Tournavation: Public Health

NEWaukee, Dohmen Company Foundation and Red Arrow Labs Announce Tournavation for Public Health

A public call for catalytic software solutions that improve the health of Milwaukee’s women and children, fathers and families

The Dohmen Company Foundation in partnership with NEWaukee, Red Arrow Labs, the City of Milwaukee, and the Milwaukee Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families at United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County today announce a Tournavation calling for catalytic software solutions that improve the health of Milwaukee’s women and children, fathers and families. The most viable, scalable and concrete idea will be developed by a coalition of volunteer IT professionals led by Red Arrow Labs, a Dohmen Company. The software will be gifted to the community as a single, tangible step toward improving the health of Milwaukee residents.

“Philanthropy is changing from a passive process that sits to the side of an organization to one that’s an integrated focus for business. I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish through the Dohmen Company Foundation, but I really wanted to unleash the time and skills of our business to work on some of Milwaukee’s most pressing problems. I believe that organizing innovation talent across our business community could bring incredible power to the task of making our city stronger.” Cynthia LaConte, President, Dohmen Company Foundation.

Tournavation is a crowd-sourced idea generation platform that addresses important issues that face urban communities like Milwaukee. This is the third Tournavation NEWaukee has hosted with the City of Milwaukee, though the topic is new the process remains the same: an open call for inventive solutions to a community challenge, vetting of the strongest ideas, a live presentation of the top 10 ideas and the most viable idea is brought to life.

“Tournavation has shown that there is no shortage of incredible ideas in our community to help address our most complex problems,” said Mayor Tom Barrett. “Through Tournavation, we have created innovative solutions to foreclosures and food security, resulting in the HOME GR/OWN program, as well as temporary art installations that have brought life to new locations. Today, we are back with new partners asking individuals and organizations to answer a big question: What software solution could help improve health outcomes in Milwaukee?”

The Challenge
Milwaukee is Wisconsin’s most populous city and serves as the business, transportation and cultural hub, with the state’s most concentrated health resources.   Yet people who live and work in Milwaukee bear the burden of having poorer health outcomes than those living in other parts of the state.  And within Milwaukee, there are striking differences in health status by neighborhood and race.  In response, there are many programs, services and initiatives working to improve long-term health and well-being for all women and children, fathers and families, especially those at highest risk.  

The Tournavation poses the questions: What else will strengthen our efforts for greater community health and well-being?  Using basic business principles, how can technology make a strategic difference in improving the health and well-being of all of Milwaukee’s women and children, fathers and families?  Can a software solution help support and bolster efforts already underway in new and exciting ways?

“The beauty of the Tournavation is the way it empowers Milwaukeeans to share their opinions and have their voices be heard and made actionable for benefit of the community at large,” explains Angela Damiani, president of NEWaukee. “We are honored to partner with Dohmen Company Foundation and Red Arrow Labs to pilot a new way of public private partnership that serves the community in such an innovative way.”

Tournavation Timeline
September 28th – October 14th Open Call for Innovative Software Solutions
October 1st Public Information Session at Dohmen Company
October 6th Public Information Session at Dohmen Company
October 16th Top 10 Ideas Announced
October 20th Live Tournavation at City Hall Rotunda
October 21st – December 1st Volunteer IT Development Team Builds Software
February 9th, 2016 Ribbon Cutting, Gifting and Launch of Software Solution

The public is encouraged to submit great ideas that support and enrich the health of Milwaukeeans. That ideas could benefit consumers directly or it could support the operations of an organization, although medical devices will not be considered. Information sessions will hosted for individuals or teams to learn more about the Tournavation and to vet ideas prior to submission on October 1st and October 6th at Dohmen Company from 6-8pm. The top 10 best ideas will be presented live at the Tournavation on October 20, 2015 from 6-8pm at City Hall Rotunda.

Following the selection of the most viable, scalable and concrete idea, a team of volunteer IT development professionals led by Red Arrow Labs will enter a design and development period to produce a software solution for the community. The volunteer IT development team will meet every Wednesday from 3-7pm from October 21st to December 1st. Participation in the volunteer IT development team is also open to the public; creatives, developers, and advocacy works are encouraged to bring the software idea to life.

To participate in the Tournavation there are three ways to submit an idea:

In-Person at the Information Sessions: October 1st and October 6th at Dohmen Company

By Mail Addressed to: NEWaukee ℅ Angela Damiani 161 W. Wisconsin Avenue #16 Milwaukee, Wi 53203

Online: http://newaukee.com/event/tournavation/

For more information about the Tournavation or to participate in the open call for ideas, advisory committee and/or the coalition of IT professionals, please visit: http://newaukee.com/event/tournavation/.

