OPEN at ATTD 2020

Some members of the OPEN team had the chance to attend the 13th International Conference on Advanced Technologies & Treatments for Diabetes (ATTD), which took place in Madrid from 19th until 22nd February.

Over the last decade, remarkable changes in the development and use of new technologies for people with diabetes (PwD) have been achieved. Main topics of this year’s conference were decision support systems, new CGM devices, open- and closed loop systems and automated insulin delivery (AID). OPEN met interesting people, kept up to date about the latest technological developments and experimented with new devices at the technology fair. The ATTD programme was simply overwhelming, so here is a selection of our personal highlights of the conference:

1. #docday°

Due to an increasingly strict regulatory framework, it is becoming more and more difficult for independent patient advocates to attend conferences such as ATTD. For this reason, Bastian Hauck has created the #dedoc° voices programme, which provided 20 patient advocates with the opportunity to attend, network and keep up to date with the latest innovations in diabetes technology at the congress in Madrid, including the conference sessions and technology fair.

The participants of #dedoc° voices presented their ambitious projects, e.g. Paul Louis talked about his engagement in Madagascar and Jazz Sethi about her educational work for the Indian population with diabetes.

OPEN project manager Hanne Ballhausen and project coordinator Shane O´Donnell used the opportunity at #docday° to give a short introduction to the previous work and future objectives of the OPEN consortium.

If you got intrigued from these first insights, you will find the complete #docday° on video: 

2. JDRF Session

An Open-Protocol Automated Insulin Delivery Ecosystem Is Coming: What Does This Mean for People with Type-1-Diabetes?

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OPEN at the bytes4diabetes-Award 2020

Last year, the OPEN Project applied for the bytes4diabetes-Award 2020 and out of many applicants was selected as one of the 11 finalists. OPEN took the fabulous opportunity to present its research project which not only investigates the outcomes of users of do-it-yourself artificial pancreas systems (DIYAPS), but also aims to find a solution for a wider use of any of the artificial pancreas systems at the award’s show. Many people from different backgrounds came to talk and ask questions about OPEN with our project manager Hanne who represented the team on this day.


The bytes4diabetes award, sponsored by BERLIN-CHEMIE AG, is intended to promote the digitization process in diabetology and to encourage a constructive exchange between the various players. In 2020 for the first time, creative minds from clinics or diabetes centers, universities, research institutions or industry, start-ups or talented lone wolves were invited to apply with a digital solution they have created for people with diabetes (PwD), their caregivers or for health care professionals (HCP). A few are then selected to present their ideas at the DiaTec in Berlin, the most important German advanced training event for health care professionals in diabetes technology and digitization.


This year´s winners are:

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OPEN at #FH19

Once again, Berlin has been the place where people come together to learn, get inspired and exchange:

Frontiers Health 2019 welcomed health innovators from around the globe in the “Axica Kongress- und Tagungszentrum” – just a few steps away from the Brandenburg Gate.

Frontiers Health gives a platform to a variety of conference activities – talks, panels, interactive sessions, workshops and more – about the newest healthcare trends and innovations. And here especially start-ups get the chance to present their ideas, and for all, new partnerships can be formatted. This year, news and trends in digital health were on the programme. 600+ people came to speak, listen and discuss: innovators, scientists, physicians, large companies’ executives, investors, leading CEOs of start-up companies – and OPEN.

Denise Silber, Doctors 2.0 & You, explored “Patient Centricity and Digital Innovation” in a session with different panelists. In her opinion, one can only improve patients´ lives when there is a deep understanding of the patients´ needs and experiences.

One of our OPEN team members, Saskia Wolf, explained to the audience what makes type-1-diabetes such a hard job, how patients manage/d to help themselves with DIYAPS and how the OPEN project is investigating various aspects of these DIY solutions.

Frontiers Health 2019

Saskias take-home messages were:

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