Welcome to the 2010 DiabetesMineâ„¢ 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 $7,000 in cash and valuable assistance to realize your design concept — while potentially helping transform life with diabetes for millions of people struggling with this difficult condition.











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 age 17 and under, which will be judged in a separate category.

To help refine and realize their design concepts:



Three Grand Prize winners will be selected this year to each receive:

  • $7,000 cash, plus:


- a complementary consulting session with Health and Wellness experts at the global design and innovation firm IDEO;



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



-    introduction to Silicon Valley investors and other relevant experts; and




- additional hands-on assistance towards commercialization of your design idea, as appropriate






  • Plus $1,000 cash each for the winners of the "Most Creative Idea" and "Best Kids' Concept" Category


(total cash prizes $23,000)




This competition is 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 1, 2010, to April 30, 2010, at 11:59 pm Pacific time. Winners will be announced on Friday, June 11th, 2010.  Submissions are accepted in the form of a 2-3 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 Contest Rules and Enter the Contest pages.



Voting / Judging

Open community voting will be held here on the website in mid-May, to determine the top 10 finalists for this competition. Then final winner selections will be made by our group of expert judges, our judging team, including with expertise in diabetes care, medical technologies, design, and venture capital funding:

•    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

•    Gary Scheiner, a well-known diabetes educator, book author and motivational speaker who has been living with Type 1 diabetes himself for over 20 years

•    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

•     Peter Jones, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Strategic Innovation Lab, OCAD (Toronto), a design consultant, researcher, and creator of the Design for Care online community

•     John Lai, senior designer with the global design and innovation firm IDEO, in their Heath and Wellness practice — which helped design Eli Lilly's Kwikpen product and packaging for GlaxoSmithKlein's Alli diet product

•    John Steuart, Managing Director, Claremont Creek Ventures, a venture capitalist with 20 years' experience managing, building and investing in technology and life science companies

•    Samantha Katz, Grand Prize winner of the 2009 DiabetesMine Design Challenge, now Global Product Manager at Medtronic Diabetes, working on the company's next-generation pump

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

For more details, see our Meet the Team page.



To get your creative juices flowing, you can view the many cool entries from last year by clicking here.

Last year's winners can be viewed here.

And you can watch last year's contest video by clicking here.

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


Viva la innovation!



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