MoodMission app wins big at Elevator Awards

An iPhone app developed by MICCN’s Doctor of Clinical Psychology student, David Bakker, has been recognised at this year’s Elevator Awards.

As part of the Pitch Originator (an entrepreneurship program run by the Generator), entrants had been working with industry mentors and attending workshops, before being selected as award finalists.

Held on Thursday 29 September 2016 and hosted by Professor Darrell Evans, Vice-Provost (Learning and Teaching), Professor Ian Smith, Vice-Provost (Research and Research Infrastructure), Dr Buzz Palmer and the Generator team, the black-tie awards gala celebrated innovation and entrepreneurism at Monash. The twelve finalist teams each gave a three-minute pitch for a chance to win $20,000, and a spot in the Accelerator – a program that could lead to seed funding for their start-ups.

The intense competition challenged the judges when choosing the five winning teams, which included David’s app for dealing with low moods and anxiety, MoodMission.

David, and supervisor Associate Professor Nikki Rickard, have worked on MoodMission for the past two years. The app itself, which is now freely available on the iOS App Store, has been designed to be used by anyone, whether they have a clinically significant anxiety or mood disorder, or just want to find ways of coping with day-to-day feelings of anxiousness or low moods.

As an added bonus on the night, MoodMission also received the People's Choice Award, following a vote from all gala attendees.

Young MICCN innovator, David, said of the award win, “We are extremely proud of our accomplishments with MoodMission. The win is significant for us in demonstrating not just the high quality of our research, but also the successful translation of this research into industry and the community. We now plan to pursue the development of an Android version of MoodMission, as well as developing a system of personalised programs for specific problems, unlockable through in-app purchases. These programs will help users tackle problems like fear of public speaking, spider phobia, flight anxiety, and many others.”

MICCN congratulates David and his team on this prestigious award win.

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