Finalists selected in Global ‘Wearables for Good’ Design Challenge to Transform Children’s Lives – ARM, UNICEF & frog

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

LONDON & NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–New wearable technologies, including a malaria alert bracelet for
infants, a water purification band, and an ear-worn pneumonia monitor,
are among the 10 ideas selected for the final stage of the Wearables for
Good design challenge. Launched in May 2015 by partners UNICEF, ARM and
frog, the objective was to create the most globally inclusive design
competition ever. Less than three months later, teams and individuals
from 46 countries, covering six continents, had entered with 250 design
ideas submitted to the judges.

The 10 shortlisted teams consist of innovative designers, engineers and
technologists who have all created remarkable new wearable and
sensor-based devices capable of helping the world’s most vulnerable
people. This is a departure from the current mainstream wearables
market, which is mainly focused on lifestyle devices for the developed
world. The Wearables for Good design challenge expands that focus,
showing how wearables can save lives by tackling maternal and child
health issues in the most difficult physical and energy-constrained

The finalists’ design ideas address issues including health, the
availability of potable water, sanitation and hygiene, and child
protection. The teams will now move into the next phase of the
competition where they will attempt to turn their concepts into working

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

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.”

Simon Segars, CEO, ARM said: “We launched a technology competition and
we have ended up with 10 ideas that could all save the lives of millions
of vulnerable children. It shows there is a wealth of untapped expertise
and ideas out there for new wearable devices that can fulfil a wholly
different purpose than is associated with them now.”

Denise Gershbein, Executive Creative Director, frog said: “As we kick
off this next phase of the challenge, our goal is to not only help
develop impactful design solutions, but to catalyze a conversation
around the actual definition of wearables and the idea of social impact.
Wearables are no longer just devices we wear on our bodies to measure
our heart rate or count our steps. What really makes them ‘tick’ is when
they are embedded within the context of entire networks, generating
significant sustainable social impact. We are excited to help the 10
finalists navigate this challenge and, in turn, rally the global
community to explore greater use case potential for wearables and sensor

During this next stage of the challenge the finalists will receive
coaching from a number of experts within the field to help them turn
their design ideas into working prototypes.


About the finalists:

Please visit the Wearables
for Good Challenge
website for profiles on each of the finalists.


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