How might we help people living with Atopic Dermatitis Challenge feel more in control amidst the daily uncertainty of their disease?
We firmly believe that a good idea can come from anyone, and from anywhere around the world. However, we’re unable to provide grant funding to individuals and believe that the power of community can make ideas even stronger.
Atopic dermatitis (AD) affects as many as 1 in 10 people around the world, making it one of the most common skin conditions The unpredictable nature of this chronic inflammatory disease means persistent symptoms – including itch, skin dryness, flaking, cracking, bleeding and oozing – may suddenly worsen. Particularly for those with more severe forms, AD can cause substantial disruption to everyday life – from the physical discomfort, to the emotional toll it can take.
Not knowing if you’ll feel able to face the day when you wake up in the morning requires patience and flexibility from people living with AD, but also from those they engage with.
People living with AD and those close to them are all too aware of the impact that moderate-to-severe AD can have—on sleep, mood, work, school, socializing, relationships, and other everyday activities ,. It goes far beyond what you can see – both in terms of the underlying cause of the unpredictable physical symptoms and in the feelings of anxiety and isolation that can accompany them . This challenge is about creative ways to help people living with AD navigate the daily uncertainty of their disease.
Friends, coworkers, classmates and others may struggle to understand what it means to live with a disease that can flare-up without warning – and why their colleague may not be able to attend an important presentation, their friend may be non-committal about a trip to the beach, or their student may be less prepared for a test. And so, this challenge is also about creative ways to help others understand, empathize with and better support the uncertainty people with AD face.
Last year, the ‘Agents of Change’ AD Challenge focused on helping break social stigma to put a stop to the bullying faced by those with AD. This year we’re calling upon all of you—the AD community, health innovators, and everyone around the world who has ever lived with day-to-day unpredictability—to submit your ideas.
Let’s find creative ways to help people with AD navigate the daily impact of this unpredictable disease, and enable those around them to better understand and support them, too.
Submissions are welcome from non-profit organizations, including (but not limited to) patient and professional organizations, as well as advocacy groups. We ask that individuals or groups of individuals submit their proposal in partnership with a non-profit organization of any kind, so if you have an idea, make sure to reach out to a local group so that you can co-create together from the beginning.
How might we make people living with atopic dermatitis feel comfortable, validated, and more in control amidst the uncertainty?
In this Phase, we invite contributors with diverse backgrounds to share their ideas.
The Ideas Phase is more than just a call for proposals. At OpenIDEO, we believe that new and existing ideas become better through collaboration, transparent feedback, and iteration. Participants are encouraged to build off of others’ concepts, collaboratively share insights, and combine ideas to reach innovative new places.
Check out our current phase to keep up with this effort.
Up to five grant recipients may have the opportunity to receive:
- Grant funding: Up to $10,000 in grant funding to support the development and implementation of proposed solutions. Grant funding provided will vary based on the scale of the proposal submitted.
- Global Recognition: An opportunity to present and discuss their ideas with the AD community and experts in healthcare and innovation.