Project Fizzyo wins AbilityNet Tech4Good 2017 Award
31 July 2017
Project Fizzyo, a physiotherapy inspired computer gaming project for people with cystic fibrosis, has recently won a digital health award.
The project is a collaboration involving the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health's physiotherapy department, Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, Microsoft and BBC Make it Digital that was born from one mum's quest to seek a fun solution for getting her two teenage boys to do their physiotherapy.
Haiyan Zhang, Innovation Director at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, became involved through the BBC's Big Life Fix programme and set about designing a device that could take the boys' breaths and turn them into controls for a videogame. By teaming up with Professor Eleanor Main and her physiotherapy team at UCL and Great Ormond Street Hospital the project is now being developed to be trialled with 100 homes around the UK.
The Project Fizzyo team beat off competition from 200 entrants to win the Digital Health Award at the recent AbilityNet Tech4Good 2017 awards.