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2012 Go Viral to Improve Health Challenge

Based on the success of last spring’s event, the IOM and NAE are sponsoring the 2nd annual Go Viral to Improve Health:  Health Data Collegiate Challenge.  Working in interdisciplinary teams that meld technological skills with health knowledge, college students can generate powerful apps to improve health for individuals and communities.  A video of last year’s first-place winners presenting their app, Sleep Bot, at the 2011 Health Data Initiative Forum can be found here:  http://www.iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/HealthData/2011-JUN-09/Morning-Session/Presentations/Challenge.aspx.

We need your help in reaching out to students about the challenge.  Information about eligibility, judging criteria, and registration is available on our webpage, http://www.iom.edu/goviral, and our Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/goviraltoimprovehealth.  We have also developed a flyer that you can download and print:  http://www.iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/HealthData/~/media/Files/Activity%20Files/PublicHealth/HealthData/posterweb.pdf to help spread the message about this year’s student challenge.

I encourage you to help us get the word out by “liking” us on Facebook and forwarding information about the challenge to faculty and students who may be interested in participating.  Also, the suggestion has been made that teams consider using NLM data, APPs, etc. in developing their apps.  This year, a total of $10,000 in prizes will be available to the student teams who develop the best new health apps.  Team registration is open until February 10, 2012.

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