Merck sponsored an Alexa Diabetes Challenge with at $125,000 prize for the first place finisher. They had 96 submissions from researchers, software companies, startups and healthcare providers, which were tapered down to five finalists. These finalists then presented their ideas live to an audience and panel of judges in late September.
The winner was Wellpepper who designed Sugarpod, a voice-enabled diabetes care plan. This allows users to use their voices to complete daily tasks, from recording blood sugar levels and mealtimes to tracking their medication adherence.
Wellpepper also created a porotype scale to use in conjunction with the diabetes care plan that can scan and record images of patient's feet. Leading to earlier detection of foot ulcers, the leading source of amputations form people with diabetes.
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