Following closely on the success of the “Show us Your App” contest, NN/LM is sharing this information about another challenge from the Institutes of Medicine (IOM). The IOM is an arm of the National Academies which also includes the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering , the National Research Council. Please share this information with anyone interested in connecting people with health information via Apps. This is a great opportunity to once again showcase the wealth of NLM resources through Apps created for the public.
Based on the success of last spring’s event, the IOM and NAE are sponsoring the 2nd annual Go Viral to Improve Health: Health Data Collegiate Challenge. Working in interdisciplinary teams that meld technological skills with health knowledge, college students can generate powerful apps to improve health for individuals and communities. A video of last year’s first-place winners presenting their app, Sleep Bot, at the 2011 Health Data Initiative Forum.
We need your help in reaching out to students about the challenge. Information about eligibility, judging criteria, and registration is available on our webpage, and our Facebook page, . We have also developed a flyer that you can download and print to help spread the message about this year’s student challenge. I encourage you to help us get the word out by “liking” us on Facebook and forwarding information about the challenge to faculty and students who may be interested in participating. This year, a total of $10,000 in prizes will be available to the student teams who develop the best new health apps. Team registration is open until February 10, 2012.