More on the $500,000 Mood Challenge

Just over a month ago, I talked about an initiative called the Mood Challenge, that’s calling for proposals from people interested in exploring ways in which the iPhone can be used to further our understanding of mood.

The programme, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will award a total of $500,000 to successful participants and finalists.


I know some of our readers are themselves researchers, and a lot more have their own views about this kind of research—many of which were reflected when I last posted about the challenge.

Since then the organisers have run an online webinar.

Now, thanks to our good friends at the Quantified Self who have transcribed the audio part of the presentation, we’re pleased to make this freely available for anyone interested in learning more about this fascinating initiative, but without the time to watch the webinar (although that has been archived, and is itself online).

Links to the transcription and the original webinar are below.

The closing date for initial submissions are a week today (May 22) so I’ll leave you with two thoughts:

1. If you’re a researcher interested in entering the Challenge yourself, please make free use of the transcribed webinar, and good luck with your application. Both Quantified Self and Moodnudges are happy to support the participation of as many people as possible.

2. If, let’s say, we (Quantified Self and Moodnudges) were to submit our own joint entry for the challenge (yup, there’s still time) what suggestions and reflections do you have that might give our application a fighting chance of success?

Here are the two links:

The transcription:

The original archived webinar:

Thanks in advance for your help. I can assure you that the Quantified Self team and I will be fascinated to read what you have to say.

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