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The DiabetesMine™ Innovation Initiative began back in 2007, when founder Amy Tenderich posted an Open Letter to Steve Jobs, calling for the gurus of consumer design to help revolutionize design of diabetes devices. This generated a great deal of buzz in the industry and ultimately launched a contest to help revolutionize the design of diabetes devices for the nation’s 24 million diabetics.

The DiabetesMine™ Design Challenge was an open crowdsourcing competition hosted here from 2008-2011 to foster creative new tools for improving life with diabetes.  In 2012, we’re turning the spotlight on Patient Voices — with a new crowdsourcing competition that asks patients to speak out about their most pressing unmet needs.

It’s all built on the roaring success of the DiabetesMine Design Challenge. For background, read the 2011 Press Release in PDF format, and learn how this contest got started by reading our Innovation Project Story page.

Selected press coverage of the Design Challenge and its impact:

TechCrunch 2007The Post that Started It All 



UK Guardian – Should Apple Make Insulin Pumps?

The New York Times – Medical Devices Aren’t Always User-Friendly

CNet – Future of Diabetes Devices Could be a “Charmr”

BusinessWeek – Designing for Diabetics


European Medical Device Technology (EMDT) – why device manufacturers must learn to like social media

Chicago Tribune – read how we all started a national campaign for improved med-device design!



The Huffington Post – the backstory + overview – interview with former winner and current judge Samantha Katz

Healthcare Communication News – profile of 2011 winner Emily Allen and her virtual pet solution


Diabetes Forecast – online brief

Northwestern University – two teams take top honors

Northwestern Segal Design Institute – Grand Prize winners

Mobile Health News – “Glimpse of the mHealth Future”

Read/Write Web – LifeCase & LifeApp Solutions Wins $10,000 Diabetes Challenge