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March 21, 2014

A design for life: the future of healthcare is mobile

The second round of the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE is go!

Two years ago, Nokia opened up a pioneering competition to stimulate the development of next-generation sensing technologies that can revolutionize healthcare.

Nanobiosym Health RADAR was awarded the $525,000 Grand Prize in the first competition of the $2.25 million Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE, for its groundbreaking Gene-RADAR sending concept.

Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE

Now, the second round of the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE is shaping up to push the edges of innovation even further.

As advances in mobile computing spread from our laptops and phones to smart watches and tracking bracelets, sensors and data capture analytics increasingly have the ability to unlock secrets of our health.

The wearable tech revolution will soon become visible, usable and available to people everywhere, obtaining insights to drive better dietary habits and improve exercise regimes.

These same technologies could even have a more profound impact for those who lack access to advanced, or even basic, healthcare due to poor infrastructure or limited resources.

To have the largest and most widespread effect possible, we believe it’s vital that we continue the development of these technologies with both fitness and fundamental health in mind. The dual impetus will lead to better, more useful products and will also enable life-saving technologies to scale more quickly.

Making use of the efficiency and reliability of mobile networks and computing infrastructure can offer people the opportunity to surpass limitations imposed by their local conditions, such as lack of roads or political or social conflicts.


The idea of, one day, being able to deliver the benefits of a fully staffed healthcare facility with unlimited resources and top-of-the-line diagnostic equipment, entirely though a device that’s totally portable and requires very little power to run is one that we hope will become reality.


Which is where the teams competing in the second Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE competition come in. We can’t wait to see their fresh ideas and innovative thinking.


We’re encouraging all inventors, engineers and others who care passionately about health and technology, in all parts of the world, to enter. By working together, we have the chance to radically improve people’s lives across the globe. Registration will close on April 16th 2014.

The only limits on the possibilities are those who choose to accept.