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Data Hack Iceland update: third-party apps being built on digi.me!

Our Data Hack Iceland 2017 event last month was a huge success, and we thought it was about time we gave you an update about some of the great ideas that sprung to life there.

Four of the apps – VaxAbroad, Sensei, Fin-Tin-Der and digi.me meets Arion Banki – are now coming to life as part of the first suite of third-party apps being built on the digi.me platform – a very exciting time for both us and their creators!

VaxAbroad, which was the non-profit category winner at the hackathon, makes it easy to inform people what vaccinations are needed for different countries. Check out some screenshots here.

Sensei is an AI bot that runs natively on your phone and is able to chat you, providing useful information based on your social media, health and financial data. For example, Sensei can tell you if you are spending too much on lattes at Starbucks this month. See more here.

Fin-Tin-Der is the future of dating apps, basing matches on people’s finances and spending habits. So it looks at things such as what are the top five merchants you spend money with? And would you date someone who shared favourite brands such as IKEA, Iceland Air, Amazon, Crunch Fitness and KFC?

Digi.me meets Arion Banki is an app that captures and imports your transaction data from Icelandic banks into your digi.me app.

Work is also progressing on grand prize winner Tinderest, an app that understands your preferences, social behaviour, financial information and health data, with a view to including it on a new travel app – more on that when we can share it!

Tinderest uses matching algorithms and AI to automatically suggests things to do in a new destination based on the behaviour of other people with similar profiles, needs and tastes – check it out here.

So all in all, a very exciting suite of apps to start our third-party journey with – we’ll keep you updated, as always, when we have new developments to share!


Plans and sponsors coming together for Data Hack Iceland 2017! #letsgetpersonal

We’re delighted to say more sponsors, challenges and prizes have been added to our Data Hack Iceland 2017 event, which is taking place on October 7 and 8 in Reykjavik.

And to make it even more inclusive, we are also offering a Virtual Challenge, meaning anyone from anywhere in the world can take part!

Attendees will get the first ever access to a public-facing API, which includes, financial and social data, to open a spectrum of new possibilities and innovative solutions.

The health data will cover prescriptions, vaccinations, medications, allergies, doctor appointments, hospital visits and medications administered during those visits.

Test financial data, from bank and credit card accounts will also be available, as well as social media data such as likes, posts and shares – and we hope all teams will be able to build something functional and exciting over the course of the weekend.

Prizes ranging from flights, tickets and accommodation for an entire team to Slush in Helsinki in November to Start Up Iceland 2018 tickets, smart devices, cash and Onymos licences are on offer for the winners of the various challenges – so get involved!

Find out more and register at Data Hack Iceland 2017



Come and join the digi.me personal data hackathon

Calling all developers, designers and entrepreneurs (or indeed anyone with curiosity and flare!).

Are you interested in building personalised online experiences without losing control over or the privacy of your personal data?

Then our Data Hack Iceland hackathon is for you!

Being held on October 7 and 8 in Reykjavík, Iceland, the #letsgetpersonal event will feature personalised data, health and social data challenges.

Two identified so far are the digi.me challenge: build a cool innovative app using digi.me’s Consent Access platform with a focus on health and finance as Dattaca Labs and digi.me make private sharing real.

There is also a Code for a Cause challenge, looking at how we can better use open or user contributed data to give deeper insights into or tackle social problems including unemployment and environmental issues, with others to follow.

Ideas will be judged on their fundability, execution, UI/UX, originality and scalability, and the prizes include the Icelandic Data Hack Trophy for the best solution, as well as a VIP tickets package worth $2000.

Find more details of how to register, prizes, the schedule and rules visit https://www.digi.me/datahackiceland. A limited number of sponsorships are available.


Now Apple gets it too – the importance of owning your own health data

The importance of owning your personal data on your terms is of critical importance to us here at digi.me.

And health data is front and centre of that, which is why we have just launched a living lab in Iceland, allowing citizens there to download an electronic version of their health record. Exciting stuff and a world first – but mainly incredibly useful for all sorts of reasons.

Holding your own data so you can do more with it guides everything we do, so we were delighted that Apple is apparently working along the same lines as us.

According to this report: “CNBC has learned that a secretive team within Apple’s growing health unit has been in talks with developers, hospitals and other industry groups about bringing clinical data, such as detailed lab results and allergy lists, to the iPhone, according to a half-dozen people familiar with the team. And from there, users could choose to share it with third parties, like hospitals and health developers.”

As with digi.me, the applications for work like this are legion, ranging from simply having all your health data at your fingertips whenever you need it, to speeding up information sharing between different medical organisations and cutting out major time and frustrations for referrals.

The health service is ripe for reform, and health data is at the centre of that. So any work done in this arena is a boost to all, with the potential for truly universal benefits.


Digi.me allowing Icelandic citizens to download their own health data in world first

Digi.me’s unique personal data technology has allowed Iceland to become the first country in the world to make a digital copy of their health data available to its citizens.

The digi.me app is powering this innovative and collaborative living lab project, with the aim of giving users greater insight and control over their health and treatment, through having instant access to their own information which is stored in a secure, private library on their devices.

Open to every Icelander, this new initiative follows an Open Notes study with more than 13m participants in the US that showed simply giving access to health data leads to healthier living and reduced healthcare spending, through empowering patients and building stronger relationships with medical professionals.

Data including prescriptions and medications, vaccinations, allergies and medical admissions will be available to citizens who take part in the living lab instantly, and the project has the full support of the country’s Directorate of Health (DoH), which worked with local companies to develop an API to integrate with digi.me

A DoH spokesman said: “We hope that helping our citizens take more control over their health will have positive benefits for both them and our healthcare system as a whole.”

The living lab, which is a test bed prior to roll-out to other countries, is run by digi.me’s partner Dattaca Labs. Iceland was chosen because it is an exceptionally privacy-aware, tech-savvy and forward-looking nation, and the living lab environment will be used to further develop the digi.me app, as well as promote Iceland as an ideal incubator environment for businesses looking to test new products.

Julian Ranger, Founder and Executive Chairman of digi.me, said: “This is a significant moment for us at digi.me, but more importantly for individuals who will now be in control of their data and can gain more benefits from it.

The personal data ecosystem that results also benefits businesses, Government and society as a whole, and Iceland will lead the way in showing these benefits to a watching world wanting a privacy-enabled solution that allows us all to do more with personal data.”

Financial data will soon also be available for those in the living lab to download, thanks to major Icelandic banks also seeing the value of unlocking the power of personal data, with wearables data also coming imminently.

Digi.me has been making headlines for its personal data tool, which under a new release due shortly will allow additional data streams to be added, and shared with businesses for personalised rewards and services under a bespoke Consent Access process. It last year completed a Series A raise, where investors included Swiss Re and Omidyar Network.

Dattaca Labs is working with government and local Icelandic businesses and multi-nationals to create innovative services across a wide range of industries, including healthcare, finance and telecommunications. Its goal is to attract a wide range of companies and entrepreneurs to Iceland to develop innovative solutions in the health tech, fin tech and IoT spaces.