Vodafone Mobiles for Good winners
During PICNIC Festival 2012, the winners of Vodafone Netherlands' Mobiles for Good Challenges were announced. The winners focus on tackling malaria, making hospital visits easier for the elderly, and helping people overcome speech impediments.
On September 18th, the Vodafone Foundation and the Waag Society announced the winners of their first Vodafone Mobiles for Good competition at PICNIC Festival 2012.
The competition is aimed at promoting mobile technology as a way to improve healthcare and well-being. The jury selected the three winners from 73 submissions. They will receive a prize of 40,000 euro, office space in Amsterdam and professional guidance in accelerating their products for introduction to the market.
In the category 'Self-Management':
Pieter van Boheemen, Wouter Bruins en Jelmer Cnossen developed a mobile malaria tester, with which docters in remote areas can diagnose patients within 40 minutes. Until now, such diagnoses required 3 weeks. With the smart use of technology, these students from the Technical University of Delft have made a product that can reduce the amount of victims of malaria worldwide.
In the category 'Healthy Aging';
Dr. Marlies Schijven, a surgeon at the Academic Medical Center of Amsterdam has developed a mobile application that provides elderly patients with guidance by a hospital aid before, during and after their hospital visit. The patient experiences less stress allround and has the opportunity to review the consultation with the aid.
In the category 'Smart Accessibility’:
Ton Schalke of the Dutch company A-soft has developed a speech assistant app that give people with speech impairments their voices back. This can be a result of aphasia, a stroke or as a result of problems with your vocal chords. The app helps patients define a set of words that immediately become visible as buttons on the screen and are consequently vocalised.
Rob Shuter, CEO van Vodafone Nederland en Chairman of the ‘Mobiles for Good’ jury: “It was an inspiring day, in which I particularly noticed the drive and dedication of the competitors during the pitching session. We hope that we can play an important part in helping the winners to further develop their products and play a part in the lives of other people”
Mobiles for Good jury members:
- Rob Shuter, CEO of Vodafone, the jury included:
- Louise Gunning, Chairman of the Board of the University of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
- Patrick de Zeeuw, Co-founder and Board member of Startupbootcamp International
- Marleen Stikker, Managing Director the Waag Society and Co-founder and Chairman of PICNIC
- Daan Dohmen, entrepreneur in healthcare innovation and CEO Focus Cura Group
For more information, visit Vodafone Mobiles for Good.