Engage with Grace

Submission Deadline

Submissions are Closed

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Challenge Team

Prizes

  • $2,500 + Dinner with Alexandra Drane, President, Eliza
First Place

Big Yellow Star

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Team Members

Damien Leri

This submission is a web application, and the intended audience is all adults. The goal is to help people make advance directives, and to meet this goal the project objectives include: focus on the steps needed to produce adequate legal documents; provide structure to these plans using the checklist and reminder approach; allow users to share their information with key family or friends; respect privacy, for example by not asking for more information than necessary; act as a “glue” between existing resources such as Engage with Grace and DoYourProxy.

Background

End of life preferences aren’t usually a dinner-table conversation topic. But they should be.

In 2008 Engage with Grace was started as a viral movement to help get the conversation about end of life experience started with a goal of helping to make sure individuals know, communicate, and have honored, their end of life preferences. Engage with Grace is just One Slide, with just five questions on it. Five questions designed to help get us talking with each other, with our loved ones, about those preferences. And we’re asking people to share this One Slide — wherever and whenever they can… at a presentation, at dinner, at their book club.

Description

Can you make an application that makes it easier – and maybe even fun – for people to understand their options around end of life care – and communicate this with loved ones? And can we make this application go viral?

Engage with Grace has helped thousands of people start that conversation, and we’ve connected to other tools and organizations that have living wills on paper (like Five Wishes) or online (like Do Your Proxy).

But most people who do make the effort end up faced with a living will such as this one from New York State. It gives four possible (and somewhat mutually exclusive) directions in the case of a terminal condition; a permanently unconscious condition; or a minimally conscious condition.

For instance, you might want to reinvent an active application-based living will, that allows for changes based on age, family status and more.

Or you might create an application that uses data about death and morbidity rates/outcomes (perhaps regionally or locally) to suggest what kind of care would be desirable towards the end of life based on both data and a patient’s specific situation…

Or you might want to completely change how we interact with existing living wills by changing the user interface rather than the content.

Or you might want to create an application that integrates living wills with other patient information sources that can easily be located by loved ones, or health care providers — perhaps creating a Facebook application that can be shared?

We’re looking for any application that takes the conversation from Engage with Grace forward using today (or tomorrow’s) Health 2.0 tools. There are numerous apps for checking your health, dieting, taking your pills, sleeping more…and they’re all valuable for making the life we live as healthy, happy and productive as possible…

We believe that same level of intensity in support should be available for managing the critical decisions around end of life – enabling all of us to experience the end of our lives with the same intent in which we lived them.

Review Panel

    • Alexandra Drane
    • President - Eliza
    • Matthew Holt
    • Co-Founder - Health 2.0
    • Jeff Weiss
    • Center for Corporate Innovation
    • Brad Stuart MD
    • Sutter VNA & Hospice
    • Tom Koutsoumpas
    • MLStrategies

Evaluation Criteria

End of life preferences aren’t usually a dinner-table conversation topic. But they should be. In 2008 Engage with Grace was started as a viral movement to help get the conversation about end of life experience started with a goal of helping to make sure individuals know, communicate, and have honored, their end of life preferences. Can you make an application that makes it easier – and maybe even fun – for people to understand their options around end of life care – and communicate this with loved ones? And can we make this application go viral?

Participating Teams

Big Yellow Star
CYNCZ
Paratus
MB4L
iscd ltd.

Terms & Conditions

Winner gives EWG a royalty-free non-exclusive worldwide license to use, copy for use, perform publicly, display publicly, applications developed as part of the challenge for the purpose of the Competition for five (5) years after the announcement of winners.