Closed/Expired: OpenIdeo fall prevention challenge

OpenIdeo fall prevention challenge

How might we enable older adults to live their best possible life by preventing falls?

Let’s age with confidence that solutions exist to help us to live our best lives. Join others in developing ideas that help prevent falls. Healthier lifestyles and advancements in medicine have greatly increased our ability to live longer more fulfilling lives – enjoying family, friends and activities we love. As we live longer, it becomes more important to maintain our health and wellbeing, leading to the best quality of life possible. A factor of our lifestyle as we age is the increased risk of falling, and the serious consequences of a fall. For older adults, a fall could result in serious injury, hospitalization and surgery. The loss of physical mobility, either short-term or permanently, frequently occurs after a fall and often impacts day-to-day activities and the ability to live independently. One in four older adults fall each year, but less than half seek medical care. In 2002, an estimated 391,000 people globally died of injuries related to falls, and the number of older adults who fall continues to rise. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that 29 million falls were reported among those 65+ and older in the U.S. in 2014, with approximately 7 million of these falls resulting in injuries. As the number of older adults continues to rise, the opportunity to live without fear of falling has the potential to positively impact the lives of millions around the world. The CDC predicts that by 2030 there will be 49 million falls reported in those 65 and older in the U.S. with 12 million resulting in injuries. A life without fear of falling alleviates the burden on caregivers – those that either professionally or personally care for loved ones as they age. Everyone can contribute to devising innovative ways of helping prevent the more than 7 million falls that happen across the world each year. Let’s work together to reach new solutions that leverage technology, our environment, and messaging to create mobile, healthy, and empowered lives as we age.

Ideally, this Challenge will yield technology and products that are currently in development, actionable and innovative.  The Challenge is looking for solutions based on the following criteria:

  1.  Health and wellbeing at the center. Allowing older adults to live the life they want for as long as possible is at the heart of this Challenge. The Challenge is looking for solutions that revolve around patients and caregivers. The impact of your idea will be measured by how much it improves or maintains quality of life for caregivers and their loved ones.
  2.  Affordability. The solutions developed should be accessible to everyone. As you build out your idea, consider who will bear the cost. Falls are a risk and fear for all people – new solutions should reflect that.
  3.  Naturally integrate. Fresh ideas for fall prevention should seamlessly fit into our lifestyles. Could current solutions be re-engineered? How might current behaviors or technology create powerful new fall prevention solutions?
  4.  Consider Scale. Starting locally can be really powerful – but how might your idea become a solution for a large number of people? As you form your idea, try to be mindful of the different structures that exist in the fall-prevention space and how your idea might adapt.


As the Challenge moves toward the Refinement and Top Ideas Phases, the focus will narrow on ideas that reflect the four criteria. Additionally, with the announcement of Top Ideas, there will be recognition of ideas that best represent the categories below:

  • Most Viable. For this recognition the Challenge is looking for a solution with the greatest market viability. This may mean the solution is ready to go to market, or perhaps is ready for a pilot – either way, feasibility is top of mind. With this solution, the Challenge is looking to drive commercial excitement in the market. The solution recognized as Most Viable will receive:

– $50K Prize Award
– 4 hours of Mentorship by AARP Services, Inc.
– Access to the iCare Research Panel for one research study with the caregiving panel
– Pilot Opportunity through CareConnection (subject to ASI determining fit within existing portfolio)

  • Most Promising. This recognition is all about the potential for impact. This idea might not be ready for the market or a pilot, but it has the promise of disrupting the current fall prevention strategies and of greatly impacting older adults quality of life. The idea recognized as Most Promising will receive a $25K Prize Package that includes:

– $15K Prize Award
– $10K toward IDEO Design Services
– 4 hours of Mentorship by AARP Services, Inc.
– Access to the iCare Research Panel for one research study with the caregiving panel

 Deadline:- 21-04-2017