Healthy People 2020, a continuation of Healthy People 2010, was started by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. It’s a nationwide health promotion and disease prevention plan that sets public health goals — with the deadline being 2020 in the latest iteration of the program.

The US Department of Health and Human Services is now launching a challenge for developers and researchers to make wellness applications for the Healthy People 2020 campaign — they are providing rich research data sets for free, some that can be found here, giving developers and researchers ample data to write applications with.

They are also providing a list of topics for potential apps from a variety of categories, ranging from apps related to cancer to substance abuse.

The following are the app requirements, deadlines,  and the amount of prize money being handed out:


*The Healthy People 2020 health topic areas, objectives, and evidence-based resources of most interest to them
*The latest evidence-based clinical prevention interventions related to the Healthy People 2020 topics and objectives
*The latest related evidence-based community prevention interventions
*The latest related evidence-based individual prevention and health promoting interventions
*Communication with colleagues who share their health interests
*Healthy People email updates
*Related news, analyses, and blogs from outside resources
*Related community level data, combining it with Healthy People data in innovative ways
*Community, county, state health status comparisons

The prize money being given out is the following:

1st place: $2,500
2nd place: $1,000
3rd place: $500

To be honest, this isn’t a great deal of money, and actually developing a refined application costs significantly more — both from a monetary standpoint and time investment standpoint.

However, I see this type of contest appealing for those in the medical field who know how to create mobile applications, or even better, a medical professional who uses grant money and the rich free data sets provided to create an application that full fills some part of their own personal curriculum requirement.


Submission Period:
Start: Dec 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST End: Mar 07, 2011 11:59 PM EST
Judging Period:
Start: Mar 08, 2011 12:00 AM EST End: Mar 18, 2011 11:59 PM EDT
Winners announced:
Mar 21, 2011 12:00 AM EDT