Games4Health winners get total of $50,000 to improve health using digital games

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Games4Health winners get total of $50,000 to improve health using digital games

As Americans grow more concerned about the obesity epidemic, video games tend to get a bad rap. But what if a video game could actually improve your health?

That’s the challenge the Sorenson Center for Discover & Innovation at the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business presented in its annual Games4Health college student challenge.

Students from around Utah and the world recently competed in the 2015 Games4Health competition, which awarded $50,000 in prize money to winners in multiple categories for digital games that improve various aspects of health and wellbeing.

The healthcare industry finds itself in the midst of the most profound transformation in over a century. Digital technologies are expected to drive positive change around the world.

“This year we have doubled the amount of prize money for our challenge, making this the largest student health gaming challenge in the world,” said Chris Wasden, executive director of the Sorenson Center for Discovery & Innovation. “We’ve seen tremendous interest in health gaming from major corporations such as MetLife and entrepreneurial startups such as Arches Health Plan.”

Here is a list of the 2015 competition winners:

Arches Challenge

  1. Health Apocalypse | BYU Hawaii |$3,000
  2. Micro White Knight | BYU Hawaii | $1,000

MetLife Distracted Driving

  1. Safety Sentinel | University of Utah | $2,500
  2. Driver Face-off | University of Utah | $1,000
  3. Heads Up | University of Utah | $500
  4. Hermes | University of Utah | Nominee
  5. Drive Aware | University of Utah | Nominee

iThrive Resilience Challenge

  1. PriMe | University of Kansas; University of Texas-Dallas & Deakin University-Australia | $4,000
  2. WireFrame(Resolute) | University of Utah | $3,000
  3. Beyond Bounce | Bellevue University | $2,000
  4. Morphgames |  BYU Hawaii | Nominee
  5. Happy Tomato | University of Utah | Nominee

Sorenson Clinical Challenge

  1. Airplane | University of Utah | $4,000
  2. Speech Activate | University of Utah | $1,500
  3. Veincraft | University of Utah | $1,000
  4. Ojos | University of Utah | Nominee
  5. ALS(AIDE) | University of Utah | Nominee

Sorenson Wellbeing Challenge – Game

  1. TTORING | Korea University | $4,000
  2. StepPets | University of Utah |$3,000
  3. Mission Everest | University of Utah | $1,000
  4. Future Media Art | Chung-Ang University | Nominee
  5. Eternal Dragon | University of Utah | Nominee

Sorenson Wellbeing Challenge – Wireframe

  1. (tied) Health&Games | Deakin University & Sonoa Health Australia | $2,000
    (tied) Health Wars | BYU | $2,000

Best Video

  • Health&Games | $1,000
  • PriMe | $1,000

Best Business Model

  • StepPets | $1,000

Best Testing Protocol

  • Airplane | $1,000

Best Behavior Change

  • Veincraft | $1,000

Best Poster

  • Health Apocalypse | $1,000

Kids’ Choice

  • Flight Anxiety | $500
  • MetDriving | $500

People’s Choice

  • Speech Focus by Speech Activate  $1,000

 

2015-04-08T16:17:19-06:00April 8th, 2015|

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