The DiabetesMine Innovation Summit is a unique, patient-led gathering of “diabetes stakeholders” – informed patient advocates, device designers, pharma marketing and R&D leaders, regulatory experts, clinicians, digital health leaders, investors, and more – that aims to spur conversations and collaborations that accelerate change.

The Summit was kicked off at Stanford School of Medicine in Fall 2011, inspired by our pioneering crowdsourced innovation competition, the DiabetesMine Design Challenge (which began in 2008 and ran for four years). The Summit takes place annually in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Our aim in hosting a patient-led leadership forum is to jumpstart collaboration, and help forge best practices for making patients central to the innovation process.

This gathering represents a tremendous opportunity to “connect the dots” between patients, industry, entrepreneurs, designers, and physicians – the brightest minds doing the most innovative thinking in the diabetes world to date.

Brought to you by empowered patients who care…

**We’ve seen proof that together, we can ignite a revolution in designing technology and services that truly improve life with diabetes!**

Check out this video for a sampling:

Each year, the DiabetesMine Innovation Summit features a timely “change theme” addressing a topic ripe for innovative problem-solving. And each year, we host a Patient Voices Scholarship Contest to identify 10 engaged patient advocates eager to attend and represent the patient community.

The most recent two-day Fall event took place on Nov. 7-8, 2019, at UCSF’s Mission Bay Conference Center.

The program featured two “general sessions” and three awesome hands-on workshops covering the following topics:

  • The Rise of Patient Voices (with Industry, FDA and Hospitals)
  • New Clinics for a New Age
  • New Frontiers in Capturing & Processing Patient Insights
  • Design Principles for a Patient-Centered Future
  • The Payer Imperative: Reinventing the Customer Experience

Please see:

* The event program here

* The event Slidesets on Slideshare (click around to explore)

* The event PHOTO ALBUM on Facebook

What Participants Are Saying…

“This conference is so important because Amy brings together a really big group of people from industry, and clinicians and patients and just getting that cross-section of everybody who’s here really gives me a great idea of what’s happening in the field so I can bring it back to educators… The Workshops were engaging and fun and really made people think outside the box.”

– Crystal Broj, Head of Technology and Innovation for the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE)

“It’s always very inspiring to be here and to listen to what’s currently being discussed… You meet everything from crazy scientists to hackers, entrepreneurs, industry, and the FDA. It’s an amazing mix, (and) the discussions you have with attendees are always mind-opening. We find it the most interesting diabetes conference of the year.”

– Frank Westermann, CEO of MySugr

“Bigfoot is a sponsor of the conference and that is testament to the support we have for the community and the incredible thing Amy has created over the years. I’ve been coming since the very beginning, and these are my people: it’s the resolve, the commitment, the passion – people who get it, at a disease level, what it’s like to live with diabetes. The technology is secondary to that. ”

– Lane Desborough, Co-founder & Chief Engineer of Bigfoot Biomedical

“This is a big focus area for JDRF. It’s absolutely an important event for JDRF to attend, given our long history in supporting innovation, device development, and voice of the patient.”

– Karen Jordan, JDRF International Board Member & President of the Greater Bay Area Chapter

“I really appreciated my experience at DiabetesMine University. What you and your team do is so amazing, and I was glad to just be in the room to soak it in.”

– Mila Clarke Buckley, T2 advocate and 2019 Patient Voices Scholarship Winner

2019 Gold Sponsor

2019 Silver Sponsors

Read on for a year-by-year summary of past Summits, including links to content and our original Patient Voices videos created specifically for these events.


We introduced our new “DiabetesMine University (DMU)” program on Nov.1-2, 2018, at UCSF’s Mission Bay Conference Center.

That program featured two “general sessions” and three hands-on workshops covering:

  • The
    ‘Consumerization’ of Diabetes
  • Patient
    Entrepreneurship and Health Design Hubs
  • Humans,
    Diabetes and Virtual Reality
  • Beyond Product Focus: Designing for the
    Diabetes Experience
  • Driving Social Media for Health Impact

Click here to read all about the 2018 two-day gathering that consisted of our annual DiabetesMine Innovation Summit, and bi-annual Fall 2018 D-Data ExChange technology forum.

See also:

* Our DiabetesMine Patient Voices video, embedded in this post

* The event program here

* The event Slidesets on Slideshare (click around to explore)

* The event PHOTO ALBUM on Facebook

* diaTribe’s amazing detailed coverage of the #DData demo lineup

The mid-November 2017 DiabetesMine Innovation Summit (#dbminesummit17) was held at Stanford School of Medicine, with a theme of “Problem-Solving Our Healthcare.”

Given how healthcare has become so politicized and gridlocked of late, we chose to highlight novel problem-solving approaches in each of these areas, to inspire us all to go further:

  • Tools for Managing Diabetes
  • Support Services for PWDs (people with diabetes)
  • The Access & Affordability crisis

Every invited speaker and panelist was chosen because they honed in on a specific healthcare or diabetes care problem, and created an innovative fix.

  • See the event photos here
  • Read our full event report on all the presentations here

You can read about the inspiring keynote by Brian Hoffer, Founder of Gestalt Design, on “Transforming Healthcare Through Design” and the full program, with links to presentations, here.

At this Summit, we also:

(Click here to download that Research Report >> )

  • Debuted a new methodology called Netnography that helped us explore what people with diabetes are doing on the social web and why it matters
  • Announced the Winners of our 2017 DiabetesMine Usability Innovation Awards

    “I was really inspired by your conference. It was well-organized. It had a great number of inspiring people and a great deal of inspiring content! I learned a lot.”

