Diabetes innovation challenge - deadline is July 31st

Following on my last post about citizen science, which relied on members of TuDiabetes for data collection, I just learned that Manny Hernandez, founder of the diabetes social network, is one of  seven judges of a consumer-focused design competition sponsored by sanofi-aventis: Data, Design, Diabetes. Innovators have until July 31st to submit their concepts on the Data, Design, Diabetes site. Five semi-finalists will win $20,000; two finalists will receive an additional $10,000; the winner will be awarded $100,000 and a one-month stay at the RockHealth seed incubator for health start-ups in San Francisco. As noted in the criteria, the Innovation Challenge is "not looking for the cleverest idea, the best eye-candy, the most bleeding-edge technology. We are looking for a solution that brings together the strength of insight enabled by open data sets and the empathetic connection provided through human-centered design to meaningfully help people living with diabetes in the US." So there!

Among the requirements, the technology should:

  • Meet the unique needs of people living with diabetes in a way that is differentiated from other solutions in the marketplace
  • Bring relief, delight, satisfaction, hopefulness to people living with diabetes.
  • Consider utility and the emotional and behavioral aspects of the disease.
  • Be able to scale.
  • Incorporate of the insight afforded by open data sets. Concepts must consult or make use of open data sets found on healthdata.gov
  • Be capable of being developed into a prototype with 4-6 weeks.

Clearly Sanofi knows who's who in the tech, social and venture communities. In addition to Manny, they enlisted an impressive panel of judges:

  • Jeff Hammerbacher - Founder and Chief Scientist, Cloudera
  • Hilary Mason - Chief Scientist, Bit.ly
  • Todd Park - CTO, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Sue Siegel - General Partner, MDV-Mohr Davidow Ventures
  • Ida Sim - Director, UCSF Center for Clinical and Translational Informatics
  • Dennis Urbaniak - VP U.S. Diabetes, sanofi-aventis

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