There are some very clever people in the diabetes world and today I want to write about the incredibly astute and hip crew from mySugr who look for innovative and fun ways to help ‘tame the monster’ that is diabetes.
I met Fredrik Debong from mySugr at the first EASD Blogger Summit where I heard about his diabetes-focused start-up and saw first-hand some of the things they were developing. Fredrik kept saying that we need to bring sexy back to diabetes – he and his team do it incredibly well! (Seriously – have a look at them all!)
Since then, I’ve been fortunate enough to meet others from the team – including Marlis Schosser, (who will forever be known as the saviour in the Pumpless in Vienna story I keep sharing in conference talks), and Ilka Gdanietz who has been at all three Blogger Summits. (Ilka is wonderful for a number of reasons, one of which is she shares my love of Nutella!) This year, Ilka gave us a sneak preview of some of the exciting things happening at mySugr headquarters. mySugr launched in the US last year and the team there is headed up by Kyle Rose and Scott Johnson.
The mySugr Companion app has been around for a few years now and I would really encourage you to have a look at it. As far as a logbook app goes, it is pretty damn perfect, and the version for kids is adorable! I guess that’s what happens when you have real people with diabetes creating tech for real people with diabetes. It just works!
But wait! There’s more.
Just this week, mySugr has launched their new initiative: mySugr Academy. The Academy will offer online training programs for people with diabetes and the curriculum has been developed by healthcare professionals and people with diabetes. The first course to be offered has been designed specifically for people with type 2 diabetes. Have a look at this teaser clip to give you an idea of what to expect.
Coming courses will be for people with type 1 diabetes.
mySugr is all about diabetes education and information, but it does it in an incredibly fun, interesting, accessible and cheeky way. It is groups like this – with a first-hand understanding of real life with diabetes – that make products that I want to use. Great, great stuff!