RWJF Games to Generate Data Challenge Winners Announced!

RWJFThe Winners of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Games to Generate Data Challenge have been chosen! For a little background, this challenge was the second in a series of challenges sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as part of their Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) Initiative. The challenge asked participants to use gaming and gamification concepts to generate health data that can be used to supplement Aligning Forces data sets.

In the first phase, teams were asked to describe the app they would build for the challenge.  The top five finalists each received $5,000 and moved on to phase 2 to develop their concepts into functioning apps.  We are now proud to announce our three winners!

In First Place, we have wHealth, led by James Park and Edward Kim. Drs. Park and Kim took home the $100,000 Grand Prize and demoed from the main stage of the Health 2.0 Fall Conference in Santa Clara on Tuesday, October 1st. Their interactive storytelling app uses avatars to improve the health of the user. The application gives users insight into their willingness to pay for health care.  It also allows researchers to study how quality information influences decisions and analyze which factors are most important.

The Second Place $50,000 prize was awarded to Litesprite, a team headed by Swatee Surve. Litesprite’s game application addresses mental health by targeting women between the ages of 25-50 with anxiety and depression. The app uses a digital pet as an outlet and trusted companion for the user.

The Third Place $25,000 prize was won by Slawdog, led by Chris Bartek. Chris created Fantasy Healthcare, a loose adaptation of the fantasy football game concept.  The game allows users to build their own health care provider teams and compete against others using real community data.

Thanks to all the teams that participated in this challenge, and stay tuned for more challenges!

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