​Wearables for Good challenges designers to help people in developing nations

ARM, Frog design and UNICEF team up to do good
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Design company Frog and British smartphone-chip colossus ARM have joined forces to create a new prize for helping people in developing countries with wearable tech.

The Wearables for Good competition sees the two tech companies team up with UNICEF Innovation Lab, to help create devices that will address maternal and child health issues.

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Two winners will be selected at the end of the competition and each will receive $15,000 of funding, and support from ARM and Frog in bringing their idea to fruition. The winner will be announced in November.

"Today, wearable technologies are primarily focused on applications such as fitness and the quantified self," said Denise Gershbein, executive creative director at Frog.

"However, there are countless opportunities for wearable and sensor technology to make more of an impact in emerging markets, particularly in the next wave of social impact development. With the 'Wearables for Good' challenge we hope to foster dialogue among new partners and increase cross-discipline innovation."

Last year, Make it Wearable – a similar competition launched by Intel – paved the way for a series of world benefiting ideas, from 3D printed robotic hand prosthetics for children to connected pregnancy monitors. It was eventually won by Nixie, the wearable drone.


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