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Alexa Diabetes Challenge announces five finalists

Each finalist will receive $25,000 and 10,000 AWS promotional credits, and advance to the Virtual Accelerator.

Alexa Diabetes Challenge announces five finalists

The Alexa Diabetes Challenge announced its five finalists, selected from the pool of 96 submissions from across the healthcare landscape, including research institutions, software companies, startups, and healthcare providers.

The panel of judges, independent from Merck, narrowed the field down to the following five finalists:

  • DiaBetty, University of Illinois: A virtual diabetes educator and at-home coach that is sensitive and responsive to the patient's mood, enhancing patient skills for self-management.
  • My GluCoach, HCL America, Inc.: A holistic management solution that blends the roles of voice-based diabetes teacher, lifestyle coach, and personal assistant to serve the individual and specific needs of the patient.
  • PIA: Personal intelligent agents for type 2 diabetes, Ejenta: A connected care intelligent agent that uses NASA-licensed AI technology integrated with IoT device data to encourage healthy habits, detect at-risk behaviors and abnormalities, and alert care teams.
  • Sugarpod, Wellpepper: A multimodal solution, including a smart foot scanner, that provides specialized voice, mobile, video, and web interactions based on the task and patient preferences to support patient adherence to comprehensive care plans.
  • T2D2: Taming type 2 diabetes, together, Elliot Mitchell, Biomedical Informatics PhD Student at Columbia University, and team: A virtual nutrition assistant that uses machine learning to provide in-the-moment personalized education and recommendations as well as meal planning, and food and glucose logging.

"These finalists showcase how one day people may use Alexa skills and fully integrated AWS services to create new healthcare scenarios," said Steve Halliwell, Director of Healthcare and Life Sciences at Amazon Web Services, Inc. "We are excited to support the finalists in helping people better manage their own health through voice-enabled technology."

Each finalist will receive $25,000 and 10,000 AWS promotional credits, and advance to the Virtual Accelerator, during which they will receive expert mentorship as they continue to develop their proposals. In addition, Luminary Labs will host an Innovators' Boot Camp for the finalists at Amazon's Seattle headquarters.

At the end of the Virtual Accelerator, finalists will present their solutions in-person to the judges at Demo Day at the AWS Pop-up loft in NYC. The judging panel, which hails from organizations such as Boston Children's Hospital, Amazon Web Services, Inc., and Harvard University, will select a winner to receive the $125,000 grand prize.

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