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Now Streaming Live: Bio Music

We have big plans for the future and part of those big plans include diving head first into unlocking human potential through the power of music.

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Why?
With the ability to affect heart rate, brainwaves, mood and more, listening to music has the power to transform our everyday lives. In initial studies, music has been shown not only to improve athletic performance and alleviate stress, but to also alter our physical, emotional and cognitive states.

We’re stoked to announce our collaboration with the The University of Southern California’s Center for Body Computing (CBC). Together, we will present the CBC SLAM, a competition designed to challenge the greatest minds from around the world to find new ways to harness the power of music and advance human performance.

At Skullcandy, we are constantly pushing ourselves to be the most innovative company in audio, and on a deeper level, it’s our mission to help people live more amazing lives.

There is no limit to what the SLAM teams may discover, so get your creativity on and join us in our charge to make the world a better place!

Still interested? Read on to see how you can enter to win $10,000!

Now Streaming Live: Bio Music
USC BODY COMPUTING SLAM October 2, 2014
$10,000 Prize

Sponsored by Skullcandy
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday September 22, 2014

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Background
The Body Computing Conference is an event designed for those seeking modern healthcare solutions. It is consistently rated the premier conference in the digital health sector and for good reason. From digital and lifescience executives, sensor and mobile app inventors, strategists, designers, investors, visionaries, and creatives, the one-day event is always jam-packed with dynamic demonstrations, interdisciplinary content, and valuable connections. 

A key part in the success of the conference is the SLAM contest. It was created to get people involved and promote imaginative, innovative, next generation digital health products. Every year a new topic is chosen, driving people to get creative and submit ideas for a chance to win a large cash prize. The finalists are chosen and an exclusive dinner showcasing them is hosted the evening before the conference. It’s informal, fun and the winner(s) present their game-changing idea to the conference audience the next day, thereby also being embraced by leaders in our digital health ecosystem! Past winners have included LumoBack, a start-up with a posture sensor and Vampire Rancher, a mobile social gaming platform for children with diabetes that integrates a glucose sensor for engaged disease management via a smartphone.

This year the contest theme is music.
Music has the power to improve and dictate health.  From minor benefits such as improving one’s focus to reducing the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and depression, music’s therapeutic possibilities are as expansive as its genres. So naturally we at Skullcandy are more than excited to take part by partnering with USC CBS to present the contest. 

Through the birth of on-demand mobile music platforms and small wireless body-worn sensors, CBC now has the technology to build innovative products that incorporate and tailor music to the signals our bodies generate.  There are numerous examples of fitness apps that utilize music and biometric sensors to improve athletic performance.  We believe the current apps are only the start of the music + health revolution.

That’s where you come in. We, Skullcandy and the USC Center for Body Computing (CBC), see the enormous opportunity for a new idea to make a global impact with music and the integration of biometric sensors to unlock human potential.  Do you already have the winning idea in mind?

Take on the challenge and help us help people live better lives and unlock human potential.

The Challenge
Provide the concept and create the experience of integrating music with real-time body sensors.
• Assume the sensor(s) will be embedded in the earbud/headphone.
• Create the product based on a single sensor or multiple sensors.
In terms of the big idea, the sky is the limit.  The sensor(s) can be used to compose music, curate music or enhance the overall listening experience
• If the solution is for a mobile application, examples of wireframes should be included.
• Complete the enclosed PowerPoint slides to showcase your idea
A total of 4 competing teams will be selected to present at the exclusive SLAM dinner event on Thursday October 2, 2014 and the winner(s) will receive a $10,000 prize along with the invitation to prominently present the idea at the Body Computing Conference the next day, October 3, 2014.

Judging guidelines:
1. Originality (please, no fitness applications)
2. Aesthetics of the user interface (some form of visual representation is required)
3. Demonstration of how the solution enhances the music experience and the health experience

How to Enter:
1. Submit your proposal by September 22 to the USC CBC website: http://bodycomputing.squarespace.com/slam-contest-2014-now-stream/
2. The four finalists will be selected on September 26, 2014.
3. For questions contact Jay Porterfield at (323) 442-5687 or jay.porterfield@med.usc.edu.

 

 

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