San Diego’s Qualcomm Life Inc. is expanding its wireless health platform 2net Hub to developers in Europe, and has launched a contest that pits developers from around the world against one another to build the best wireless health app.

The 2net Hub creates a consolidated stream of biometric data that can be used across multiple devices, allowing blood pressure information, for example, from a cuff to be transmitted to a wireless device. Last year, the contest was only available to U.S.-based competitors.

The challenge will run through August, and cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place entries and will be in the amounts of €15,000, €10,000 and €5,000 respectively. Results will be announced at the Uplinq conference held this September in San Diego.

Also, in an effort to promote wireless technology’s integration into health care on a global stage, the company is launching a wireless walking challenge at the Mobile World Conference, the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile technology industry.

The company is collaborating with the American Heart Association to launch the initiative. It will be held in Barcelona February 25-28, and will be open to the more than 60,000 attendees from around the world.

“The 2net Platform allows challengers to select whichever device or app best suits them, enabling a truly personalized health experience where data is automatically collected and seamlessly aggregated across a variety of sensors, wireless technologies and applications,” said Rick Valencia, vice president and general manager of Qualcomm Life, in a statement.

— SDBJ Staff Report