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Call for young people with Type 1 to take on Diabetes App Challenge

The Diabetes App Challenge is inviting people with Type 1 diabetes aged 16 to 25, to design and test internet and mobile phone applications – 'apps' – which will help them get the most out of their healthcare appointments.

The competition is part of a research project, and participants could win money at the same time as shaping effective healthcare for themselves and others.

More young people with Type 1 needed for competition

The researchers thanked those who have already signed up and are working hard at designing apps, but emphasised that more young people with Type 1 diabetes are needed. The researchers - at Peninsula Medical School and Plymouth University - are supported by a grant from Diabetes UK.

App designers need input from young people with Type 1

Lead investigator, Professor Jonathan Pinkney, said, "Since the competition opened in June, nine teams have come together to produce apps, including young people with diabetes and computer science students from all over the UK.

“However, there are app designers keen to take part, but who are in need of some diabetes know-how and who want to team up with young people with diabetes.”

The researchers believe that modern technology already in the hands of young people could help them to interact more effectively with healthcare professionals in a way that suits them.

How to take part

Anyone wishing to join the competition is welcome, as long as one member of their team is aged 16 to 25 and is living in the UK, with insulin-treated diabetes.

Individuals and teams are encouraged to design and develop an app that might help others prepare for, and get the most out of, diabetes healthcare appointments.

Shortlisted apps will receive payment for each downloaded app

The competition closing date is 14 October 2012, after which, the researchers will invite more young people with diabetes to try out and review shortlisted apps. Designers of shortlisted apps will receive a payment every time someone downloads their app. The most successful apps will go on to inform future research on diabetes self-management for young people.

Online support for app developers

The researchers are offering information on how to apply, technical support, and a forum for app developers on the competition website (www.diabetesappchallenge.org.uk). Updates on the project are also available through theDiabetes App Challenge Facebook page  and theTwitter page: @DiabApp2012

With support from their advisory group of young people with diabetes, the researchers have also put together two videos that explain how apps could help to improve diabetes clinic appointments. These can be found on YouTube:

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