We are really excited to be a part of this year’s DiabetesMine Design Challenge. This is a truly unique competition to spur the development of new products and services for patients with diabetes. This year’s contest features three grand prizes worth $7,000 each. There is also a kids prize in its own creative category.
Last year’s competition brought together fantastic ideas and devices, and we’re looking forward to new concepts this year to make diabetics’ lives better, more manageable and enjoyable.
More details from the official announcement:
This competition is open to any individuals or organizations passionate about diabetes and product design – whether you’re an enterprising patient or parent, a startup company, a design student, an independent developer or engineer, or a pharma R&D pro. Entries from participants age 17 and under are also welcome, and will be judged in a separate category.
To help refine and realize their design concepts, three winners will each receive the following prizes:
$7,000 in cash, plus:
a complementary consulting session with Health and Wellness experts at the global design and innovation firm IDEO a free access ticket to the “innovation incubator” Health 2.0 Conference planned for October 2010 in San Francisco, CA introduction to Silicon Valley investors and other relevant experts additional hands-on assistance towards commercialization of your design idea, as appropriate
Two additional prize categories will also be awarded — $1,000 cash each for the “Most Creative Idea” and the “Best Kids’ Concept” (age 17 and under). Total cash prizes are $23,000.
Also new this year is open community voting on the website, which will determine the top 10 finalists for this competition. Final winner selections will be made by a group of judges, including individuals with expertise in diabetes care, medical technologies, design, and venture capital funding. Submissions are accepted in the form of a 2-3 minute video to be uploaded to the DiabetesMine YouTube channel, or a 2-3 page written "elevator pitch" plus supporting graphics, also to be uploaded online. The deadline for entries is Friday, April 30th, 2010, at 11:59 pm Pacific time. Winners will be announced on Friday, June 11th, 2010.
Link: The 2010 DiabetesMine™ Design Challenge
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