Winners of the Outware Hackathon for mobile health were announced today!

There were six prizes on offer. Every team created a working, proof-of-concept prototype to demonstrate their idea. The winners were:

VicHealth Challenge Winner: 3+hings – An iOS app that encourages and incentivises the practice of reflecting on what you’re grateful for in order to increases overall happiness, combat depression, and increase overall life satisfaction.

3+hings

HISA & Dragon Claw Challenge Winner: The Flare Diary – An Android app that allows users to monitor flare pains. Users can measure severity, symptoms and location by audio or touch.

FlareDiary

nib Foundation & DSR Challenge Winner: Swipe for Sport – A ‘Tinder’ like Android app for crowdsourcing sports and recreational facilities and program data. It does this by engaging all sports enthusiasts, making it as easy and fun as possible and rewarding people with “fitcred”.

SwipeForSport

Most Innovative: Schmooze – An iOS app that engages users in a conversation using artificial intelligence to lighten the mood. It simulates a friend to talk to, and helps users work through their problems and emotions.

Schmooze

Best Execution: Choice-O-Matic – An iPad game where  users encounter various people and enter into conversations about common issues that young people face. It uses positive reinforcement to teach young people how to effectively open up about issues and approach difficult conversations.

Choice-O-Matic

Popular Choice: Uplift – An iOS game and Facebook community that teaches young people a scientifically proven breathing exercise to reduce and manage stress.

Uplift

Congratulations teams! It was a great effort by all and well deserved.

Check out the event summary in this PDF or on Slideshare.

 

 

Author: Shruthi Anandan, Junior UX Designer

When people ask me “How is life at Outware?”, I can’t help but smile… In a very competitive field, getting a job at Outware just after graduation has been like a dream run. The past few weeks have been an amazing learning experience. Outware has made me realise the potential in myself and has kept me on my toes from the day I started.

Outware has opened my doors to the real world of design through various internal and client facing projects. Being a junior UX Designer, I am responsible for designing apps that will be used in the real world.

Working Environment
Outware realises the importance of a lively work environment and hence has eliminated the monotonous work schedule for its employees. It provides us with different applications to build on, different platforms to work on and different problems to solve within a stipulated time. There has never been a dull moment, and I absolutely enjoy the fact that there are no more Monday blues when I am doing the work that I always have dreamt of, in such a reputed company for which people compete against.

Kitchen-Chat

Events & Hackathon
I always believed that working in a comfortable environment brings out the best in you. Outware hits that ball right out of the park by making the office a second home to each and every soul working for the company. Organising events adds to this. There is always something or other popping out every month. Last Friday, we had our quarterly meet, which played an important role for new starters like me to get to know people at Outware. One of the most awaited events at Outware was the one day “Hackathon”, which provided us with an opportunity to develop something that we have always wanted to work on. The most exciting and rewarding part of this event was the support provided by colleagues in accomplishing the task as a team.

Shruthi-Presenting

The Team
One of the strengths of Outware is ‘the team’. Members of the Outware family are empires in their respective field. Each and every team has a fascinating leader who leads his/her supporting team members. Adding flavour to that, Outware brings in Melbourne’s strength into the teams, which is the diversity – both in culture and in experience. That makes us even more versatile/strong in different aspects.

Company-Standup

Passionate About Mobile Tech
Being a tech company, there is no scarcity for tech geeks and tech gossip in the office. Whether it is the latest Apple Watch or the trending Material Design and Android Studio, our office provides us with a platform to keep ourselves updated on the latest tech news. We even get a chance to lay our hands on the latest tech gadget soon after its release. What more can we ask?

Apple Watch

To conclude, the “Outware” phase of my life is full of moments that I will treasure forever. It has been an ultimate pleasure to have landed in this job within a short time after my graduation and to get involved in big projects. Be it one of the directors or a new starter at Outware, their passion towards technology unites us together as a huge Outware family. If you want to stamp your name in the biggest apps of Australia, then this is the right place for you to start your journey. I have already climbed a few steps up in the ladder. Have you??

Health-Hackathon-Montage-2015

The Outware Hackathon for Mobile Health was a great success with 17 teams presenting working prototypes to address the 3 key challenges presented by our partners in health:

  1. To build young people’s resilience using digital technologies.
  2. To provide people with rheumatoid disease the ability to monitor and manage their own care arrangements and to quickly share relevant information with clinicians.
  3. To improve access to suitable sport and recreation programs and facilities for people with a disability.

The result was a spectacular array of products including:

  • Uplift – A game that teaches young people a simple and effective breathing exercise to manage stress
  • Threshold – An Apple Watch app for chronic pain management
  • 3 things – An app that uses gratitude to help people build resilience
  • Bump Me – An Android app that uses NFC technology to gamify socialising in person
  • Go Mobile – An Android Wear app that helps people with a disability find appropriate sports and recreational facilities
  • Even a 3D printed heart for a trophy!
  • And many, many more

On the same day, Outware Mobile also held a seminar for our guests all about the current mobile health landscape. We were incredibly fortunate to have three great speakers :

Winners will be announced next next Monday 11 May. Watch this space!

If you’re interested in finding out more about the Hackathon or the Mobile Health Seminar, please contact us.