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IFTF would like to invite you all to join us at the BodyShock Winners Celebration.

Event RSVP:

When: October 8, 2010, from 6 - 8 p.m.

Where: IFTF's office (124 University Ave, 2nd Floor, Palo Alto, CA)

The Celebration is part of San Francisco's Health Innovation Week.

We will hear presentations from the top 5 winners of the BodyShock competition, and the best one of these ideas will receive the Roy Amara Prize for Participatory Foresight.

We hope you will join us at this event and be inspired by new ideas to BodyShock the Future of health! Please RSVP through this link

Judging criteria

Foresight: Does my idea link to the future of health and healthcare?

Global impact: How many people will my design affect around the world, or how deeply will a smaller population be affected?

Edgy: How non-obvious and creative is my idea?

Efficient: How simple and cost effective is my idea?

Attainable: Can my idea be implemented within 10 years?

Positive outcome: Will my idea help transform bodies and lifestyles to produce better health?

How it works

BodyShock is a call for ideas to improve global health over the next 3-10 years by transforming our bodies and lifestyles.

Are you:
  • a DIY scientist trying to extend healthy human life?
  • a developer who wants to invent a mobile diabetes app?
  • an elder caregiver with ideas to help people age in place?
  • a self-experimenter creating an emotional wellness tracker?
  1. Send us your visual idea by September 1, 2010. The earlier you enter, the more time you have to gather votes for your idea. Use the entry form on this page to submit a video (<5 minutes) or a graphic, illustration, chart or artwork you have created. Winners will be announced September 23.
  2. Vote for your favorite idea. Do you think musical stairs will work, or are implantable sensors a better idea? Make your voice heard - cast your vote.
  3. We'll help bring your ideas to life. Up to 5 winners will be flown to IFTF in Palo Alto, California on October 8, to present their ideas and be connected to mentors and resources. One of these ideas will also win the $3,000 Roy Amara Prize.

Good luck, and may those who help the most win.

Tips for getting started

  • Go for high impact: Think of creative product or service ideas that can significantly affect global health.
  • Don't think about today: Think at least 3 years down the road for both a problem to solve that will be widespread and a tool to use that will be mainstream. Think "artifacts from the future."
  • Idea starters: Life extension. DIY Bio. Diabetic teenagers. Developing countries. Green health. Augmented reality. Self-tracking. Pervasive games. The possibilities are endless.
  • The Challenge: Check out IFTF research on the next decade of health and healthcare to challenge and inspire you.
  • Collaborate! You can go solo, or find one or two partners to work with to build something amazing.
  • Where to post your idea: YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr, your own blog. Tag it with IFTF and BodyShock.
  • Tweet it! Tell the world: "I'm changing the future of health at #BodyShockTheFuture. Please vote for my awesome idea here -"