It is with great pride and pleasure that we announce today the formal opening of the 2011 DiabetesMineâ„¢ Design Challenge, an online competition to encourage creative new tools for improving life with diabetes!

This is our third exciting year having the chance to reward innovation:

Do you have an idea for an innovative new diabetes device or web application? The DiabetesMineâ„¢ Design Challenge is your chance to win big, and potentially help transform life with diabetes for millions of people.

Please start by watching this year's video, which is a bit longer than the last two because we packed in some excellent (IMHO) 'awareness bits' about the real challenges patients face:

News nuggets from around the diabetes community

NEWSFLASH: FDA Clears Dexcom Share Direct
Dexcom gets regulatory approval of its 'on-the-go' mobile apps for CGM data-sharing.
State of the Union: It's Time to Cure Diabetes
President launching new precision medicine initiative to better treat, cure diseases like diabetes.
'Robotic Pancreas' Appears On American Idol
Carlos Santana's nephew Adam Lasher shows off Dexcom G4 during live performance.

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You can read the contest press release here.

And view our awesome contest poster here.

Once again, with the help of the California HealthCare Foundation, we're able to offer THREE $7,000 Grand Prizes, plus $2,500 for the 'Most Creative' entry, and $1,500 to the best 'Kids' Idea' (ages 17 and under). That's a total of $25,000 in prize money!!

And there's more. The three Grand Prize winners will each receive a 'package' designed to help them further their winning concepts.

Please visit the contest home page at www.DiabetesMine.com/designcontest to learn all the details about prizes, eligibility, rules and how to enter — along with the backstory on how this competition got started, a gallery of past entries, and some mainstream media coverage to boot.

This year's competition is open for entries until Friday, April 29, 2011. We cannot wait to see what kind of innovation has been brewing over this past year...

As we said in the video, whether you're a patient, parent, caregiver, student, entrepreneur, developer, engineer, etc.:  if you've got a great idea for a new tool to improve live with diabetes, we want to hear from YOU!

Also, a Call-to-Action: Please help us get the word out by grabbing and publishing one of these contest icons on your own site -

Thank you in advance, Supporters, Entrants, Readers and Friends!!

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