Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

** The Contest at a Glance **

What is the DiabetesMine Patient Voices initiative all about?

It’s about making “patient-centered design” more than just a buzzword.

The initiative began with the DiabetesMine Design Challenge, a crowdsourcing design contest we ran for the past four years.

Now, we’re tackling the next big challenge: fostering collaboration among the various stakeholders involved in the design of diabetes care solutions.

We’re bringing industry, regulatory, and design experts, together with empowered patients to help these experts better LISTEN to patients, and INVOLVE them in the design process, from conceptualization to realization. We hope to help discover and establish best practices in identifying and designing solutions that meet patients’ real-world needs.

What are the contest prizes again?

Through a gift from the California HealthCare Foundation, we are able to provide 10 scholarships for e-Patients to attend and participate in the 2012 DiabetesMine Innovation Summit at Stanford University.

The scholarships will cover all air and ground transportation, hotel costs (2 nights), registration for the event, and a food stipend.

Each of our 10 winners will also receive an iBGStar Blood Glucose Monitoring System, the first meter to directly connect to an iPhone® or iPod touch®. This exciting new product has just been introduced on the U.S. market as of May 1, 2012, the very same day as our contest launch. 

Will there be another DiabetesMine Design Challenge calling for new product designs?

No. We believe that the DiabetesMine Design Challenge we’ve hosted here for the past four years has achieved its highest goals: inspiring creative thinkers from all over the country and world to design and showcase more than 300 innovative product concepts, and helping lay the groundwork for a number of similar crowdsourcing programs run by industry experts.

Here at the ‘Mine, we’re turning our attention to the next big challenge in improving quality of life for people with diabetes: fostering collaboration among diabetes design stakeholders. At the core of this is making sure that the Patient’s Voice is heard loud and clear. Thus, our Patient Voices contest!

Who is eligible to enter?

Anyone personally living with diabetes (type 1 or type 2), or a parent caregiver of a child with diabetes. Applicants must reside in the United States, and be age 16 or older by June 12, 2012.

See the official contest rules here.

Is there a separate Youth Category for this contest?

No – all entries will be entered into the same pool. Applicants must be at least 16 years old to apply.

Anyone aged 16-17 who wishes to enter should check first that they have parental permission to travel to the Summit alone, or with an accompanying parent or guardian. Airfare costs for one accompanying individual would be included in the prize package for any minors who win.

I’m a designer/ researcher/ student: Can I also enter to become an e-Patient delegate?

Unfortunately you would not be eligible for an e-Patient scholarship. Only e-Patients and parents of children with diabetes may apply.

Can I just register for the Summit as a paid attendee?

The DiabetesMine Innovation Summit is an invitation-only event. If you have a strong professional interest in attending, you can contact us to discuss that here. Discounted registration rates will be made available for academics and some other qualifying parties.

How do I enter the contest?

You’ll need to create a video entry that includes our contest title screen, submit it to YouTube, and fill out our online Entry Form indicating the YouTube URL of your entry.

For details, please see our “How To Enter” page.

What should I include in my video?

We’re asking patients and caregivers – who live with diabetes day-in and day-out – to tell us, in your own words, what you think are the BIGGEST CHALLENGES IN DIABETES DESIGN AND DIABETES CARE.

Share your ideas on how companies should be responding to patient needs.

For example, tell us:

  • What’s the highlight or lowpoint in your day living with diabetes and why?
  • What’s missing in today’s diabetes products, systems and services?
  • What do you think could easily be fixed?
  • What would you most like to see Pharma companies and device manufacturers focus on?
  • What about mobile tools? How could they best help you live better with diabetes?
  • How do you hope to be living better in the near and far future?

Watch this video for a quick 3-step guide on what to include in your video entry:

Remember, there are no “right or wrong” answers; we’re just looking for 10 great communicators of diabetes patient needs!

How are the winners (e-Patient delegates) selected?

We’re looking for PWDs who can best articulate their own needs and the aspirations of the D-patient community. We’re also looking for inspiration and fresh approaches!  The DiabetesMine team, with help from some expert supporters in healthcare and design, will review the videos and make winner selections.

How will the winning delegates participate in the Innovation Summit?

Our e-Patient delegates may be asked to speak individually or in groups, under guidance of the IDEO design team, which is helping to facilitate the Innovation Summit again this year.

Delegates will also take part in panel discussions, representing patient needs to industry, regulatory, and design experts. Some of the winning videos may be aired at the Summit.

Prior to the Summit, we plan to feature each of our winners on

How is this program funded?

The 2012 Patient Voices Contest and DiabetesMine Innovation Summit are made possible by contributions from these sponsoring organizations:


Sanofi-aventis U.S., A SANOFI COMPANY





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