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FAQ

WHY IS THIS COMPETITION IMPORTANT?

Problems with lack of access, system overload, and delayed or sometimes erroneous results in the US healthcare system (and healthcare systems around the globe) have been a pressing social and political issue for many years. A component of this is the need to be able to identify one’s health state earlier, more easily and conveniently, and with greater reliability and precision. The World Health Organization identifies more than 12,000 diseases, conditions, signs, symptoms, abnormal findings, complaints, and causes of injury. But as vast as the medical corpus of knowledge already seems, it remains insignificant when compared with all of the information yet to be uncovered and discoveries yet to be made.

Health sensors have the capacity to capitalize on this ripe opportunity. People’s use of sensing, particularly if incorporated into a mobile device, has the potential to improve and extend healthcare services, reduce costs and improve availability of services to the benefit of users and healthcare providers. This potential is driven by the desire to understand our own state of health, as well as a number of social and medical trends, including obesity, chronic diseases and aging populations, that could be managed in a more advantageous way.

WHO SHOULD REGISTER?

Innovative teams who are developing sensors and sensing technologies to capture health data in a way that is impactful, convenient, scalable, and accessible.

IS THIS A GLOBAL COMPETITION?

Yes. Teams from around the world are eligible to enter and compete in each Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE.

WHAT IS THE REGISTRATION FEE FOR THE NOKIA SENSING XCHALLENGE?
WHY DOES IT COST MONEY TO ENTER THE COMPETITION?

The registration fee is $1,000 USD. The entry fee covers a portion of the operating costs for the competition including team and judging summits, comprehensive technology testing, and judging processes that are essential to staging a fair and objective competition. The fee also encourages teams to meet a minimum threshold that can potentially result in the breakthroughs we seek. XPRIZE is a non-profit entity and all funds raised are used to accomplish our mission of creating revolution through large scale competitions.

WHAT IS HEALTH SENSING?

Health sensing uses a sensor or a sensing algorithm, often times both, to draw conclusions that are indicative of a person’s health status or have the potential to impact a person’s health status.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SENSORS AND SENSING?
(WHAT IS "SENSING?")

Sensors are often, but not always, physical hardware devices or systems that can use electrical, thermal, optical, chemical, or genetic technologies to capture information about a person. This information (data) about a person can be obtained though the skin or body or through non-invasive means. The sensor can collect data for a short or long period of time, and can be measured through components worn on the body or from “passive” means built into the surrounding environment. Data for sensing can also be non-physiologically derived, such as from internet search records for the word “flu” to indicate the outbreak of sickness in a specific location, or a bank statement showing spending on gasoline to indicate a person’s daily time spent sitting and driving.

Sensing is the process of taking data and interpreting it for conclusions about a person’s state of being. Data patterns can be analyzed to show unusual variations within one person or compared to other people. Algorithms can be used to measure, convert, detect, predict, or monitor numerous elements of health.

WHO OWNS THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS TO THE TECHNOLOGY ENTERED IN THE COMPETITION?

Teams own all their Intellectual Property associated with the design, manufacture, and operation of their entries. XPRIZE makes no claim to a team’s Intellectual Property associated with the design, manufacture, operation of and the data collected by the Entry and any subsystems, except in limited instances as detailed in the Master Team Agreement.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COMPETITION 1 AND COMPETITION 2?

There are no expected changes between Competition 1 and Competition 2. The phases, criteria and guidelines for the first and second Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE are intended to be the same. The differences are in the competition schedule.

WHY IS NOKIA SPONSORING THIS PRIZE?

Nokia has created a wide spectrum of ground-breaking innovations over the years which have shaped the wireless world. Nokia has led the development of mobile phones with increasingly sophisticated levels of sensing capabilities until the mobile phone has become the most common platform on the planet for collecting social data. Nokia aims to stimulate a similar evolution in healthcare-related sensors, and is encouraged by the spirit of incentivized competitions to bring the best sensing technology forward.  

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