The Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE will be a series of two distinct events held between Q1 2013 and Q3 2014. Prize purses totaling $2.25 million will be awarded in total.

Each Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE event will include the following:

  • Registration Phase: Teams submit their entries including supporting materials such as study results, diagrams, videos, prototypes, etc.
  • Preliminary Judging Phase: Judges with expertise across multiple disciplines of sensing will evaluate entries and supporting materials – the judging panel will pare the competition down to approximately 12 finalist
  • Final Judging Phase: Teams demonstrate their systems as well as provide supplementary material, some of it at the request of the judges
  • Winners: Announcement of winners plus Awards

Download Competition Guidelines (PDF) 


A prize purse of $1.125 million is available for each of the two Competitions, for a total of $2.25 million. Each competition offers up to six awards:

  • A $525,000 Grand Prize
  • Up to five Distinguished Awards of $120,000

The judging panel will be tasked with reviewing all of the submission made during the Registration Phase and selecting the most meritorious entries. The panel will be composed of experts in health sensing technology and will represent the diversity of this sphere. In both judging phases, the judges will score the entries under review based on eight criteria:

    1. Presentation of functional behavior and technical approach
      a. Does the submission contain all the required information elements needed for initial judging to proceed?
    2. Relevance to prevalent public health needs
      a. Does the device or method address a significant public health need?
    3. Technical innovation utilized to collect and report physiological data
      a. Does the submission “stretch” technology in unique and novel ways?
      it employ novel methods to capture physiological or medical data?
    4. Accuracy, reliability and effectiveness of data collection and reporting
      a. Is the submission accurate, reliable and effective in meeting its objective?
    5. Multi-functionality/integration capability
      a. Is the submission multifunctional (e.g. can one “device/method” discern an array of diagnostic data? Is it easily integrated with other devices?
    6. Portability/form factor
      a. Is the device invasive or non-invasive? Is it portable via wireless capability or tethered? Is it intrusive or non-intrusive physically (ie.. small, light)?
    7. Human factors considerations
      a. Is the submission easy to use? Does is it have rigorous or easy personal usage requirements (such as body placement, cleaning for reuse, simplicity of operation, etc.?)
    8. Originality and creativity
      a. Is the submission a unique solution with no precedents or is it an incremental improvement on an existing technology?
      b. Is the submission a highly creative solution that will excite the imagination of the healthcare industry as well as health consumers?

The winning teams of the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE event will be determined according to the scores assigned by the expert judging panel.


The judging panel for the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE will include experts in health and medicine, disciplines of science related to sensing, software and machine learning algorithms, product development, business and commercialization of technologies.


The registration fee is US $1,000 per entry for each competition, payable in U.S. Dollars only.


To be eligible to compete and claim any prize, a team must be an Eligible Entity, as defined in the Master Team Agreement (MTA), and must otherwise comply with all the terms of the MTA. The MTA also contains a number of restrictions on the potential entrants that are intended to prevent conflicts of interest. Potential teams are also subject to these restrictions. Current employees of Nokia or any of its group of companies may neither participate in nor have financial interest in any team. The Competition is void in those countries where prohibited or restricted by law.


Teams may submit sensing technology developed for any of the principal medical sensing domains, including:

BIOSENSORSAny device that uses specific biochemical reactions to detect chemical compounds in biological samples for the purpose of detecting or measuring a specific disease state or health condition.Lab-on-a-chip, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), non-invasive blood sensing, salivary diagnostics, Circulating Nucleic Acids (CAN) and DNA analytics.
IMAGINGPhysiological imaging that incorporates radiology, nuclear medicine, investigative radiological methods, ultrasound, endoscopy, (medical) thermography, medical photography, and microscopy.Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) and positron Emission tomography (PET) scanning, Ultrasound imaging.
ENVIRONMENTALDetection and characterization of the world outside of the human organism, including pollution, water or airborne allergens, and UV light intensity among other conditions relevant to human health.Sensors that detect biological pathogens, chemical or allergenic agents including the presence of food-borne pathogens. Detection of hazardous radiation levels.
KINEMATICSMeasurement of human movement through space; absolute geographic position, velocity, and acceleration for the purpose of identifying the health status and function of individuals.Inertial measurement units (IMU) involving any level of biomechanics, motion tracking, orientation, or activity classification to indicate relative health and wellness.
BEHAVIORALMeasurement of data describing mood and emotion with sensors that offer greater accuracy, reliability and frequency than is currently feasible with self-reporting and surveys.Voice recognition, facial patterns, motion detection, sweat. Can include galvanic, auditory, visual, and behavioral clues about human mood and emotion.
PHYSIOLOGYThe quantitative measurement and visualization of physiological states including vital signs, traditional and non-traditional measures of health.Electrocardiography (ECG), electroencephalography (EEG), electromyography (EMG), body temperature, levels of relative consciousness and related.

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