Welcome to the 2009 DiabetesMine Design Challenge, an online competition to encourage creative new tools for improving life with diabetes.


Do you have an idea for an innovative new diabetes device or web application? This is your chance to win up to $10,000 to realize your design concept, and potentially help transform life with diabetes for millions of people.












This competition is open to all. We welcome entries from any individuals or organizations passionate about diabetes and product design — patients, parents, caregivers, students, entrepreneurs, developers, engineers, etc.

We also welcome entries from kids under age 18, which will be judged in a separate category.

Three winners will be selected to receive the following prizes:



  • $10,000 in cash for the Grand Prize winner;


- plus a mini-workshop with Health and Wellness experts at the global design and innovation firm IDEO;



- and one free access ticket to the "innovation incubator" Health 2.0 Conference planned for October 2009 in San Francisco, CA


  • $5,000 cash for the "Most Creative Idea" category winner;


- plus a consulting session with IDEO design experts


  • $2,000 cash for the winner of the Kids' Category

This competition is generously sponsored by the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF), an independent philanthropy organization committed to improving the way health care is delivered and financed in California and beyond.

It is also endorsed by Medgadget.com, the Internet journal of emerging medical technologies, and supported by the world-renowned design and innovation firm IDEO, with headquarters in Palo Alto, CA.




The Particulars

You can read the press release HERE.

The contest is open for submissions from March 2, 2009, to May 1st, 2009, at 11:59 pm Pacific time. Winners will be announced on Monday, May 18th, 2009.Submissions are accepted in the form of a 2-minute video to be uploaded to the DiabetesMine YouTube channel, or a 2-3 page written "elevator pitch" plus supporting graphics, also to be uploaded online. For details on entering the contest, visit the Enter the Contest page.

This year, our seven-member judging panel includes some highly influential individuals in healthcare and diabetes treatment:

- Veenu Aulakh, senior program officer for the California HealthCare Foundation's Better Chronic Disease Care program, with deep experience in diabetes care

- Michael Ostrovsky, MD, editor of MedGadget.com, the online journal of emerging medical technologies

- Steven Edelman, MD, a distinguished endocrinologist living with Type 1 diabetes himself, and creator of the nationwide TCOYD (Taking Control of Your Diabetes) conference series

- Robert Oringer, an entrepreneur and angel investor in the diabetes industry who pioneered private-label diabetes products such as lancets and glucose tablets (Robert also has two young sons with Type 1 diabetes)

- Ross Jaffe, MD, a board-certified internist and eminent venture capitalist with Versant Ventures in Silicon Valley, leading investments in medical devices, drug delivery, and healthcare information systems companies

- A senior designer with the renown global design consultancy IDEO, in their Heath and Wellness practice — which helped design Eli Lilly's Kwikpen product and packaging for GlaxoSmithKlein's Alli diet product

- Amy Tenderich of DiabetesMine.com, blogger, author, patient advocate, Health 2.0 consultant, and contest creator





Submissions will be judged on three basic criteria:

• Relevance — how well does it solve a real-life problem for people living with diabetes?

• Clinical Efficacy* — how realistic and applicable is this product from a medical standpoint?

• Aesthetics — it's the look and feel, Baby! How appealing is the pure design?

*Note that the "Most Creative Idea" category will reward the most visionary entry, even if it's not quite ready for prime time from a clinical efficacy standpoint.

To get your creative juices flowing, you can view the many cool entries from last year by clicking here for the videos and here for the paper entries. Last year's winners can be viewed here: LogforLife and Maximum Slide.

Remember, good design can be applied to anything, even something as "low-tech" as a carry case for fast-acting glucose.

Viva la innovation!







We received over 150 amazing submissions! The judges have deliberated, and winners were announced on May 18, 2009. Thank you all for your participation and your hard work!

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