Tournavation Updates

Project Partners

Dohmen Company Foundation was established in 2008 as the charitable arm of the Dohmen Company , a fifth-generation, family owned, 155+ year old company, based in Milwaukee, WI with a heritage of improving healthcare. The Foundation since 2008 has contributed more than $10 million in profits to advance its mission of connecting people in need with lifesaving products and services. Visit www.dohmencompanyfoundation.org

Red Arrow Labs provides high-impact software and technology solutions for companies that are transforming health. Red Arrow is proud to be part of the Dohmen portfolio of companies who represent the best and brightest in the health industry. This partnership gives us the backing to focus on innovation with a greater purpose — to help create a healthier world. Find us at: www.redarrowlabs.com 

NEWaukee is a social architecture firm that specializes in community-based signature experiences centered on high-profile issues of importance for the city of Milwaukee. NEWaukee also provides consumer, employer brand and talent engagement services to major Milwaukee employers looking to attract and retain talent necessary to grow their businesses.  Visit www.newaukee.com to learn more.

Phase Two: Design and Development

February 18, 2016

Dohmen Company Foundation & city leaders unveil HealthHero to help improve the lives of Milwaukee youth

The Dohmen Company Foundation was proud to make sure it wasn’t an average afternoon at the Don and Sallie Davis Boys & Girls Club in Milwaukee, Wis. Last week, more than a dozen children became VIPs and got an exclusive, first-ever look at HealthHero, a new web-based software application designed to help students take better control of their health.

HealthHero was created after Tournavation, a 2015 community-wide, crowd-sourcing competition for software ideas to address public health concerns in Milwaukee. Nate Conroy and Dan Matthews’ award-winning idea was developed by a coalition of more than 60 volunteers led by Red Arrow Software Labs, a Dohmen Company. Dohmen CEO Cynthia LaConte, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Red Arrow representatives and NEWaukee organizers presented HealthHero’s pilot version to a group of young users at the Boys & Girls Club. Students hit their computers to share information about their sleep habits, and quickly saw how rest impacts alertness. Students will track and analyze their data on a regular basis while learning more about math, science and health.

At the event, city and school officials announced that HealthHero will be piloted in select Milwaukee Public Schools and Boys & Girls Clubs locations with ongoing support from Dohmen and Red Arrow. The tool’s effectiveness will also be monitored by Marquette University’s Democracy Lab to enhance the application. A public release is expected this spring, along with teacher-led curriculum to reinforce healthy choices. The app was developed on an Open Source platform which allows other organizations and programmers to tailor its functionality and build upon its vision.

Since 2008, the Dohmen Foundation has contributed more than $10 million to advance its mission of helping people live healthier lives. Tournavation was conducted by Dohmen in partnership with NEWaukee, the City of Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families at United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County.

January 27, 2016

The Dohmen Company Foundation in partnership with Red Arrow Labs today announces the unveiling ceremony for the software product developed as a result of the finalist for the 2015 Tournavation. The ribbon cutting will take place on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Don & Sallie Davis Boys & Girls Club located at 1975 S 24th St, Milwaukee, WI 53204.

The Tournavation hosted a public call for catalytic software solutions that improve the health of Milwaukee’s women and children, fathers and families. On Tuesday, October 20, 2015, the panel of expert jurors at the live Tournavation event chose the semi-finalists from a group of 10 presenters. The top two ideas entered an assessment period of technical viability to determine, which project would be developed as a software solution by a coalition of volunteer IT professionals led by Red Arrow Labs, a Dohmen Company. The initial design and development phase of the project has concluded and HealthHero is now ready to be gifted to the community as a single, tangible step toward improving the health of Milwaukee residents.

“HealthHero is a terrific example of applying technology to improve the health and wellness of a future generation.  In addition to helping influence lifelong healthy habits, we believe it will fuel greater interest in STEM careers,” stated Cynthia LaConte, CEO of Dohmen and President of The Dohmen Company Foundation.  “We were extremely pleased to support this innovative initiative. The launch of HealthHero demonstrates the value of collaboration, powered by technology, to solve real issues.”

The ribbon cutting ceremony will include a product demonstration. This event is free and open to the public. More event info here.

December 9, 2015

Development has begun on the top finalist project idea from October’s Tournavation for public health.

The tool’s name is HealthHero. This mobile-friendly web application will increase middle and high school students’ personal health literacy, influencing life-long healthy habits and behaviors and best of all, it will be free and open to the public for use.

The following partners and stakeholders have been involved in discovery and design phase of the project: MSOE, Milwaukee Public Schools, Schools within the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, The Boys & Girls Club of Milwaukee, and the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Starting December 9th, a volunteer team of technologists from Milwaukee’s IT community led by Red Arrow Labs launched development with the projected timeline of completing the tool of the end of January 2016. At which time HealthHero will be piloted by, and gifted to community partners.

The Tournavation was funded and led by the Dohmen Company Foundation.

November 18, 2015

The Tournavation event on October 20th yielded not one, but two winning ideas. HealthHero, which aims to increase childrens’ health literacy and influence life-long healthy habits and behaviors, and FoodShare, which would allow those on Quest assistance to budget and supply them information on healthy food options and where to obtain those options at discounted prices. It was a great event attended by over 200 people.

