You have exactly two weeks left to apply to the 2015 DiabetesMine Patient Voices Contest (we close for submissions on April 24). Don't miss this incredible opportunity to interact directly with -- and voice our patient concerns to -- various decision-makers, including FDA, pharma leaders, national advocacy orgs, designers, clinicians and technology experts!
This year, we're asking patients to share their best Life Hacks for Making Life with Diabetes Simpler, for a chance to win a full scholarship to attend our annual DiabetesMine Innovation Summit, happening on Friday, Nov. 20, at Stanford University School of Medicine.
Our winners from last year have wonderful things to say about the experience:
"The DiabetesMine Innovation Summit has become a 'can't miss' event for me. I've had the honor of attending twice as a Patient Voices Contest scholar. Each time, I've come away with a vision, a hope, and a sense of direction for what we can do next in the diabetes space. Amy Tenderich and her team consistently accomplish what many once thought impossible - bringing together diverse stakeholder voices to talk genuinely about barriers to innovation and access. Can't wait for 2015!”
-- Melissa Lee (D-blogger and Interim Executive Director of the Diabetes Hands Foundation)
"The DiabetesMine Innovation Summit is the only place where clinicians, manufacturers, and people with diabetes can talk openly and freely about the future of our community and our health. This is the ultimate opportunity to learn from the best and brightest as a patient."
"I was truly humbled to be able to have an in-person seat at the DiabetesMine Innovation Summit. It was a wonderful and inspiring experience -- listening to and participating in, what I have no doubt were the beginnings of game-changing conversations for improving the daily struggles of life with diabetes. From technological advancements, to healthcare coverage, to peer-to-peer support, I was able to witness in action that as a community, we can accomplish so much more than as individuals."
-- Julie Schulman (scientist, mom and D-blogger)
"The DiabetesMine Innovation Summit is an event one cannot help but be inspired by. It is a true merging of thought leaders, where those providing, paying for, and receiving healthcare can speak and be heard. As a patient advocate, I left with a sense of satisfaction and a motivation to continue advocating for myself and the diabetes community as a whole."
-- Heather Gabel (advocate and D-blogger)
"Being given the opportunity to act as a patient advocate is an experience I will not forget. I felt that the voices, needs and opinions of the Diabetes Community were being heard. Participating taught me that even a 'normal' person with diabetes, like myself, can be an advocate. I was inspired by the positive changes being implemented in healthcare and I was motivated to help change policies that haven't put our Community's needs first."
-- Kim Hislop (T1D for 17 years, passionate about the bionic pancreas)
"I was honored and maybe a little spoiled to be a part of the 2014 DiabetesMine Innovation Summit. I think all of what DiabetesMine is doing is monumental to my condition. I want and hope to be invited back in the future and will always have nothing but kind words and thoughts about everyone and everything DiabetesMine has accomplished! Again, thank you so much for opening my eyes to the fact that as a group we CAN make a difference!!"
-- Greg Nickleski, longtime T1 and aspiring endocrinologist
AND ANNOUNCING: This year's guest judge, beloved advocate and author Riva Greenberg, who says:
"I am honored and exited to be part of this amazing Summit, to actually get to see concepts that may change all our lives. When you look at where innovation comes from, usually it's from those who are struggling with a problem. Kudos to DiabetesMine for helping patients lead the way!"
In addition, some of our key decision-maker speakers and participants were filmed right on site at the 2014 event, giving these sound bites about why you'll want to be there too: