Mr. Junaed Siddiqui, doctoral candidate in behavioral and community health at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, was part of the winning team at the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Codeathon competition, which took place at APHA’s 2015 annual meeting in Chicago.
[Photo: Mr. Junaed Siddiqui (left)]
For this year’s competition, the Public Health Codeathon competition required teams to create tools that addressed life expectancy. The Maryland team’s winning app, Text4Health, included a survey for users to enter personal data; based on their personal information, the app provides users with their expected lifespan, as well as tips to improve their health. The mobile application draws upon epidemiological and public health research to devise predictions and provide information on how lifestyle choices may influence lifespan.
Reflecting the trend of text messaging as a tool for providing health information, the Maryland team’s mobile application also includes the ability for public health providers to create a text messaging campaign associated with the app.
In addition to Mr. Siddiqui, the Maryland team included Mr. Udit Gupta, Mr. Sagar Maniar, Ms. Nikita Padhye, and Mr. Keyur Shar, all students from the Master of Science in Information Systems program at the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business, along with Mr. Deok Gun Park, who is a doctoral candidate in computer science at UMD.
The Maryland team, called Terps Care, won the APHA Codeathon’s first prize award of $2,500. Prior to this competition, Siddiqui developed a mobile health app, “ePuffin,” which incentivized behavioral change in adolescents at-risk for developing diabetes that won the Maryland Innovate 4 Health Challenge in 2015.