Disrupt Diabetes.

A patient-led, multi-stakeholder design challenge

In order to create the most disruptive solutions, patients must be in the driver’s seat. Through Disrupt Diabetes, patients lead high-impact teams, bringing the best and brightest together to solve problems that patients identify as most compelling.

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What is Disrupt Diabetes?

Disrupt Diabetes is a three-month long initiative made with love and intention as a way to create meaningful progress in diabetes innovation. Thirteen selected patient powerhouses are leading teams of amazing designers and undergraduate students from March to May. Teams have selected an unmet need in the diabetes community and are working to build a baseline understanding of the current state of the problem. All of this work will culminate in an in-person meeting on May 20th at the Stanford School of Medicine for a day of design and brainstorming solutions. At the end of the day, two winning teams will receive monetary awards and mentorship to continue their projects post-conference.



Patients, you are the experts.

In the 1st year of diabetes alone, patients spent over 8,000 hours taking care of this condition, often by themselves. If 10,000 hours of practice makes an expert, patients clearly are.

In order to create the most disruptive diabetes solutions, patients must be in the driver’s seat. With invaluable insights and knowledge, they are equipped more than anyone to steer conversations towards the most pressing needs.

From the beginning of the 3-month challenge, patients will be at the forefront of every conversation and decision, producing tangible, high-impact solutions to solvable problems they see in their own lives and communities.

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Collaborate in teams of patients, students and designers.

In March, a handpicked patient, designer, and student worked closely to choose an unmet need the patient sees in their diabetes community. 

The team are now immersing themselves in design research and stakeholder interviews to contextualize their unmet need to society at large. 

On May 20, each team will come together for a 1-day design sprint at Stanford to brainstorm and develop a viable and unique solution to the selected need. 


Make it real - present your work to industry leaders.

At the end of the day-long design sprint, you will pitch your solution to a panel of esteemed judges and industry leaders. 

Winning teams will receive a monetary award to continue developing and implementing their solution. 

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