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Up to $10,000 Grand Prize for Wearables in Healthcare Pilot Challenge Announced


100% of Ticket Sales to go to Winner of the Challenge

Medstro, the social network for physicians and the organizer of the Google Wearables in Healthcare Pilot Challenge, announced today that 100% of ticket proceeds for the “Final Smackdown” event to be held on April 23 will be given to the winner of the Challenge as a Grand Prize. Tickets to the event are expected to go on sale next week at a price of $49.99 and will be limited to 200. Attendees will also be encouraged to donate to the grand prize fund above and beyond the ticket price.

The Google Wearables in Healthcare Pilot Challenge has received over 60 submissions and over 80,000 page views since online submissions opened on January 5. The deadline for submitting ideas to the Challenge is March 14, after which the panel of 37 online judges will rate the submissions on a scale of 1 to 5. In addition to the judges’ rating, submissions will be ranked by the total number of “crowd-sourced” votes they receive from the community at large. Each of these factors will be weighted equally (50/50) to determine the overall ranking of the submissions. The voting deadline is March 28.

The winners of the seven individual prizes offered in the online challenge will be invited to Google’s Cambridge Center Campus on April 23 to compete for the Grand Prize. This event will feature keynote speakers and demonstrations of the latest wearables, along with a networking session with beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres. There are rumors of an afterparty as well…

Wearables Challenge Timetable

March 14Online Submissions Deadline
March 28Online “Crowd-Sourced” Voting and Judge Voting Deadline
March 31Finalists Announced
April 23Final “Smack-Down” Event held LIVE at Google Cambridge Center




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