Quantified Self Innovation Contest
Quantified self refers to the use of new sensing technologies (e.g. wearables) that help to track individual daily behaviour (whether it relates to the number of steps you take during the day, the hours you sleep at night, the number of calories burned), with the aim of improving individual wellbeing.
There is a strong personal data and trust angle around the overall Quantified Self movement and existing solutions. Some of the questions that need answering are:
- Who owns the data that an individual generates
- How this data can be merged and shared with other data owned by doctors and national healthcare institutions
- How personal ‘Quantified Self’ data can be effectively shared without violating the individual’s privacy, while at the same time delivering tailored services that make people’s lives healthier.
I believe the strong multi-sectoral expertise of the Personal Data and Trust Network can answer some of these questions and propose some new and interesting ideas and services in the four areas addressed by the call: nutrition; older people; younger people; and mental health and data capture.
The Call is seeking solutions that will focus on ways of empowering users to take ownership of their data to influence behaviour change and improve wellbeing.
If this sounds interesting to you, please consider taking a look at the Call and apply if you have a relevant and interesting idea, or to share with your network. Winning applicants will receive help to boost their ideas and work with exciting partners, such as Jamie Oliver, Toshiba, AXA PPP Insurance, Saga and Bupa, providing support with data and commercially valuable use cases.
IC Tomorrow will be announcing more information about this contest including full challenges and how to apply soon. Please keep your eyes peeled.
Michele Nati is Privacy and Trust Technical Leader at the Digital Catapult.