The Diabetes Design Initiative Kicks Off “Reimagining Diabetes Support“

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This week, DDI at UCSD Design Lab’s Center for Health kicked off their first “Community Challenges” presenting new designs for supporting people with diabetes.

Two teams presented concepts to “reimagine diabetes support” to over 50 participants from industry, foundation and community leaders.

The first team worked directly with founder Ben West of T1Pal to simplify the sharing of glucose and insulin data through Nightscout. This team had to navigate the DIY landscape by coming up with creative ways to conduct user research and listen to community needs. Their discoveries and early designs were shared along with accolades from Mr. West on their ability to translate these findings into actionable prototypes.

This was really great. Thank you for inviting me and keep me in mind going forward. Great job to each team.
Aaron Kowalski, PhD President and CEO, JDRF

‍The second team worked directly with the head of DDI, Dr. Lars Mueller and mentor Gayle Lorenzi, RN, CDE to develop an interactive tool to help people with diabetes understand the relationship between insulin dosing and timing. This tool caught the attention of many in the ‘zoom room’ as it lays out the potential future path for transforming diabetes education from paper to digital. Please check out the prototype here: InsuLearn.

Excited by your work, DDI!
Apurv Kamath Senior Director, Strategic Project Management, Dexcom

The Diabetes Design Initiative is supported by industry partners. We are excited to work with new partners and collaborators for the 2020/2021 challenges. To learn how you can partner with DDI, please email