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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system. MS can cause many symptoms, including blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, paralysis, and blindness, bladder and bowel dysfunction and more (see the challenge attachment for more detail). These problems may come and go or persist and worsen over time. MS patients struggle with a loss of independence and ability to plan or do activities because they don’t know how they would feel each day.

Patients don’t want to give up doing things they love and just want to feel as normal as possible. By tracking their symptoms and activities, patients may achieve a level of predictability and control. This results in patients understanding their ‘individual MS’ and experiencing less stress, better planning and enjoying their lives. In addition, the more accurately patients’ can recall symptoms and the issues that are affecting them, the better the conversation is with their health care provider which ultimately leads to a more informed therapeutic decision.


Propose a system of technology, tools, and techniques to help MS patients understand and predict patterns in their disease to make their lives more manageable.

Ideas that consist of only apps will not be accepted.

1. What items make up your system (recording devices, apps, displays, medicines, techniques, wearables, sensors, etc.)?

2. What data would you collect to help patients plan their day? (Example: if a patient reported difficulty with their gait, suggest using a car service that day)

3. How do you collect this data given the physical challenges that MS patients face?

4. Based on collected data, what information would you display to help MS patient plan their day?

Things to consider:

- An app can be part of your system, but cannot be the only element of your solution

- The best ideas will propose a system that collects data (accounting for MS symptoms), displays it, and clearly outlines how it will improve the lives of MS patients

- Including visuals (charts, sketches, mock-ups, designs, graphs, etc.) is encouraged but not required

- 2 times as many women are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis as compared to men

    Submissions will be graded on the following criteria:
  • Meets Deliverables
  • Creativity
  • Clarity
Additional Materials:
Reward Tiers
5 Winners
will receive $150 each
5 Honorable Mentions
will receive $50 each
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