Help teens to deal with type 1 diabetes

Bison code: L.28114 (for GT: L.28115)


A child’s daily life is often full and always on the move, recognizable as a carefree time. However, this is not the case for about 12,000 children in the Netherlands. They have type 1 diabetes. The diagnosis is often made in children between 4 and 14 years old. From that moment on their life and that of their parents is anything but carefree. After the diagnosis has been made, they often receive a short counselling program in the hospital. After this, they are sent home with piles of papers and the message to investigate what works best. They have to experiment with many different complex components. We want to help these families!

Who we are

DiabeMe was founded by three nursing students in their first year at Saxion. More information can be found on our website:

What we do

To support young teens with type 1 diabetes and their parents in the process of dealing with this disease, DiabeMe is researching and developing an app with functionalities for daily monitoring and a serious game to help patients and their parents in a playful way to deal with different challenges they face in daily life.

Where we stand

We are currently working on a trial version of the app. Based on our first market research. The main part is a clickable presentation of a scenario to indicate what the game is, what is does and how it feels. So we have a start, but there is still a lot to research and develop.

Our challenges?

  1. Test, evaluate and improve the app and scenario’s
  • Finding a strategy to contact patients and parents to find out if the idea works and what we can do to increase the support.
  • Develop and work out improvements including new scenario’s.
  • Translating to game design and building (parts off) the app.
  1. Value vs finance
  • How do we create maximum value and find ways to earn money to make it possible. What are patients willing to pay and in what way can we involve healthcare insures.
  • Involving building the app, hosting and customer care for coming 5 years.
  1. Developing scenario levels
  • How can we increase the experience and support by adding levels to scenario’s by varying parameters that influence the patients’ health. From simply eating a cake to having a complete party with cake, cola and dancing.

Cluster: Design for Health & Wellbeing 1

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):