Time to play? Members of our team present on gamification and HIV/AIDS

This week I attended the yth live conference in San Francisco. It was an phenomenal opportunity to learn about innovative applications of technology to improve the health of adolescents and young adults. One of the highlights was watching our team members Dr. Raluca Buzdugan and Reva Grimball present their sexual health promotion game for men who have sex with men in Mexico City, a project in collaboration with Mr. Sergio Bautista-Arredondo of the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico. Gamification's application to health was also demonstrated by Goalpost, a smoking cessation app that uses the power of social networks, game mechanics and medical research to help people achieve their goal of being smoke-free. Together the two applications are on the forefront of tools that combine game elements with education, behavioral economics, and psychology to improve health.