Consumer Challenges

Enter challenges to create apps that help consumers make smarter choices.

Completed Challenges

From Nov. 3 – Nov. 29, the American Public submitted ideas in three categories for how to use energy data to solve some our nation’s most pressing challenges.

While our judges review all the entries, we invite the public to vote on and discuss the ideas they think are the best. You can vote on as many ideas as you like. The top vote-getters in each category will receive a “popular choice” prize.

The goals of the Blue Button Co-Design Challenge are:

  • Build support for Blue Button Plus by engaging three crucial communities:
    1. Patients through crowd sourcing of application ideas, co-design, and public voting on winning products
    2. Companies and application builders through a public competition and prize money
    3. Developers by rewarding open source developer tools that make it easier to build Blue Button Plus enabled applications
  • Expand our understanding of how patients want to use their clinical data, and what products they want to see developed.
  • Increase the number of fully enabled, Blue Button Plus tools and applications in areas of high priority for patients.

 Winner Announced!

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Department of Veterans Affairs are working to empower individuals to be partners in their health through health information technology (health IT). There are three primary strategies (the “three As”) to meet this goal: 1) increase consumer and patient Access to health information; 2) catalyze market innovation to allow consumers to take Action toward better health using health information; and 3) shift consumer and provider Attitudes in support of consumer engagement in health.

 Winner Announced!

The purpose of this effort is to improve the design of the medical record so it is more usable by and meaningful to patients, their families, and others who take care of them. This is an opportunity to take the plain-text Blue Button file and enrich it with visuals and a better layout. Innovators will be invited to submit their best designs for a medical record that can be printed and viewed digitally.

 Winner Announced!

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as an advisor, challenges teams of developers and health professionals and health consumers to co-design a mobile app that will be used by the public to access customized decision support for preventive services and wellness information from healthfinder.gov

 Winner Announced!

The Challenge seeks to spur and highlight innovations from vehicle-generated open data.  The data streams are diverse, but generally include text-based information on things like engine speed, brake position, headlights on/off, and distance covered since restart.

 Winner Announced!

Create an app to help the millions of Americans at risk for cardiovascular disease take action to improve their health!

 Winner Announced!

The Department of Treasury wants your ideas and designs for next generation mobile apps to help Americans shape their financial futures.

 Winner Announced!

Share your ideas for a mobile app to help Americans control and shape their financial futures.

 Winner Announced!

This challenge is a call to developers to build an app that provides value to patients using data delivered through the SMART API and its Indivo-specific extensions.

 Winner Announced!

This Blue Button Mash Up Challenge builds on a prior Blue Button® challenge to make personal health information more usable and meaningful for the individual consumer or patient.

 Winner Announced!

The “My Air, My Health Challenge” is a multidisciplinary call to innovators and software developers (“Solvers”) to enable near-real-time, location-specific monitoring and reporting of air pollutants and potentially related physiological parameters, using a personal/ portable integrated system to assess connections between the two (“sensor systems”). The system must link air-pollutant concentrations with physiological data, provide geocoded and time-stamped files in an easy-to-use format, and transmit this data via existing networks to a central data repository provided by EPA and HHS.

 Winner Announced!

The US DOT Motorcoach Safety Data Student Challenge aims to make better information accessible to more people to encourage better decisions, which can drastically improve the safety of motor coaches nationwide.

 Winner Announced!

EPA challenges you to find new ways to combine and deliver environmental data in a new app. In the Apps for the Environment challenge, you have free reign to make an app that uses EPA data, addresses one of Administrator Lisa Jackson’s Seven Priorities, and is useful to communities or individuals. EPA encourages you to use other environmental, energy, and health data too. The winners will be honored at a recognition event in Washington, D.C. this fall and the winning apps will be publicized on EPA’s website. EPA is counting on you to come up with exciting and useful new apps!

 Winner Announced!

The Energy Department – in partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Itron, and Gridwise Alliance – is offering $100,000 in cash prizes to the software developers and designers that submit the best apps.

 Winner Announced!

Few people know what “net price” means and even fewer know to look for a college’s net price calculator on its website. Help us get the word out!

 Winner Announced!

Help solve one or more of our nation’s high-priority health problems by making health indicators customizable and easy-to-use.

 Winner Announced!

Making local public information more personalized, usable, and actionable for all Americans.

 Winner Announced!

The Surgeon General is challenging developers to create apps that provide tailored health information and empower users to engage in and enjoy healthy behavior.

 Winner Announced!

"Smart Disclosure” policies help consumer markets work more competitively by providing decision-makers with convenient, computable, and cogent data–both about products or services and also about personal use patterns or histories.  As part of their ongoing support for research on behavioral economics, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation are jointly sponsoring this competition to design research or demonstration projects.

 Winner Announced!

Design a plan to strengthen patient engagement with healthcare providers using information technology.

 Winner Announced!

ONC is challenging software developers to improve care transitions by generating an intuitive and easy-to-use application to empower patients and caregivers.

 Winner Announced!

VA wants to encourage widespread use of Blue Button℠ personal health records (PHRs) outside Federal health care programs to benefit all Americans — including Veterans who receive care from non-VA providers.

 Winner Announced!

America’s Home Energy Education Challenge is designed to teach students and families about energy use and the link between conserving energy and saving money.

 Winner Announced!