Psoriasis is a systemic skin disease with red, thick and silvery scaly skin and affects at least 100 million people worldwide, with the highest concentration in the western population. Chronic skin conditions, such as psoriasis may occur in a person’s life over longer periods of time (several years) or even be life-long.
What triggers the disease may to some degree be genetic, however, environmental factors such as humidity, diet and nutrition, systemic infections such as pneumonia, psychological imbalance, general stress and post-traumatic stress are believed to be some of the key drivers.
In general, people with psoriasis more frequently experience other diseases such as arthritis, inflammatory bowel diseases, overweight and obesity, heart issues and depression.
When living with a chronic skin condition such as psoriasis, people often face the issue of not being able to predict the next flare-up. When will it happen? Where on the body will it occur? How bad will it be? We know that certain factors may trigger outbreaks such as stress, seasonality, certain foods, alcohol and hormonal changes. Nevertheless, psoriasis sufferers still have a hard time predicting the next flare-up, not being able to respond to it before it’s too late. Maintaining a normal life can often be difficult, as the next flare-up might happen before meeting someone, attending an event, or doing a presentation at work. All situations where you want to look your best. Constantly living with this uncertainty and unpredictability can be frustrating as people feel less in charge of their lives.
The Challenge Breakthrough
Development of a solution that can predict skin flare-ups can help millions of people with a “call-for-action”. A call-for-action would empower people living with a skin disease and enable them to be in charge of their skin. Knowing when (and where) the next flare-up most likely will take place, will enable people to prepare for it with pro-active treatment.
This would allow people to effectively reduce the amount of medicine needed or enable some treatments to even last longer. Further, such solution would provide the ability to identify the origin of the flare-up and to introduce the necessary behavioral change to prevent future flare-ups. This way psoriasis sufferers are much better able to cope with their condition and maintain a normal daily life.
We are looking for a solution that will enable people to predict when the next skin flare-up will occur. Such a solution may also tell where the flare-up will occur on the body, however, this is not a requirement. Furthermore, the optimal solution would have been tested among people with a skin disease (or similar chronic condition such as IBD), with an accuracy of being able to predict a flare-up in 50% of the people. Solutions which assume that users have access to a smartphone is accepted.
A successful solution also entails:
- User validation with 20 users
- Functional prototype
- Development plan
- Technical specifications
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Awards:- A prize of a total of $100.000 USD will be awarded to the solution that best meets the submission criteria. In the case of a tie, the winner will be selected at the discretion of the judging panel.