Challenge Winners


1st Place: Sober Grid

Sober Grid is a mobile app that helps people recover from drug and alcohol addiction.

Sober Grid built a thriving community of 120,000+ members, including 20,000+ estimated to be in recovery from opioid use disorder. Its free app is available on iOS and Android.

Features include:

  • Groups — members with common interests can share and support each other

  • Check-ins — members can track their mood and recovery

  • Daily Quests — members can build sober habits

  • Burning Desire — members can alert other members if they need immediate peer support


2nd Place: Resilience IQ (ResQ)

ResQ promotes recovery from opioid addiction by mobilizing a user’s social network.

ResQ connects users in recovery to their loved ones and takes the guess-work out of when and how to provide support. Recovering individuals record their progress by completing simple activities that research has shown can predict if they may use opioids in the future. Over time, this data is used to identify the critical moments when an individual is most vulnerable as well as the features of their vulnerability. For example, if they are lonely, stressed, or demonstrate risk-taking behavior—some of the key early warning signs of relapse. By identifying the time and circumstances of a user’s vulnerability, ResQ can mobilize their social support in a precise manner by suggesting responses to specific observed events and anticipated future events.


3rd Place: Team Hashtag

Team Hashtag developed A smart band to detect the onset of an overdose then alert bystanders and emergency contacts.

Team Hashtag’s novel solution – the HOPE Wristband – combines low-cost real-time tracking of pulse oximetry (the key biomarker for an overdose), alerts for life-threatening changes to blood oxygen levels, and a mobile app to notify an opioid user’s loved ones if they may have begun to overdose. This notification is critical so that the lifesaving opioid reversal drug, Naloxone, can be administered in time.


Honorable Mentions

The following teams were selected as semi-finalists who COMPETed in phase ii of the challenge:

Canary is an application that reduces reduces fatal overdoses by alerting a person’s trusted network of their inactivity following a dose of opioids. Before a person uses opioids, they activate Canary by opening the app and pressing a button. Canary uses the phone’s accelerometer to detect small body movements. In the event that a person stops moving and fails to respond to repeated prompts, Canary’s customizable system alerts others to a potential overdose.


Hey, Charlie is a digital platform designed to help individuals who are in recovery for opioid use disorder (OUD) rebuild their social environments. It provides 24/7 support using components of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT.) Hey, Charlie nudges patients away from interactions with people or places negative to their recovery and towards those that are helpful. Hey,Charlie has been shaped by over one hundred interviews with individuals in recovery as well as an IRB-backed UI/UX study with thirty individuals over thirty days.