Nokia Sensing X CHALLENGE: Transforming Personal Health with Sensing

It’s hard to get information about a person’s health today. The primary means are limited to tests run in a certified laboratory and equipment in a hospital or (not nearly as often) in a doctor’s office. In many countries, the tools necessary to capture data on the body is scarce. Even in developed countries, timely, convenient, cost-effective access to healthcare technologies is becoming harder and harder to find.

Nokia want’s to change that. The Nokia Sensing X CHALLENGE is a $2.25 million global competition to stimulate the development of a new generation of hardware sensors and software sensing technology that people can use to access, understand and improve their health and well-being.

Some examples of how sensors can improve overall health and quality of life include early detection of heart attack, DNA scanning for disease, and detection of symptoms prior to disease.

The Nokia Sensing X CHALLENGE will hold two challenge events over the next two years. Each event will be comprised of three phases: registration, preliminary judging and final phase judging. The winners of each competition will be the teams that submit best in class technology as determined by a non-partisan judging panel of cross-functional industry experts.

The Nokia Sensing X CHALLENGE is focused on the following aspects of health sensor and sensing technologies:

  • Technology:
    • Sensing mode: new forms of biological, chemical, thermal, optical and electrical sensing and analysis.
    • Cost and size: make many forms of sensing more widely accessible to people in their home and work environments.
    • Interlinking: make sensors “talk” to one another as well as the cloud.
    • Resource scarcity: improving the computing, communications and energy resources of sensors.
    • Computing and machine learning algorithms: pushing the development of software that can infer complex conditions such as depression or addiction from data.
  • Trustworthiness: enhancing reliability and quality of data and data delivery.
  • Privacy and Security: addressing how data is collected and evaluated.
  • Regulations, standardization and interoperability: establishing a forum and dialogue for convening industry standards to address these issues.

Check out the infographic below that shows how better data means better health.

Infographic: Better Data Means Better Health

Better data means better heath
Via: Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE

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MyHeartMap Challenge