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War on Diabetes Designathon

Singapore has the second highest proportion of diabetics among developed nations, according to a report in 2015 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). In 2016, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong declared a “War on Diabetes” to inspire collective action to help people prevent and manage Type 2 Diabetes.

Fortunately, it is possible to live a life free of Type 2 Diabetes through behaviour changes such as proactive health screening,

increasing physical activity, improving eating habits, and adhering to medical advice and prescriptions.

In keeping with this vision, the War on Diabetes Designathon invites healthcare professionals, designers, students, and passionate innovators to design programmes or tools to motivate citizens to take charge of their health and fight Type 2 Diabetes.

Why You Should Join

Learn

Learn

Get insights into the challenges around diabetes prevention and opportunities.

Build

Build

Co-create with other like-minded and passionate innovators.

Pitch

Pitch

Present to senior leaders of the healthcare community!

Get rewarded

Get Rewarded!

Stand a chance to win from a prize pool of $13,500!

Is this your first Designathon? Drop us an email and we’d be happy to answer any questions you have about participating.

Key Dates

Workshop

Workshop

Thursday, 22 June

Hear insights from the experts and engage in a discussion on the issues.

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Designathon

War on Diabetes Designathon

Friday, 30 June – Saturday, 1 July

Consult expert mentors, design and prototype your solution, and begin testing it in the real world.

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Third Prize

Designathon Pitch Day

Saturday, 8 July

Practice your presentation and pitch to a panel of senior healthcare industry leaders.

 

Organised By

MOH
HPB

Supporting Partners

SingHealth
HPB

Challenges

 

Challenge #1: Interventions for persons at high risks of developing Type 2 Diabetes

According to the findings of the National Health Survey conducted in 2010, 14.4% of Singapore residents aged 18-69 were diagnosed as pre-diabetic, a condition where individuals are at higher risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. With appropriate lifestyle changes, pre-diabetics can reverse their condition and prevent the onset of Type 2 Diabetes.

However, even when presented with intervention programmes, such as nutrition workshops and exercise classes by HPB and partners like SingHealth, many pre-diabetics choose not to participate actively.

How might we empower pre-diabetics to take charge of their condition and halt the progression to Type 2 Diabetes?

• How can we better attract pre-diabetics to join intervention programmes?

• How can we better support individuals throughout an intervention programme, so they stay with the programme and reap maximum benefits from it?

 

Read more about pre-diabetics and HPB’s programmes.

     

Challenge #2: Increasing physical activity level among working adults

Combined with better nutrition, regular physical activity plays an important role in minimising the risk of Type 2 Diabetes. However, according to the findings from the National Health Survey conducted in 2010, 54% of adults aged 18-69 are not getting sufficient physical activity. The most common reason given for not clocking sufficient physical activity was the lack of time.

HPB believes that more can be done to engage working adults to keep them physically active, beyond the programmes that are currently offered.

How can we encourage working adults to be more physically active through exercise and sports?

• How can we better design and implement programmes that are more appealing and will sustain interest among working adults?

• How can we enable working adults to be more intrinsically motivated to overcome personal and perceived barriers to exercise or play sports?

 

Want to get more insights into these challenges? Join us at the Workshop on Thursday, 22 June, or send us an email at hello@upsingapore.com

Events

Workshop

While attendance for the Workshop is not compulsory, we highly recommend that you attend. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the Designathon challenges and meet like-minded innovators.

Programme:

• Welcome address

• Introduction to challenges: background, key insights, data, etc.

• Drivers of behavioural change and case studies

• Discussion and ideation exercise

• Networking

Date: Thursday, 22 June

Time: 6.30pm to 9pm

Venue: LEVEL3, 20 Pasir Panjang Road, East Wing, Mapletree Business City, #03-22/24, Singapore 117439

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Designathon: Day 1

We will kick off the Designathon. You’ll also get to pitch your idea and form your team.

Note: We will officially register your team on Designathon Day 1.

Programme:

• Welcome

• Recap challeneges, data sets, and tools

• Idea pitching and team formation – for those of you who are not already in a team

Date: Friday, 30 June

Time: 6.30pm to 9pm

Venue: LEVEL3, 20 Pasir Panjang Road, East Wing, Mapletree Business City, #03-22/24, Singapore 117439

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Designathon: Day 2

You’ll get to speak to subject matter and other experts and get help from these mentors to fine-tune your idea. We’ll also give you some pointers on how to test your solution in the week leading up to the Designathon Pitch Day.

