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Are you interested in putting your app development skills to good use? Want to win some money while making a big difference in a lot of people’s lives? 

The VHL Alliance is holding a mobile app challenge to see who can come up with a mobile tool that can improve the lives of VHL patients, caregivers, and physicians.  The winning team will be awarded $5,000 and will be publicly recognized for their achievement.


The VHL Alliance (VHLA, vhl.org) is the preeminent resource and clearinghouse of patients, caregivers, researchers, and the medical community, and is connected with approximately 90% of all diagnosed VHL patients throughout the world.  VHLA is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 1993, which is dedicated to research, education, and support to improve awareness, diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life for those affected by VHL.

VHL, or von Hippel-Lindau disease, is a genetic form of cancer. VHL patients battle a series of tumors, in up to ten organs, throughout their lives. The VHL gene controls the major feeding pipeline of every tumor. Curing VHL is one step closer to curing many other forms of cancer.

The VHL Alliance is a leading funder of VHL research with over $1.6 million granted to support studies designed to find a cure. While these funds have not yet uncovered an effective pharmacological treatment for VHL, the supported research has resulted in approval of multiple cancer drugs for other cancers including kidney and breast cancers.

•  Receive $5,000* in prize money

•  Add a prominent accomplishment to your resume

•  Gain university and industry visibility as an innovator and critical thinker

•  Make a significant impact in the lives of people living with VHL

* Money to be awarded upon release on App Store

•  Teams can be of any size. All teams must have a team leader to act as communication liaison

•  Consider a diverse group of people to bring unique perspectives, experience, and skills

•  Outside assistance is encouraged, i.e. professors, colleagues, professionals, etc.

•  Input from VHL patients and caregiver strongly encouraged; VHLA will connect teams

•  Winning team will be awarded $5,000 in prize money

For more information and relevant links, email appchallenge@vhl.org

1. Must be designed for iOS; development for both iOS and Android is preferred

2. Must have an easy-to-use backend to push content updates and notifications

3. Must be free of advertising and free for patients and caregivers, except sponsor logo

4. Must be able to distribute beta version of app for testing and evaluation

5. Must match branding for VHL Alliance

6. Must be in English, however inclusion of additional languages is encouraged

7. Must provide easy access to VHL Patient Natural History Study: vhl.org/databank

8. Must include relevant vhl.org links

9. Must include VHL Handbook content, which can be sorted and presented in an intuitive and creative way

10. Must include listings for VHLA network of VHL Clinical Care Centers throughout the world (vhl.org/ccc)

11. Must provide access to Clinical Care Center Feedback Form

•  Many VHL patients have little or no vision.

•  Easy-to-use scheduling and alert system to schedule manage medical testing, appointments, and procedures by multiple specialists

•  A comprehensive list of possible follow-up questions to to ask their doctors at appointment

•  Reference to and integration of resources available through VHLA

•  Incorporation of “In Case of Emergency”

•  Integration of a VHL glossary of medical terms

•  Direct access to VHLA social media platforms

Registration form due – October 6, 2017: 11:59pm ET

All teams will be be notified via email regarding acceptance into the contest within three days of registering. All relevant links and resources, including patient contact information, will be emailed to the teams at that time.

App mockup due – November 13, 2017: 11:59pm ET

Mockup feedback from judges will be provided by December 5, 2017.

Final app submission due – December 20, 2017: 11:59pm ET

Winning team announced – January 12, 2018

Please complete and submit the registration form below to enter the challenge. Only one registration per team needs to be submitted. Registration form must be received by October 6, 2017 at 11:59pm ET in order to be considered entered in the challenge. All teams will be be notified via email regarding acceptance into the contest within three days of registering. All relevant links and resources, including patient contact information, will be emailed to the teams at that time.

If you have any questions, please email: appchallenge@vhl.org.


Questions? Please email us at: appchallenge@vhl.org.