Voting for the Wearables in Healthcare Pilot Challenge ended last Saturday with a drastic increase of last-minute votes. Over the last three days of voting, over 10,000 people visited the competition website on Medstro to cast votes. After all votes were counted and a panel of 39 judges scored each entry, ten finalists were chosen from the 89 entries to compete in the “Final Smackdown,” which will take place at Google Cambridge on April 23, 2015.
The event will feature demo tables where you can see, touch and try on the latest gadgets, wearables and apps in healthcare. You’ll also be able to enjoy craft beers, wines and hors d’oeuvres from Google’s own chef, and network with clinicians, inventors, engineers, investors and visionaries in healthcare.
Pavlok mounted an effective social media campaign for their submission and accounted for a majority of the last-minute voters. This entry received a whopping 436 crowd votes and an average judge score of 2.6 out of 5 for a total score of 662.7, the highest score of all entries and more then double the second-place score.
Pavlok is a wearable device that uses electric shock aversion therapy to train users to avoid negative behaviors such as smoking and eating bad foods. Pavlok envisions making this behavioral data available to clinicians via a secure messaging platform, and therefore has been chosen as the winner of the HealthBridge Prize in addition to being selected as a finalist.
Jim Ryan has spent the past 20 years building global markets for US-based telecommunications and enterprise technology companies. Mr. Ryan exited five startups (2 IPOs, 2 acquisitions, 1 Chapter 11) and now uses his expertise as one of the three founding partners of Farpoint Ventures helping startups from the US quickly build global sales channels and bring in revenues from overseas markets. Mr. Ryan has closed over $1B in export business for startups.Mr. Ryan holds a Bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a Master's degree from Osaka University. He is a native speaker of Japanese, and is conversational in Mandarin Chinese and French.In between meetings, he has climbed Mt. Rainier three times, finished the Boston Marathon and Cape Cod Marathon, climbed Mt. Washington in all four seasons and hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon 10 times. He holds a Private Pilot license and enjoys flying his Cessna 172 around New England and beyond.
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