Programme:

• Work time

• Mentor consultations

• Testing guidelines, tips, and tricks

Date: Saturday, 1 July

Time: 9am to 6pm

Venue: LEVEL3, 20 Pasir Panjang Road, East Wing, Mapletree Business City, #03-22/24, Singapore 117439

Designathon Pitch Day

You’ll get to do a practice run of your pitch, and receive feedback on your presentation. Then, you’ll pitch your solution to a panel of senior healthcare leaders!

Guest of Honour: Mr Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Health

Programme:

• Pitch presentation clinics

• Final pitches

• Results announcement and prize ceremony

Date: Saturday, 8 July

Time: 9am to 6pm

Venue: LEVEL3, 20 Pasir Panjang Road, East Wing, Mapletree Business City, #03-22/24, Singapore 117439

 

Got a question about the programme? Drop us an email at hello@upsingapore.com.

Prizes

First Prize

$5,000

First Prize

Second Prize

$3,000

Second Prize

Third Prize

$2,000

Third Prize

 
Merit Prize

$1,000

Merit Prize

Merit Prize

$1,000

Merit Prize

 
First Prize

$500

Best Design

Second Prize

$500

Best Use of Data / APIs

Third Prize

$500

Best Use of Technology

FAQ

What is UP Singapore?

“Urban Prototyping” is a new movement where people from the public, private and people sectors come together to tackle the wide range of social and environmental challenges facing our cities. Urban Prototyping (UP) is a platform managed by Padang & Co, the Open Innovation Company, for crowdsourcing ground-breaking innovations – creating technology and data-enabled enterprises by giving participants access to new technologies and data. At the heart of this platform is a UP Singapore community of 8,000 innovators and change-makers.

It’s my first UP Singapore event. What exactly will happen during the Designathon?

The Designathon is intended to be a fun work event, where people volunteer their time and skills to work on their ideas in teams.

The Designathon will begin on Friday night (30 June) where we will quickly recap the challenges, datasets, and tools available. You will have a chance to pitch your idea and get like-minded participants to join your team.

On Saturday (1 July), a range of expert mentors will be at hand help you develop your idea and prototype. Most of this first Saturday consists of work time for the teams, so please bring your laptop and any other equipment or materials that you need to work on your idea / prototype. Food and drink are provided throughout.

You will be given some testing guidelines, so that you may test your solutions in the week leading up to the Designathon Pitch Day on Saturday, 8 July.

Please also see the UP code of conduct. Check out the UP Singapore blog post “How to Hack a Hackathon” for tips and tricks to make the most of your Designathon experience!

Do I need to be able to code to participate?

Not necessary. We welcome people with different skill-sets and would expect everyone to contribute to their respective teams. We ask you to indicate what type of participant you are at registration, so we know the mix.

What do I need to do / build at the Designathon? Must it be an app?

Your solution does not necessarily have to be an app. It can be an innovative programme that is supported by some form of technology. We ask that any solution presented is fully fleshed out and it appropriate, supported by a demonstration of a working prototype.

Is attendance at the Workshop mandatory? What is in the workshop?

Attendance is not mandatory, but is highly encouraged. The Workshop will be a useful primer to the Designathon. We will introduce the challenges of the Designathon and invite expert speakers to give them context. We’ll also run a short ideation exercise to help you start thinking about your idea and discussing them with other participants.

How many people are allowed in a team? Must I form a team beforehand?

All teams should have 3 to 5 people. You will have an opportunity to form your team at the Workshop and at Designathon Day 1.

Are the participants free to use any technologies?

Yes, you are free to use any technologies. The use of tools introduced at the workshops is not mandatory. WiFi is provided, and please bring your own laptop.

What is the closing date for registration for the Designathon?

We accept registrations up to the start of the Designathon on 30 June. However, as space is limited, we encourage you to register as soon as possible.

Do the participants need to be present throughout the Designathon days? Must participants stay overnight?

There is no restriction on your movement. Just make sure that all the team members work out your respective roles and responsibilities. The workspace will stay open until 6pm on Saturday, 1 July. You are not required to work overnight.

Is there any age limit for the participants?

There is no age limit. We welcome anyone of any age, so long as they have something to contribute. However, if you are below 18 years old, please let us know ahead of time, so we can prepare a parental / guardian consent form for you.

Why do you need a deposit of $10 at registration?

The $10 deposit is only to ensure that participants are committed to attend the Designathon. Once you check in at the Designathon on 30 June, the full amount will be refunded.

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