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With winners announced and organizers now regrouping to analyze the next stages, the Novartis mHealth Challenge - held last weekend in San Francisco and giving away over $40,000 in prize money - has demonstrated that for developers looking to aggregate APIs together into a health-focused, consumer-facing end-product, there is still plenty of room to enter the growing market. ProgrammableWeb spoke to Cheryl Cheng, one of the organizers of the hackathon and winners from Sense.ly to see what other API developers can learn from the outcomes.
With the upcoming release of the new iPhone 5S, mobile health applications and quantified self capacities take another leap forward. Developers will have a new CoreMotion API through which they can access a stream of personal health and sensor tracking data from a smartphone, even while the iPhone is at rest.
The upcoming 5th Quantified Self Global Conference is set to reach full capacity. APIs are often at the center of curating personal datastreams in the Quantified Self movement.
A growth in the number of new APIs being created to act as quantified self data tools could lead to a new wave of personal health applications. Data streamed via quantified self APIs could also potentially create new empirical datasets to support emerging sciences. The Moves API, Pokelog API and a forthcoming Human API all point to greater interest in pulling personal data into new applications.