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Data Design Diabetes Challenge Submissions Due July 31st

On June 9, 2011, sanofi-aventis U.S. announced the “sanofi-aventis U.S. Innovation Challenge: Data, Design, Diabetes” at the National Institute of Health’s Health Data Initiative Forum. The challenge, which launched on July 1, integrates open data with a human-centered view into diabetes, and will award $220,000 in total prize money.

The challenge is designed for fast learning, so that innovators can create the needed service solutions for people living with diabetes. It brings together the richness of open data sets made available on healthdata.gov, the values of human-centered design, and the leading edge methodology of the top innovation accelerators.

Until July 31st, innovators can submit their concepts on www.datadesigndiabetes.com.  In early August, an independent panel of expert judges (listed below) will review the submissions and five semi-finalists will be awarded $20,000 and professional mentoring to turn the concept into a prototype. In early September, the five teams will present at a demo day.  An open panel and our judges will select two finalists to receive an additional $10,000 to pilot their prototype in a real life diabetes community.  The findings and learnings from this exercise will inform the selection of a final winner who will receive an award of $100,000, along with a one- month stay at the RockHealth incubator in San Francisco to turn their prototype into a full, real solution for people living with diabetes.

Judges include:

  • Jeff Hammerbacher – Founder and Chief Scientist, Cloudera
  • Manny Hernandez – Founder, TuDiabetes
  • 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

Diabetes is a chronic, progressive disease that has reached epidemic proportion, with 100 million people in the U.S. currently living with diabetes.  At this rate, the CDC estimates that by the year 2050 1 in 3 Americans will have diabetes.

Visit www.datadesigndiabetes.com for more information, including criteria, official rules and deadlines.  For more updates, follow Data Design Diabetes on Twitter and Facebook.