The Center for Behavioral Health + Smart Technology’s

National Innovation Contest

Congratulations to Dalton Banks and Ray Abel from Bansen Labs who won our National Innovation Contest’s $10,000 top prize with Xogo: Access and Rehabilitation Through Technology.

The Center for Behavioral Health and Smart Technology hosted the Final Round of its first National Innovation Contest to solve the inventor’s dilemma at the University Club, on Thursday evening, November 10, 2016.  Modeled after the University of Pittsburgh’s highly popular series of Pitt Innovation Challenges (PInCh) “open innovation” contests sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute, we assembled a distinguished judging panel of UPMC executives, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists who evaluated a variety of creative short videos submitted by applicants from across the U.S., and invited those judged most meritorious to submit brief written proposals that were then evaluated in a second judging round.  We awarded $2,500 to the five most highest-rated submissions, and invited their developers to pitch their solutions before our panel of Final Round Judges and the opportunity to take home an additional $7,500.  The winner of our contest was Xogo, a universal technology adapter created by Bansen Labs. Dalton Banks (Co-founder) and Ray Abel (CEO) made the winning pitch that evening and took home a grand prize of $10,000.  Congratulations to our four remaining finalists who each took home $2,500 for their innovative submissions.

See below for more information on our five Innovation Contest Finalists, and click on their project names to view their video submission:

1. Xogo: Access and Rehabilitation Through Technology

Raymond Donald Abel, III, MA

Dalton Banks, MS

Bansen Labs, Pittsburgh PA


2. Innovative Use of Technology: Early Mood Diagnosis

Rasim Somer Diler, MD

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA


3. Precision Health at Its Best: An eCare App for Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions

Pamela W. Duncan, PhD

Scott D. Rushing, BS

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC


4. PreventHIV Games

Andrew J. Wawrzyniak, PhD

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL


5. Tiba Health: A Wearable Digital Health Platform to Improve Patient Outcomes Following Joint Replacement Physical Therapy

Mihir Pershad, BS

Tiba Health, LLC


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