I have some exciting news to share. This weekend I was part of a team that won the UC Berkeley’s Digital Health Hackathon with my old roommate and some of our mutual friends (Matt, Kristen, Stephanie, Jas, and Patrick).
We made a tamagotchi-like app that would help motivate kids (ages 6-10) to report quality-of-life data to their physicians. This is particularly important for kids with diabetes and asthma.
Right now, it’s a challenge for parents to sit kids down multiple time per day to have them answer serious questions. With the app we made this weekend, kids are rewarded for answering their questions by keeping their DoubleYou (the character in our app) healthy and happy and eventually earning new outfits and accessories.
The idea is to make reporting this medical data fun for kids; hopefully, they’ll remind their parents to pass the data onto their doctor because they’ll want to see how their DoubleYou is doing.
We’re hoping there will be a domino effect — it will be easier for parents to collect needed data and then easier for doctors to have a more complete picture of how their young patients are doing.
Since it was a health related hackathon, I took the opportunity to ask people what they thought about Hazelnut. They were excited and have started making introductions to employers who might be interested in offering Hazelnut to their employees.