Because you just haven't gotten enough of this contest yet ;) , please say hello to the Grand Prize winners today:
Ethan Mullis (left) is a professional designer and Type 1 diabetic. His brother-in-law and best friend Alan Johnson helped him get hired at the innovative web startup company Gnoso Inc. in Taylors, South Carolina. Last March, he also convinced the firm's CEO to let them both focus on developing a new program for diabetes. Per Alan's comments yesterday, Ethan has "made clear to me many times how the typical thinking put into diabetes design makes him feel like he's a second-class citizen." They're hoping that their winning diabetes tracking program, LOG FOR LIFE, will help change all that.
They've also asked me to put them in touch with some (as-yet-unnamed) established diabetes device vendors, so they can work on integrating their program with devices we already use. Their concept for integration with the iPhone is of course key. Go, Gnoso!
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Max Wieder (right), age 10 (diagnosed 1-29-07) and his friend Ben Katz, age 14.
These two are apparently inseparable and always tinkering on something. The go-cart they are sitting on is their newest invention. The pair won the "under 18 category" here for their ingenious MAXIMUM SLIDE glucose test strip dispenser and disposal unit.
Max's activist mom Beth Wieder writes: "Diabetes is such a constant source of frustration for him, it was really great for him to put some constructive energy into it." Ben also has a 7-year-old first cousin with Type 1 diabetes, so he's been submersed quite a bit.
btw, Max was at Astronaut Camp at Georgia Tech on the day the winners were announced, so he got late notice that he won. Beth says he was (appropriately) "over the moon" when he heard the news.
About building the prototype, Max writes: "It was pretty cool seeing something I had imagined actually working. Thanks for having the challenge -- I had a good time!"
You're very welcome, Max!
Prize money will be in the mail soon, and both winners will be contacted by IDEO design health and wellness consultants shortly for their free "concept refinement" sessions. I'm hoping to report back later on just how these great ideas are progressing.