Innovate UK’s Quantified Self contest offers £175,000 funding, in partnership with leading industry experts - Briefing 21st September; Deadline 27th October 2015

Quantified Self technology has grown in popularity, with the rise of consumer devices like Fitbit and FuelBand. The ability to track a person’s daily inputs has become substantially easier with the increased usage of smartphones and wearable technology. 

The Government’s projections for the number of people over the age of 60 is expected to pass the 20 million mark by 2030 and psychological illnesses in young people are on the rise. Digital technology has the power to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of people, to help prevent health issues ranging from obesity to depression.  As well as each receiving up to £35,000 in funding, the five winners will also cement partnerships with industry leaders to undergo a pre-commercial trial. Partners include Bupa, Saga, AXA PPP healthcare and Toshiba. Chef and campaigner Jamie Oliver is also launching a category on quantified nutrition, following his latest TV documentary, which investigated sugar’s huge contribution to global health problems like obesity and type 2 diabetes.

The winning entrepreneurs will keep 100 per cent of their IP and will receive mentorship and promotion to help bring their solutions to market.

The five categories and their respective partners are:

* Re-imagining data capture: Bupa 

* Improved wellbeing in later life: Saga

* Quantified nutrition: Jamie Oliver 

* Self-tracking for young people: Toshiba

* Emotional wellbeing in working age: AXA PPP healthcare

The deadline for applications is noon, Tuesday 27 October 2015. Shortlisted entries will be invited to a live pitch and Q&A with a panel of judges. The final trial launch for successful applicants is scheduled to take place in autumn 2016.

There will be a briefing event in London on the 21st September. Full information on the contest is available at https://ictomorrow.innovateuk.org/events-view/-/events/28802975 

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