Do you have a great concept for a product that will help people with diabetes live better? Well, you've got until midnight this coming Monday, June 16, to tell us about it — and seize your chance to be one of two winners of the DiabetesMine Design Challenge. We plan to announce the results next Friday, June 20.

Just a reminder that we're accepting entries in two categories: under age 18 and over age 18. Submissions can be in the form of a 2-minute video uploaded to the DiabetesMine Design Challenge Group on YouTube, or a 2-3 page written "elevator pitch" plus supporting graphics, emailed to us HERE.

A quick run-through of the cool entries we've received so far:

In VIDEO FORMAT (on YouTube)

BioFlips by StickMeDesigns — stylish used test strip disposal

Compact Case by Diabetes Designs — a smaller case that looks cool with any meter

Glucose Tablet Skins by Thomas, age 13 — fab covers for your glucose tablet case (sample the fun here!*)

Pelikan Sun electronic lancing device — by Pelikan Technologies. OK, this one's rather more of a commercial for a product already on the market, but I included it anyway because I liked their homemade video. They're reaching out to the community, so the least we can do is listen.

* Sample Entry:

In PAPER FORMAT (posted via Scribd)

The D-Wallet by Mark Dechand, Kansas — a wallet that can handle all your day-to-day diabetic gear

LanceLight by Sandra Leal, Arizona — a lancet with an integrated pen light that's simple and can be used with any meter

Wireless Emergency Services Alarm by Mark Brown, California — a bluetooth-enabled "brain" that captures CGM data and automatically calls 911 when necessary

Two winning entries will each receive $1,600 in cash and a free two-hour workshop by IDEO design consultants specializing in health and wellness to help the winners refine their concepts. Winner of the adult category will also win one free pass to the next "innovation incubator" Health 2.0 Conference in San Francisco in October 21-23, 2008.

What We're Looking For

Entries will be judged on three criteria:

  • Efficiency - how 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 good is the pure design?

The judging panel includes one MD/Editor from, one of the prodigious design experts from IDEO, and myself from DiabetesMine — giving you the straight poop from a patient's perspective.

We're hoping some more of you have some cool stuff up your sleeves! Please submit yours by midnight PST on Monday, June 16. Release your inner innovator.

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