The Ascensia Diabetes Challenge was launched last September. A global innovation competition, it was introduced to fine digital solutions to support Type 2 diabetes management. The many entries have been narrowed down to six that will progress to the finalist stage of the challenge. These six finalists will all receive a €10,000 cash prize to support the further development of their ideas. Following the finalist event, prizes for the winners and runners-up will be awarded from the total prize fund of €200,000, with the opportunity to partner with Ascensia Diabetes Care going forward. The finalists represent the innovative thinking as well as the latest technology to enter the field of Type 2 diabetes management, as listed below. For information on the Ascensia Diabetes Challenge, judges and judging criteria visit www.ascensiadiabeteschallenge.com
Foodient by Whisk (UK): An artificial intelligence powered Digital Dietician that connects people to the world’s leading grocery retailers. It is being developed to help Type 2 diabetes patients easily find food they love and which is nutritionally tailored so that they can make sustainable behaviour changes. www.whisk.com
GlycoLeap by Holmusk (Singapore): A digital health program that is a simpler way to lose weight and lower A1c. It combines expert human coaching with mobile technology to empower people with Type 2 diabetes live a healthier life. GlycoLeap is powered by a scalable, engaging and effective technology platform for data-driven, personalised health coaching. www.glycoleap.com
QStream (USA): A team-based mobile game developed at Harvard Medical School that can prompt meaningful behavior change in people with Type 2 diabetes. QStream is proven to generate significant and sustained improvements in blood glucose control among patients who use it. www.qstreamhealthcare.com
My Diabetes Coach by Macadamian (Canada): A ‘voice first’ diabetes management platform that uses Amazon’s Alexa to help those with Type 2 diabetes better manage their care. The data captured through an integrated wearable device, a mobile phone, and dialogue with the patient provides a personal virtual coaching experience that is enabled through artificial intelligence. www.macadamian.com
Path Feel by Walk with Path UK): An active feedback insole that provides vibrational, or haptic, feedback to the user during walking. This can aid people with diabetic neuropathy in being able to feel the ground and achieve balance. Path Feel is a connected digital solution and integrates data from the insole, which can be used to personalise and enhance care. www.walkwithpath.com
xbird (Germany): Medical artificial intelligence software that analyzes micro-movements, collected by smartphones and wearables worn by people with diabetes, and cross references them with historical blood glucose data in order to predict and detect potential hypo- and hyperglycaemic events. The solution creates actionable insights for both doctors and patients. www.xbird.io
We’ll report back on the winner!
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