Public health meets social media
The Institute of Medicine and National Academy of Engineering are trying to tap into the magical fairy dust of social media to try to improve the public’s health.
The two government groups are offering a total of $6,000 to college students in a contest to create a Web or mobile phone vehicle that uses extremely fast technology-driven interaction—if only there were a buzzword describing that—to improve the public’s health.
The contest, called the Go Viral to Improve Health: IOM-NAE Health Data Collegiate Challenge, offers a $3,000 first prize, $2,000 second prize and $1,000 third prize to the teams of students that best harness technology and data to solve “vexing health issues,” according to a news release.
The challenge calls on college students in “engineering, computer science and health disciplines to work in interdisciplinary teams to transform health data into new mobile apps, online tools or games, or other innovative products that can improve health at the community level,” the release states.
While the prize money may not be enough to draw the interest of the next Mark Zuckerberg, it sure would buy a lot of video games, ramen noodles and beer.
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