Phase Two

We already have launched into development of HealthHeros in a three phased approach beginning with Discovery, Ideation, and on to developing the solution to which will be ready to pilot in the first quarter of 2016.

Tournavation’s main objective was to bring Milwaukee together around public health issues that plague our community. We assembled a volunteer team of over 50 IT professionals representing 20+ employers committed to bringing the winning solution to life. Ideas came in from individuals representing such notable organizations such as Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and IMPACT, INC. On the HealthHero and FoodShare projects Dohmen Foundation and Red Arrow Labs have already worked in partnership with STEMheroes, MSOE, Feeding America, MetaHouse, WI Department of Health Services, The Boys and Girls Club, Schools within the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, MPS, IT United, The City of Milwaukee, and Representatives from The Medical College of Wisconsin and Marquette University.

Finalist Announcement

Following last week’s announcement of the Tournavation semi-finalists, Red Arrow Labs reached out to gather more information and assess the viability of each proposal. We spoke with the idea sponsors at length who were able to provide additional information to help determine the viability of each proposal.The viability was determined through this series of questions: 

1) Do partnerships already exist to support development of the solution?
2) Do partnerships already exist for delivery to the intended demographic?
3) If necessary, do partnerships already exist for prerequisite 3rd party data?

The results are as follows:

HealthHeros:
1) Do the partnerships exist to support development of the solution?
Yes, partnerships with MPS and other school districts provide access to both teachers and students, the primary users of the solution.

2) Do the partnerships exist for delivery to the intended demographic?
Yes, the relationship with MPS provides a channel for delivery of the solution within school curriculum.

3) If necessary, do the partnerships exist for prerequisite 3rd party data?
N/A – 3rd party data is not required.

Wisconsin FoodShare:
1) Do the partnerships exist to support development of the solution?
Yes, a partnership with Meta House provides access to individuals currently using the Wisconsin Foodshare program.

2) Do the partnerships exist for delivery to the intended demographic?
Yes, the solution is intended for public app stores maintained by Apple and Google.

3) If necessary, do the partnerships exist for prerequisite 3rd party data?
Not at this time. Preliminary discussions have taken place with the WI Foodshare program but have yet to yield a partnership. Access to QUEST account balances maintained by the WI Foodshare program is a key factor in the successful adoption of the app by the intended demographic.

Next Steps:

In accordance with the outcome from this analysis, it’s recommended we move immediately forward with the development of HealthHeros. In parallel, we will continue to vet the partnerships for the required 3rd party integration to which the viability of FoodShare depends. Check back for more updates on the development of the software this fall.

Semi-Finalists Announcement

Jurors determine two viable solutions from the public call for catalytic software solutions that improve the health of Milwaukee’s women and children, fathers and families

Milwaukee, Wisc. October 21, 2015 — The Dohmen Company Foundation in partnership with NEWaukee, Red Arrow Labs, the City of Milwaukee, and the Milwaukee Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families at United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County today announce the semi-finalists for the 2015 Tournavation are Health STEMHereos by Nate Conroy as well as Wisconsin FoodShare Application from Beth Bogadi.

The Tournavation hosted a public call for catalytic software solutions that improve the health of Milwaukee’s women and children, fathers and families. On Tuesday, October 20, 2015, the panel of expert jurors at the live Tournavation event chose the semi-finalists from a group of 10 presenters. The top two ideas will enter an assessment period of technical viability to determine, which project will be developed as a software solution by a coalition of volunteer IT professionals led by Red Arrow Labs, a Dohmen Company. The software will be gifted to the community as a single, tangible step toward improving the health of Milwaukee residents.

“The volume and the quality of ideas presented at the Tournavation demonstrates how deeply people care about our community,” said Cynthia LaConte, CEO of Dohmen and President of The Dohmen Company Foundation. “We have relied on our esteemed project advisers and jurors from both the public health and IT sectors to select two ideas that empower Milwaukeeans in meaningful ways. We look forward to the results of the technical viability assessment and to continuing the momentum in the months and years to come as we find inventive new ways to create a healthier Milwaukee.”

Tournavation is a crowd-sourced idea generation platform that addresses important issues that face urban communities like Milwaukee. This is the third Tournavation NEWaukee has hosted with the City of Milwaukee, though the topic is new the process remains the same: an open call for inventive solutions to a community challenge, vetting of the strongest ideas, a live presentation of the top 10 ideas and the most viable idea is brought to life.

Now that the most viable, scalable and concrete idea has been selected, a team of volunteer IT development professionals led by Red Arrow Labs will enter a design and development period to produce a software solution for the community. The volunteer IT development team will meet at the Hudson Business Lounge from 3-7pm on the following dates: October 28th, November 4th, 11th, 18th, and 24th. Participation in the volunteer IT development team is also open to the public; creatives, developers, and advocacy works are encouraged to bring the software idea to life.

To follow the development of the software solution or to receive updates about the Tournavation process, please visit: www.newaukee.com.