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Health x Design Challenge Aims to Help Tech Create Healthier Lifestyles


Mad*Pow’s Center for Health Experience Design and Health 2.0 Advocates are hosting a design challenge for the health and design communities to craft solutions that could reshape everyday life for the better — and the healthier.

The focus of the challenge, Health x Design: Building Health into Everyday Life, which began April 2, is to imagine how technology might be used to make health a part of patients’ daily routines.

Innovators who want to enter the challenge have until May 27 to submit their intent to participate. A question-and-answer webinar will be held on May 29, and submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. ET Aug. 31, 2019.

Entries should include ideas that are feasible in five to 10 years and stand to change the environment to a healthier default by incorporating multiple technologies or components.

“Many of the tech industry’s early attempts to encourage healthy lifestyles rely on prompting people to make healthy decisions in the moment, while doing nothing to address the underlying infrastructure, norms and culture that guide our behavior,” said Stephen Downs, chief technology and strategy officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which is funding the challenge.

Downs believes the design challenge will encourage creative innovators to envision change by using design and technology to reshape how we eat, sleep, socialize, move from place to place and entertain ourselves.

A panel of judges, including Vanessa Mason from Institute for the Future and Judith Anderson from Mass College of Art & Design, will choose two winning designs: one that targets specific healthy behaviors and one that lays out a path to broad, systemic change.

Winners will be announced on Oct. 16 and will share up to $10,000 in prizes.

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