EuPFI) works to improve the preparation of better and safe medicines for children. One area they are interested in is the “gadgets” or devices (e.g. measuring spoons, dosing cups, inhalers) that are used to help patients take their medicine.

They are doing a research study to find out what kind of gadgets kids and young people use to take their medicines and how easy they find using them, to help find ways of making the devices more user friendly.

PARENTS/CAREGIVERS and YOUTH MEMBERS are invited to help with this project and share your experiences, by taking part in a short survey:  

Due:  June 10th, 2020

Calling all Kid Science and Medicine Buffs, Actors, and Actresses

We have a very fun opportunity for kids that have a passion in medicine and science, and also, feel comfortable in front of a camera answering questions and reading a script.  If this fits you, please reach out by July 30th, 2020 to let us know so we can pair you up with the Pediatric Trials Network to share your expertise!

Due:  June 30th, 2020

Introducing Virtual 'iCAN Leanne'!

iCAN President Leanne is missing her friends at iCAN, so we decided to have some fun and introduce virtual 'iCAN Leanne" to share the fun of what our youth members and adults are doing around the world.  To participate in this project, download, print or simply share iCAN Leanne in a picture that shows where you are or what you are doing during the time of the pandemic.  iCAN is excited to share your voice and to help remind the world of the many great things that our iCAN community is doing.  Send your pictures to and we will feature on our website.

Due: April 30th, 2020

Youth Speaker Panel Needed

If you are a youth member of iCAN and would like to be a part of a panel of youth speakers at the upcoming May 18th, 2020 virtual conference for the International Society of Pediatric Innovation (iSPI) during a session led by iCAN President, Leanne West, we would love to hear from you.  Four youth members will be considered.  Sign up today!  

Due: April 30th, 2020

Join a Virtual Council for Young Adults living with Epilepsy

KIDS Illinois and Lurie Children’s Epilepsy Center are currently working with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on a research project called Transforming Health Care for Children and Youth with Epilepsy (CYE).


For this project, the AAP would like to create a Council for Young Adults with Epilepsy across the United States. This will be a virtual council and the participants on this council will need be 18 years and older… or turning 18 very soon.


If interested, complete this very short survey:

Due: March 30th, 2020

Participate in Online Focus Group

iCAN Youth Members living with chronic or rare conditions are invited to participate in an online focus group with iCAN/UCB/Mindspot in an interactive, fun portal, while at home.  The event is scheduled for May, 2020 but we need you to sign up today.  Spaces are limited, so hurry! 

Due: January 15, 2019

Be A Researcher Part 2.

iCAN Youth Members and Adults are asked to help the Pediatric Trials Network (PTN) by reviewing language in a CONSENT.   


Please review the documents using the attached survey and share your feedback to the wording.  We want to know if it is understandable and easy-to-read, or if not, tell us.  Thank you for your help!   

Due: October 31st, 2019

FDA Patient and Caregiver Connection Program 

iCAN would like to help the FDA to promote the Patient and Caregiver Connection program by sharing your experience with specific diseases and devices. The goal of sharing this information is to better understand the youth population.  This survey is less than 4 minutes long.  

Due: October 25 - Oct 29, 2019

AAP Conference

We are looking for youth interested in representing iCAN at the American Academy of Pediatrics conference. You will present our organization at the iCAN booth. A parent or guardian must accompany each iCAN youth member. This event will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Due:  August 30th, 2019 

Take the NORD Survey 

NORD's Policy team is conducting a survey to help guide our future work. We invite you to take a moment to share your experience to help us better prioritize the needs of rare disease patients and families just like you--by taking the survey below.


Aug 18- Aug 20, 2019


We are seeking youth members to attend the PEDS2040 Conference https://peds2040.orgin Huntington Beach, CA. Youth members will be asked to work at an iCAN table and attend or assist with the Young Inventor Workshop. A parent or guardian must accompany each iCAN youth member.


Ends: August, 2021

Share Your Medical Device Experiences with AIMed

Are you interested in sharing your experiences with your medical device? Then you might be the perfect fit to share your story at the AIMed Conference Series!

The events take place on:

March 30, from 11-11:30 EST - SPOT FILLED

June 29, from 11-11:30 EST -


September 28, from 11-11:30 EST

If you are interested, please send an email to with the subject "AIMed Talk", your name, medical device, a photo, and what day of the series you would like to speak at. 

Before the event, we will have a practice session

Any questions? Email

Due: February 25th, 2021

Telemedicine Event

Interested in speaking about your wearable and/or COVID19?

Then you just might be the perfect fit for a Telemedicine Webinar on March 25!

The webinar will have clinicians and researchers, including our very own President Leanne West, who are interested in how telemedicine will look in the future with wearables, as well as how covid has changed the timeline for telemedicine and what we’ve learned!

If interested, contact us at:

Ends: March 17, 2021

Share your Clinical Research Expertise with iCAN

iCAN is working on a very important project in which we are capturing youth expertise and experiences on clinical research through recorded videos. 


