SOURCE: Institute for the Future

Institute for the Future

October 08, 2010 09:00 ET

IFTF Announces the Winners of BodyShock: 5 Top Design Ideas to Transform Lifestyles and Well-Being in the Next Decade

The Winning Ideas Are Innovations in the Areas of Sleep Tracking, Gaming for Mental Health, Dinnerware Design, Patient Narratives, and Bringing Health Information to Underserved Medical Communities; This Is a Glimpse of the Future of Global Health

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwire - October 8, 2010) -  With obesity, diabetes, and chronic disease rampaging populations around the world, Institute for the Future (IFTF) decided to turn up the volume on global well-being. On October 8, the five winners of IFTF's BodyShock competition for crowdsourced designs and solutions for better health will present their ideas to the world.

BodyShock launched in June and called upon the public to design innovative ways to improve individual and collective health over the next 3-10 years by transforming our bodies and lifestyles. For over 11 weeks, there were 112 video or graphical entries illustrating new ideas, designs, products, technologies, and concepts, submitted by people around the world. The entries collected over 8,000 votes and generated over 1,000 tweets. The five winners, as selected by the public and BodyShock judges, are:

The winners will present their ideas at IFTF in Palo Alto, California on October 8 and be connected to other innovative thinkers to help bring these ideas to life. One grand prize winner will be selected from the five above to receive the $3,000 IFTF Roy Amara Prize for Participatory Foresight.

"It was incredibly inspiring to see the variety of ideas coming in from around the world, from augmented reality running to customized synthetic bacteria to 'random acts of healthy living' programs," said Alexandra Carmichael, co-creator of BodyShock and member of the Health Horizons Program team at IFTF. "I look forward to helping the winning ideas take root in the world and running BodyShock again next year!"

Other notable ideas were:
Interactive Fitness Gaming
Bioactive Nitrous Oxide Meter
Would you eat off a toilet seat?
The Future of Running
AED Nearby app to find the nearest defibrillator
All-in-one Health Data Reflection
What if your doctor could prescribe you a healthcare app?
The 12@12 Campaign for Health Living
Quantter: Healthy Habits Get Contagious on Social Networks
Gezellig products for seniors

David Delany from NeuroSynergy Games said, "Entering BodyShock has been very rewarding in terms of forcing us to visually clarify the more revolutionary implications of our idea. Thank you for creating the opportunity."

BodyShock's grand prize, the Roy Amara Prize, is named for IFTF's long-time president Roy Amara (1925-2007) and is part of a larger program of social impact projects at IFTF honoring his legacy, known as Amara Fund for Participatory Foresight. The Fund uses participatory tools to translate foresight research into concrete actions that address future social challenges -- using the crowd to solve the world's problems.

WHAT: A celebration to honor the BodyShock winners -- come join us to hear five 5-minute presentations on the winning visual design ideas to improve global health over the next 3-10 years by transforming our bodies and lifestyles. The grand prize winner will be announced. 
WHEN: Friday, October 8, 2010, 6-9 p.m. -- FREE and open to the public
WHERE: 124 University Ave, 2nd Floor, Palo Alto, CA -- RSVP at
WHY: Meet the competition winners and judges, be inspired by the presentations, network and enjoy refreshments with a future-oriented health community. 

About the Institute for the Future
The Institute for the Future (IFTF) is an independent, nonprofit research group with 42 years of forecasting experience. IFTF's core work is in identifying emerging trends and discontinuities that will transform global society and the global marketplace. IFTF provides insights into business strategy, design process, innovation, and social dilemmas with research that generates the foresight needed to create insights that lead to action. IFTF research spans a broad territory of deeply transformative trends, from health and health care to technology, the workplace, and human identity. The Institute for the Future is located in Palo Alto, Calif.