AARP Innovation Labs announced the winners of its Hacking Menopause Challenge, which aimed to create noninvasive tools to combat common menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes, fatigue and sleep disorders. The winners were EloCare, Pride Chill, and NYX Systems. Hackers.io collaborated with AARP in this project.
A 2019 AARP report found that 93% of menopausal women would be interested in a technology solution to alleviate their menopause symptoms. As part of the challenge, AARP sought to find the world’s best engineers and creative thinkers who are passionate about finding ways to enhance the quality of life for women, before, during, and after menopause, through science-based approaches to wellness and assistive technology, says a press release.
“AARP is engaging with the best creative minds of the femtech industry to build meaningful solutions for the 1 in 3 American women who are currently in a phase of menopause,” said Carey Kyler, Senior Innovation Catalyst for AARP Innovation Labs. “We’re proud to highlight the work of the Hacking Menopause Challenge winners, and to help open the dialogue about the more than 35 menopause symptoms women may experience, making it okay to talk about, and to help an underserved market so that they can live their best lives.”
The Winners And Their Inventions
- EloCare’s Menopause Assistant is a wearable technology and mobile app that monitors menopausal symptoms, evaluates treatment, creates customized plans, and connects users with medical care so they can be diagnosed in time and get optimal treatments to manage menopause with ease.
- Pride Chill’s system helps combat hot flashes by cooling the air users breathe in. The technology targets users’ respiratory cooling mechanisms, creating a cooling sensation throughout the body.
- NYX Project’s platform aims to help alleviate users’ symptoms while sleeping, as many menopausal women experience insomnias. The technology tracks patients’ sleep through three devices, displays the data, and then provides recommendations to help provide restful sleep.
Each winner will be awarded up to $5,000 dollars, as well as a possible opportunity to work with the AARP Innovation Labs team to further build out their solution.
AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment.