App Challenge Colloquium Announced!

The App Challenge, in partnership with The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and UChicago Tech, will be hosting talks about mobile technology by innovative thinkers in the field.

These events are open to the University (details below). Location and RSVP details to come, so please check back.


May 10th, 12:00-1:00 pm

Choices: Using Mobile to Enhance Patient Experience and Decision Making


 Dr. Melissa Gilliam (Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology and Pediatrics; Chief, Family Planning; Associate Dean for Diversity, Division of the Biological Sciences) has developed an iPad application that makes better use of a patient's time while in the waiting room. Gilliam's team wants to use this time to raise women's awareness of the most effective forms of contraception before meeting with a provider. The goal is to catalyze empowered and informed decision making about contraception with a deeper degree of engagement.

The iPad application, currently entitled "Choices" is in alpha testing.
When testing is complete, it will be used in a pilot RCT at a Planned
Parenthood clinic serving low-income women at high risk of unintended

An expert in pediatric and adolescent gynecology, Dr. Melissa Gilliam helps children, teens and women age 25 and younger who have complex gynecologic problems or need routine care. Dr. Gilliam specializes in managing common problems such as bleeding, painful periods, breasts cysts and abnormal pap smears and complex problems requiring pelvic surgery. She has expertise in providing preventive care and providing contraception to adolescents with other medical problems. Dr. Gilliam focuses on providing a youth-friendly atmosphere for girls and young women. She works closely with other specialists across the University.


Register to attend: Choices: Using Mobile to Enhance Patient Experience and Decision Making

Past Talks



Stacy Tessler Lindau, MD, MA, Chicago Medicine

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Augmented Reality: Opportunities and Future Directions

Adam Gerber, Lecturer, Computer Science 

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Rethinking Education for a New Generation


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Building Mobile Experiences

Frank Bentley, Principal Staff Research Scientist, Motorola Mobility

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