Diabetes app design wins national challenge

By Editor
17th June 2015
Latest news, Technology

A game design to help with diabetes management including taking medication has won a national challenge.

The Dap’n’ app design by Reina Yaidoo and her team was chosen as the winner of the contest for its high ratings and praise from peer reviewers – and now moves are underway to turn it into reality.

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The Dap’n’ app design by Reina Yaidoo

The app was one of five final designs entered in The Health App Challenge project organised by Plymouth University, funded by the Intellectual Property Office Fast Forward Competition 2014 and supported by Diabetes UK, WLSinfo, Handi, and Britain’s Nurses.

Competition facilitator Emily Ashurst, E-Health Research Assistant at the Plymouth University, said: “Since winning the Challenge, Reina and her team’s app design Dap’n’ has gained much interest and is currently shortlisted for funding support, to turn their design into a published health app, in two national programmes – Nominet Trust’s Social Tech Seed and Virgin’s Pitch to Rich. The Health App Challenge project team offers support and wishes them the best of luck.”

People with diabetes gave over 140 reviews of the challenge designs and existing health apps, including bariatric apps. To view the designs and reviews, visit www.healthappchallenge.org.uk.

An online community area is now being created to support discussion and networking between people interested in health app development, including people with the condition, developers and healthcare professionals. It will enable the potential for collaboration and further support for Challenge participants in turning their designs into working apps.”

Views are also being sought on the project and on health app development in a three-question survey. To take part, click here.

The Health App Challenge was a one-year project that supported people with diabetes to design and, or, develop their very own health apps to help manage their condition. Participants were offered advice from intellectual property experts, technical developers and medical professionals.

It funded by the Intellectual Property Office Fast Forward Competition 2014 and also supported by WLSinfo, Handi, and Britain’s Nurses.

A booklet about the project has been published, click here to view it.

People interested in the online community area, should email emily.ashurst@plymouth.ac.uk.

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