The goal of this project is to provide a curriculum for other kids (and adults) that want to better understand clinical research and what that means to kids.  

The questions will be made into mini videos to help other kids understand "what is clinical research" or "what is an assent", etc..  You can answer the questions, which are linked below, in your own words using your own experiences.


The answer to each individual question can be very short - may 20 or 30 seconds max.  When you record, we can take the list and edit ourselves, so feel free to make one continuous recording. 

Clinical Research Questions

Any questions?Email

Due: March 31st, 2021

Take our survey from EPTRI

New EPTRI survey that has been reviewed by KIDS Italy, KIDS Albania, and KIDS Barcelona to create language that is comprehensible and child-friendly.


The survey is aimed at collecting data on preference of dosage forms for guiding the development of age-appropriate medicines. It was reviewed and translated by the YPAGs of Albania, Barcelona and Bari and is addressed to boys and girls up to 18 years of age. 


The survey is still open and available in 9 languages:

Due:  January 31st, 2021

Hey Kids - Check out this Assent Survey!

Hello members, get ready for a new survey!

This questionnaire will be used by iCAN to better understand kid thoughts on the following Assent Templates.


The goal for gathering this information is to ensure that all kids in the age ranges are able to understand the Assent Templates!

Check the links below to access your corresponding Assent Survey!

Ages 3-6: Click here

Ages 7-12: Click here

Ages 13-18: Click here

Due:  August 30th, 2020

iCAN Youth Council Wants to Know... take a survey!

iCAN's youth council is conducting a study on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected aspects of your life. Whether remote learning hampered your learning experience or quarantine reduced your ability to receive necessary medication, we want to hear from YOU. It will take less than 2 minutes of your time but your feedback will be invaluable in helping policy makers. 


If you have any questions please feel free to contact Ananya Ganesh at Thank you!

Survey in link below:

Due:  August 21st, 2020

Take the Survey to Tell Us What You Want for the Next Event

Dr. Anthony Chang from iSPI and AIMed would like to create a series of talks designed for kids to share their voices.  

To help us better design these sessions, we need iCAN Youth Member Feedback.  

Take the survey below by Friday, August 21, 2020 to help us create the best event!  

Due:  June 30th, 2020

Share Your Story 

Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly) is partnering with iCAN to feature art created by iCAN members under the age of 18.  Every submission that meets the criteria below will appear on the newly created website for pediatric research on Lilly TrialGuide.  The iCAN leadership team will also include the images on the iCAN website.

We would like you to submit an image that reflects your experience with healthcare, whether a photo, drawing, sketch, poem, etc.  Please check out the attached flyer.  The key is to be creative and tell your story.

Here are the criteria for submission:

Due:  July 22nd, 2020

Kids - Take the OHANA Study Survey

Your voice matters!  We have many ideas for sharing information about a pediatric clinical research study and need your help to better understand what children around the world need.  To take this brief study, visit SURVEY IS CLOSED 6/22/20 or click on the link below.  Hurry, this survey is closing soon!

Due:  June 12th, 2020

Young Authors Wanted

Calling all young authors for a chance to win a trip to Philadelphia to visit The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, CHOP Research Institute and $1,0000 cash prize.  To enter, learn about Dr. Hilleman, and write a 500-600 word essay that answers the question, “How was Dr. Hilleman’s integrity important to his success, and how is integrity important to you?” Essay should be written in English using complete sentences and appropriate grammar. One entry per person.  Application through the link below.  Good luck!  

Due: April 30th, 2020

Adult and Youth living with Rare Disease to Participate in Virtual Global Conference 

iCAN has partnered to share one youth voice and one adult voice during from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon, eastern time, on May 20th, 2020 during a virtual event dedicated to Rare Disease.  If you are diagnosed with a Rare Condition and would like to take part in this virtual experience through sharing your personal journey, participation in clinical research and iCAN, we would love to hear from you.  Contact us today to learn more.   

Due: April 30th, 2020

CANCELLED Due to FREE Virtual Summit - iCAN Summit Scholarship

iCAN Youth Members may be eligible to earn one of two scholarship(s) in memory of two special iCAN Youth Members; Kate and Felix.  The scholarships are created to support attendance at the 2020 iCAN Research Summit in Lyon, France from July 14th to July 18th, 2020.  Click on the link to see the rules and how to apply.  We can't wait to see what you do!  Good luck! 

Due: EXTENDED March 30th, 2020

Join iCAN Youth Council

Calling all iCAN youth!!  Are you interested in joining a fun group  of collaborative innovators interested in learning more about pediatric medicine and advocacy in healthcare?  Then, join us at iCAN Youth Council.  If you are interested, please send a message to the 2020 iCAN Youth Council Leader, Ananya Ganesh at  - We hope to hear your voice. 

Due: Until Full

Be a Beta Tester

Our partner, Thrust, is looking for iCAN Youth Members to help with beta testing. 


