Design students pick up two wins at the 2009 Diabetes Mine Design Challenge
May 13, 2009 · Two teams of Northwestern designers have won awards in the 2009 Diabetes Mine Design Challenge, a competition to encourage creative new tools for improving life with diabetes.
The Grand Prize ($10,000) was won by Eric Schickli, a Master's student in Engineering Design and Innovation, and Samantha Katz, a student in the MMM program. The team designed a mobile diabetes management system called LifeCase and LifeApp.
LifeCase and LifeApp allow users to manage all aspects of their diabetes from the phones they already carry, letting them leave their cumbersome equipment cases and logbooks at home, and pumps concealed.
In addition, the Most Creative award ($5,000) was won by a team of Design for America designers: Yuri F. Malina, Kushal Amin, Hannah Chung, Can Arican, Katy Mess, Rita Huen, Sourya Roy, Justin Liu, Kevin Li, and Mert Iseri. Their design, "Jerry the Bear with Diabetes," is an interactive stuffed toy and web-based play space for children with diabetes.