Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE

The Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE is a $2.25 million global competition to accelerate the availability of hardware sensors and software sensing technology that individuals use to access, understand, and improve their health and well-being. Innovation in sensing is an important component to creating a means for appealing, usable, smarter digital health solutions.  The Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE will be comprised of two distinct Competitions held between 2013 and 2014. Prize purses totaling $2.25 million will be awarded.

Traditional laboratory tests, hospital equipment, and a limited number of machines in a doctor’s office are the primary means to get information about a person’s health today. In many countries around the world these mechanisms are in short supply; even in developed countries it is difficult to come by access to healthcare that is timely, convenient, cost effective and reliable.

Yet capturing body metrics and interpreting these readings into valuable insights about detection, assessment, treatment and management of health conditions is very possible. Sensing can be used as a faster, cheaper, easier means to get information that has been limited up to now by the capabilities of conventional testing. Improved test methods and radical new alternatives to blood testing, heart monitoring, imaging, are on the near horizon.

Readings from sensors can be used in many facets of health: to track the spread of disease, monitor our exposure to environmental factors, assess our mental state, and give us a complete picture of our state of being. Continuous monitoring through sensing can provide real-time readings as they happen and give us ongoing insight instead of just single point-in-time measurement. Software algorithms as well have the needed brain power to make perfect sense of mountains of data, revealing patterns of sickness and wellness never seen before.