In game development, before releasing the game officially, it is often first released in two stages called the alpha and beta phases. In the beta phase, the game is likely to contain a number of issues and bugs and we need your help to make sure we find them all! We’ll also value any and all input you have to make our game as fun as possible! 

Due: October 21st, 2019

Two Parent Advisors Needed

In partnership with the Pediatric Trials Network (PTN), we are seeking two parents of young children that have experienced acute pain. The two selected parents will be asked to join the external advisory board for the Clinical Outcome Assessments for Acute Pain Therapeutics in Infants and young Children (COA-APTIC), aimed at developing a core set of clinical outcomes assessments for infants and young children (0 – 2 years of age) undergoing treatment for acute pain.  To participate, please send an email using the link below.  

Due: October 3rd, 2019 

FDA Meeting in Maryland



We need 3-4 youth diagnosed with a RARE illness, ages 8 -19 to particpate in an all-expense paid trip to "Advancing the Development of Pediatric Therapeutics (ADEPT 6) Workshop", November 11th-12th, 2019.

This will include time as part of speaking panel, plus personal interviews.  Questions to be provided in advance.  Must be willing to share diagnosis.  

Sign up by Aug 28th, 2019  

Panelists for Georgia Bio

iCAN is looking for four kids to tell their stories on "Empowering the Patient"  October 8 at 3:30 PM at the Cobb Galleria, Atlanta, GA. 


Ends: May 24, 2021

Help Select the Winner of the Mobile World Capital Hackathon!

Mobile World Capital will run a hackathon in parallel in both Barcelona, Spain and Boston, USA.  

This is open to anyone based in Barcelona or Boston with an interest in improving children's experience at the hospital: creatives, storytellers, educators, technologists, psychologists, etc. 

Begonya and KIDS Barcelona have been involved in co-creating the five challenges as group mentors and will then be leaders in selecting the winners of the hackathon.  

To help KIDS Barcelona with selection of the winners, iCAN has been included to participate as part of the final selection jury for the top ten finalists. 


The voting will be online and the platform is being finalized, with details to come soon. 

To sign up, contact your Chapter Leader!

It is expected that there will be up to 150 participants per city (applications are in teams up to 3 people per city) with a focus on 50 teams of 6 people (3 from Barcelona - 3 from Boston) sharing new ideas for kids.

The teams are focused on the following challenge areas (education, family, socialization, entertainment and mental health), in which they will create technology programs to support long-term adolescent (teen) hospital patients. 

The 2021 Mobile World Capital International Hackathon, Mobile World Capital is an  IT organization that organizes every year in Barcelona for the "Mobile World Congress". To learn more, click here

Due: February 27, 2021

Covance Rare Conditions & Pediatric Clinical Trials Video Opportunity!

Looking to voice your passion of rare conditions and pediatric clinical trials? Then we have the perfect opportunity for you!

Have your voice heard by individuals from LabCorp and Covance on your passion and interest for rare disease and pediatric clinical trials.


If you are interested in participating in this amazing discussion via the web in March or April of 2021, please contact us at:

Due:  EXTENDED February 28th, 2021

Hey Kids - iCAN is Writing A Book - share your story

On July 2nd, 2020, the iCAN Youth Council will be collecting youth "iCAN" statements to share what kids around the world have done to change their challenges into "I CAN!!!!" 


Simply write up your statement to show how you made a difficulty into a success using just 3-4 sentences. Illustrations are welcomed too.  


Share back to

Due: March 30th, 2021

iCAN Youth Council Has New Research Opportunity 

This survey based project will provide us with valuable insights as to what worked and what did not and also go a long way in helping stakeholders and health care providers recognize and prepare for challenges faced by youth with chronic illness/disabilities during times of crisis.

Please take the survey and share to all of your classmates and friends.  Use the link below to take the survey. 

All ages:  Click here

For questions, please contact iCAN Youth Council Leader, Ananya Ganesh at 

Due:  January 18th, 2021

Hey Kids - AND Parents Too!

Join us for a fun event in which we will review DigiKnowIt materials and website through an interactive focus group.  

This is a fun project for the new year. 


iCAN has been invited to share our voices in a teen panel and a parent panel. All voices around the globe are invited! You do not need to have been diagnosed with a medical condition to participate. All you need is a computer or cell phone that can provide access to dial-in.  Video is needed to see the DigiKnowIt News website as you will be asked your thoughts about the content in order to help other kids and families.  


We plan to host the Advisory Panels on Saturday, January 30th, 2021. The teen panel will be 11am to 12pm and the parent panel will be 12:30pm to 1:30pm.


Due: April 30, 2021

Take our survey from EuPFI

Due:  July 30th, 2020

Take 2 - Are you a kid actor, science buff or want to be a doctor?  

We have a very fun opportunity for kids that have a passion in medicine and science, and also, feel comfortable in front of a camera answering questions and reading a script.  If this fits you, please reach out by July 30th, 2020 to let us know so we can pair you up with the Pediatric Trials Network to share your expertise!