As I hope you all know by now, the 2009 DiabetesMine Design Challenge is calling on everyone -- including all you disgruntled patients out there -- to get creative about "solving" daily diabetes problems. What kind of gadget or web application would really make your life with diabetes better?
Here's your chance to help all of us, and possibly win $10,000 in the process. Not bad!
The "Early-Bird" prize (or really just "praise") goes to Chloe Lamprecht, for uploading our very first entry in the Kids' Category. I'm not going to tell you what her idea is, but it has something to do with a Blackberry. You'll just have to check it out for yourself on the contest Scribd group (area for uploading paper submissions).
To get your juices flowing further, I wanted to point out an innovative diabetes company I've been corresponding with -- who unfortunately say they can't enter the contest at this time, but are doing some very interesting work:
Check out the Glucose Buddy iPhone App from MYLEstone Healh. This young company has been running around actually asking people what kinds of products would make their lives with diabetes easier (imagine!). And they got some substantive answers.
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Non-profit leader Kevin L. Hagan named as new chief exec of national diabetes org after six-month search.
FDA Approves New Basal Insulin
Sanofi's Troujeo has 'flatter profile' of action that helps to avoid lows.
Daytona Win for Racecar Driver with Diabetes!
Type 1 driver Ryan Reed wins first NASCAR series race at Daytona on Feb. 21.
All I can say at this point is that they are setting up "a hardware-software-webware connection" that will allow members to sign in and view data in a variety of ways -- quite different from anything available now, they tell me.
Co-founder Matt Tendler writes: "Sure, being able to download a program onto your Motorola Razr is great, but realistically how many people even know how to download programs on a 'regular' cell phone, let alone have the patience to navigate their way around the software? ... As someone with diabetes, this cause is so much greater than the next new iPod design or a 1-inch thick LCD screen."
You can read more about how "numbers are a diabetic's best friend" on Matt's blog.
And then get your thinking cap on -- and start sketching out your own concept for your Ideal Diabetes Tool. All entries welcome here.