The DiabetesMine Design Challenge – In the News

The DiabetesMine™ Innovation Project 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.

That highly visible post helped us create the DiabetesMine Design Challenge, a first-of-its-kind open innovation competition that used crowdsourcing to call for new tools that could improve life with diabetes. What started out as a homemade effort with just a few thousand dollars in prize money grew to an internationally recognized competition, generously funded by the California Healthcare Foundation and supported by our friends at the world-famous design firm IDEO.

The big idea was giving patients a voice in the innovation process.

This generated a great deal of buzz in the industry and widespread media coverage, which essentially launched a national campaign to help revolutionize the design of diabetes devices for the nation’s 24 million diabetics.

For more background, read the 2011 Press Release in PDF format, check out our submissions gallery, and browse through the selected press coverage of the contest and its impact, below.










TechCrunch 2007The Post that Started It All 



Chicago TribuneLighting a Fire Under the Medical Device Industry

Read how we kicked off a national campaign for improved med-device design!


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

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