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The SUDEP Institute Challenge: Empowering People with Epilepsy

Challenge Reward: $15,000 USD Challenge Type: Ideation

Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is the leading cause of death in young adults who have epilepsy and cannot control their seizures. Each year, more than 1 out of 1,000 people with epilepsy die from SUDEP, and, if seizures are uncontrolled, the risk increases to more than 1 out of 150. 

A widespread lack of awareness and ongoing fear and discrimination lead too many individuals to hide their epilepsy and to accept ongoing seizures instead of seeking out more effective treatments. This increases their risk of SUDEP. 

The Epilepsy Foundation SUDEP Institute is determined to change this and is challenging Solvers to come up with ideas for a creative advocacy campaign that encourages people with seizures and epilepsy to seek optimal seizure control and to educate themselves and their families about SUDEP and how they can mitigate its risks. In addition, the campaign should invite the broader health care community to talk about SUDEP, understand the importance of not accepting ongoing seizures, and pursue all effective treatment options. 

Can you help us to demystify seizures and epilepsy, and empower people with epilepsy? 

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.

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DEADLINE: Jul 13 2015 Project Rooms 206 Jun 09 2015

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