Finalists from UNICEF selected in Global ‘Wearables for Good’ Design Challenge to Transform Children’s Lives

#WearablesForGood design challenge set by UNICEF, ARM and frog attracts 250 entries from 46 countries across the world

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.unicef.org.uk

The completed projects will be submitted in October, with the two winners announced in November at a tech event in Helsinki, Finland and ARM TechCon (Santa Clara, US). The winners will each receive a prize of $15,000, along with incubation and mentoring from UNICEF, ARM and Frog Design.  The finalists are:

  • CommunicAID, U.S: a bracelet that tracks medication treatment
  • Droplet, U.S: a wrist-worn wearable water purification device
  • Guard Band, Vietnam: a wristband that helps protect children from abuse
  • Khushi Baby, India and U.S: a necklace-type wearable to track child immunization in the first two years of life
  • Raksh, India: a device worn in the ear to track a child’s respiration rate, heart rate, body temperature and relative breath humidity designed by a team of university students
  • Soapen, India and U.S.: an interactive crayon-like device that encourages hand washing among young children
  • Telescrypts, East Africa and U.S: a wearable device to take patients’ vitals and send the data to health care workers
  • TermoTell, Nigeria and U.S: a bracelet used to monitor and analyze a child’s temperature in real-time in order to save the lives of children at risk of malaria
  • Totem Open Health Patch, Netherlands: a small sensor-based device that is part of a wider Totem Open Health system for wearable health technology
  • WAAA!, U.K.: A sensor-based neonatal health surveillance tool.

Erica Kochi, co-lead and co-founder of Unicef Innovation said: “The ideas from the 10 finalists demonstrate how wearable technology can be applied in resource-constrained environments, creating viable business opportunities for the technology sector in developing markets. We’re excited to review the finalists’ refined ideas over the coming months to pick two that have the potential to improve the lives of women and children at a national or global scale.”

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