    – Dennis Boyle, director of the Health & Wellness practice at IDEO

    “What a wonderful, important conference focused on real-life, pragmatic opportunities to improve patients lives!”

    – Thom Scher, COO of Beyond Type1

    “This is one of the best events we’ve been to in our 14 years of serving the diabetes community. I’ve already connected with several of the attendees in the last week and hope to continue to problem-solve our healthcare together.”

    – John Henry, T1 advocate and founder of MyCareConnect

    Can you focus an entire diabetes innovation event on Quality of Life? Yes, you can! In fact, it’s the stuff that builds the foundation for the ever-elusive “improved health outcomes” we’re all after.

    This was the premise behind the sixth annual DiabetesMine Innovation Summit (#dbminesummit16) held on Oct. 28, 2016, at UC San Francisco’s Mission Bay biotech campus.

    The day opened with a dynamic keynote by Stanford physician and behavioral designer Dr. Kyra Bobinet on: “The Quality of Life Connection: Happiness, Habit-Building and the Healthcare Experience.”

    This was followed by three groups of talks by innovators addressing “Prioritizing Quality of Life in Medicine,” “Bringing Education and Care to Where Patients Are” and the ubiquitous struggle of “Navigating the Healthcare System: Access and Coverage” — in addition to interactive brainstorming among stakeholders.

    • See the event photos here

    At this Summit, we also:


    “I loved that Dr. Bobinet’s excellent keynote was not diabetes-related, but could so easily connect to diabetes. I also loved the level playing field of the room. Once again, the best networking Summit in our industry hands-down.”

    “I was very pleased that much of the talk was focused on patient experience versus traditional outputs and outcomes and it was a relief to get confirmation that the paradigm is shifting in practice.”

    “I love hearing about the future of telemedicine and new ways for our community to use technology to get and stay healthy. More! More!”

    Also, don’t miss these three “Diabetes Life Challenges” videos unveiled at the 2016 Summit:

    Prioritzing Quality Of Life with Diabetes

    Bring Diabetes Education and Care to the Patients

    Navigating the Healthcare System with Diabetes

    The 5th annual DiabetesMine Innovation Summit took place at Stanford School of Medicine on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, bringing together about 130 key stakeholders in the diabetes world. This year’s theme was The Usability Revolution.

    We addressed that by taking stock of the major challenges of living with diabetes, and what’s being done to address these challenges. We presented data from over 5,000 patients on what they felt were the MOST USEFUL tools and services available now to help them optimize their care.

    Talks and discussions were focused on how we can all work together towards increasing the IMPACT & ACCESS of these offerings.

    • See the event photos here

    “When I sat down and looked at the agenda and speakers lined up for the day, the word that came to mind was ‘relevancy.’ Not only were the topics current and of interest to me as a diabetes professional and a Type 1, I felt that the agenda presented a fast-paced flow and held meaty topics…

    “I came away with the feeling that stagnation in our industry seems to be a thing of the past and for that, I’m very grateful.”

    — Peg Abernathy, diabetes media expert and patient, on the value of the DiabetesMine Innovation Summit

    Also, don’t miss these two videos unveiled at the 2015 Summit:

    Life with Diabetes – Unbreakable!

    Diabetes Patient Voices 2015: Diabetes Life Hacks!

    The 2014 DiabetesMine Innovation Summit — our unique annual gathering of diabetes game changers — took place on Friday, Nov. 21, at Stanford University School of Medicine.

    We were excited to see diabetes innovation reaching a tipping point, thus our 2014 theme was “Emerging Models for Improving Life with Diabetes.” Against the backdrop of the Affordable Healthcare Act, we explored which programs may have the biggest potential, and how we might address challenges to their success.

    The 2013 DiabetesMine Innovation Summit took place on Nov. 15 at Stanford School of medicine, with the theme “Delivering on the Promise of Diabetes Technology,” an ROI focus.

    The event featured live updates from the FDA and five of the nation’s top health insurance providers, among other movers and shakers.

    See the photo album on our Facebook page.

    Read patient advocate coverage here.

    The 2012 DiabetesMine Innovation Summit took place at Stanford University on Nov. 16, with a focus on breaking the “gridlock” in the diabetes industry: Why does every diabetes tech product have its own clunky cables and not share data with other products?! Why aren’t companies working together to form standards for this stuff, that would also ease the FDA approval process?

    Among the impressive participants, we were pleased to host the then-CEO of the American Diabetes Association Larry Hausner and ADA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Robert Ratner; Joslin Diabetes Center CEO John Brooks III; endo and educator extraordinaire Dr. Steven Edelman; legendary researcher Dr. Bruce Buckingham; Patti Brennan, National Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Project Health Design and many more.

    See the 2012 Patient Voices Video here:

    We were particularly pleased to host THREE senior representatives from FDA, who penned a collective reaction post here: FDA Speaks Out on the DiabetesMine Innovation Summit (!)

    The CEO and Chief Medical Officer of the American Diabetes Association also wrote a reaction post about the Summit here: Stopping Diabetes Through Innovation

    Click here to see the 2012 Summit Photo Album.

    The inaugural event was co-hosted by Health & Wellness experts from world-renowned design firm IDEO, and they were fantastic in helping us lead the way!

    IDEO helped us create this compilation of “Patient Needs in Action” from various submissions to the DiabetesMine Design Challenge contest over the past few years:

    IDEO also led us through an afternoon of Brainstorming, Ideation and Prototyping that got people thinking and working together on creating their very own solutions to real-world diabetes problems. Then we ended the day with an open discussion on how to overcome the challenges in bringing new design processes to fruition.

    We’re thrilled with the accomplishments of the DiabetesMine Design Challenge, and with the evolution of the DiabetesMine Innovation Summit event!

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