• Alexa Diabetes Challenge

    Sponsored by Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, U.S.A.

    Announcing the grand prize winner, Sugarpod by Wellpepper!



    Meet the Winner
  • Call for Submissions
    April 10, 2017
  • Submission Deadline
    May 22, 2017
  • Finalists Announced
    July 2017
  • Virtual Accelerator
    July - September 2017
  • Demo Day
    September 25, 2017
  • Current StageWinner Announced
    October 2017
Detailed Schedule


  • DiaBetty

    A virtual diabetes educator and at-home coach that is sensitive and responsive to the patient's mood, enhancing patient skills for self-management.

  • My GluCoach

    A holistic management solution that blends the roles of voice-based diabetes teacher, lifestyle coach, and personal assistant to serve the individual and specific needs of the patient.

  • PIA: Personal intelligent agents for type 2 diabetes

    A connected care intelligent agent that uses NASA-licensed AI technology integrated with IoT device data to encourage healthy habits, detect at-risk behaviors and abnormalities, and alert care teams.

  • Sugarpod

    An interactive, multimodal diabetes care plan solution that provides tailored tasks based on patient preferences, delivered via voice, mobile, video, and web interactions; includes a smart foot scanner.

  • T2D2: Taming type 2 diabetes, together

    A virtual nutrition assistant that uses machine learning to provide in-the-moment personalized education and recommendations as well as meal planning, and food and glucose logging.

More about the finalists

Introducing a new voice in diabetes management

An estimated 27.5 million people live with type 2 diabetes in the United States. Thanks to greater awareness and better treatments, many who have been diagnosed with the disease are living longer, healthier lives. But diabetes requires changes and considerations that permeate throughout every aspect of life. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and isolated on the path to self-management, especially for people who are newly diagnosed.

Amazon voice-enabled solutions have the potential to be a new partner for this journey. As voice technology transforms the way we live, could it shift from helping manage playlists to helping manage disease?

The Alexa Diabetes Challenge invites you to be among the first to explore how voice-enabled solutions and the ecosystem of supporting cloud technologies provided by Amazon Web Services can improve the experience of those newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

More about the challenge




up to 5 finalists receive $25,000

1 grand prize winner receives $125,000


Each Finalist will also be awarded 10,000 AWS credits to help cover the Amazon Web Services usage costs. Credits may only be granted to companies.

Cash awards for this Challenge will be paid by electronic funds transfer. Winners are responsible for any applicable local, State, and Federal taxes and reporting that may be required under applicable tax laws.

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