Medihoo European AppCup winner

Medihoo named winner in the European AppCup – Venue Impressions & Press Release

Medihoo Named Winner in CityNext Category of the 2015 European AppCpp

Third annual Microsoft-sponsored competition recognizes excellence in European application development



Brussels, Belgium — March 25, 2015 — in Brussels, Medihoo from Luxembourg was named as the winner of the Microsoft CityNext category in the company’s third annual European AppCup, a competition created to recognize innovative application development in Europe. Medihoo’s winning application was created to help users share their healthcare experiences and create a database of trusted and well-reviewed medical professionals. The app can be downloaded here.

The competition began with entries from 27 countries, and 9 finalists from 8 countries competed for prizes in three categories – business-to-business (B2B), business-to-consumer (B2C), and Microsoft CityNext which was focused on applications to help improve cities.

The competition was held as part of the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners’ (IAMCP) annual Europe Summit, which brings together 2000 IAMCP and Microsoft BizSpark members from across Europe. It is the largest gathering of European IAMCP partners that facilitates networking, business development, and European policy discussions.

Speaking at the event, Celine Bremaud, vice president of the Small and Mid-Market Solutions and Partners group for Microsoft in Europe, the Middle East and Africa said, “Our core mission at Microsoft is to reinvent productivity to empower every individual and organization to achieve more. We have a long-term commitment to partnering with Europe to help its start-ups, developers and small businesses thrive, and the European AppCup is a fantastic opportunity to recognize these amazing European innovators who are creating applications that are helping people achieve more and entertain more.”

Upon being named winner, Jeroen Van de Velde, founder of MediHoo, said: “MediHoo is about bringing healthcare closer to the people. We are a community-based business, so events like these are very important to network and connect with both individuals and potential business partners who can help grow our community and ensure everyone can get access to good healthcare providers, no matter where they are.”

Having problems with anxiety, phobia, stress,…? These apps may help you ease things up!

Anxiety, phobia, stress…

Everyone experiences at some give point a stronger or milder form of anxiety, stress, phobias. These apps may help you in lindering their effects.

1. Pacifica

System: iOS & Android
For: Anxiety
Their claim: “Stress and anxiety are caused by an ongoing cycle of fear. Fearful thoughts cause physical feelings which cause actions. Your heart starts racing, so you think you’re in danger, so you want to escape. Pacifica attempts to break this cycle using tools that target each of its components. Day-by-day, you’ll learn to manage stress and anxiety at your own pace. We’re not about quick-fixes or false promises. We are about real progress, a day at a time.”

2. Headspace

System: iOS & Android
For: Stress, anxiety, memory loss, lack of focus, creative blocks, interpersonal relationships
Their claim: “Headspace is meditation made simple. Learn online, when you want, wherever you are, in just 10 minutes a day. Headspace is your very own personal trainer, here to help you train your mind.”

3. Breathe2Relax

System: iOS & Android
For: Anxiety, anger, mood instability
Their claim: “Breathe2Relax is a portable stress management tool. Breathe2Relax is a hands-on diaphragmatic breathing exercise. Breathing exercises have been documented to decrease the body’s ‘fight-or-flight’ (stress) response, and help with mood stabilization, anger control, and anxiety management.Breathe2Relax can be used as a stand-alone stress reduction tool, or can be used in tandem with clinical care directed by a healthcare worker.”

4. PTSD Coach

System: iOS & Android
Their claim: “The PTSD Coach app can help you learn about and manage symptoms that often occur after trauma. Features include: Reliable information on PTSD and treatments that work / Tools for screening and tracking your symptoms / Convenient, easy-to-use tools to help you handle stress symptoms / Direct links to support and help / Always with you when you need it”

5. Positive Activity Jackpot

System: Android only
For: Depression
Their claim: “Positive Activity Jackpot uses a professional behavioral health therapy called pleasant event scheduling (PES), which is used to overcome depression and build resilience. This app features augmented reality technology to help users find nearby enjoyable activities and makes activity suggestions with local options and the ability to invite friends. If you cannot make up your mind which fun thing to do, “pull the lever” and let the app’s jackpot function make the choice for you.”

6. Recovery Record

System: iOS & Android
For: Eating disorders
Their claim: “Building on a platform of decades of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and self-monitoring research, we sought to deliver ‘what works’ in an engaging and elegant way on mobile devices. A simple observation – that the tedium associated with pen-and-paper monitoring detracts from treatment engagement – evolved into Recovery Record, the world’s number one mobile application for eating disorders.”

7. Acupressure: Heal Yourself

System: iOS & Android
For: Anxiety, stress, addiction, physical pain and discomfort
Their claim: “Feeling run down with everyday stresses? Pressure points are a great way to release nerve endings and ease tension in the body for all over spiritual and physical comfort. You can also use self-massage of points to relieve anxiety and to help you get to sleep at night.”

8. Worry Watch

Worry Watch

System: iOS
For: Anxiety
Their claim: “Often we worry and get anxious about everyday things. Later we realize most of those worries were unnecessary and some irrational too. Yet we don’t tend to remember these momentary realizations when we worry again. Worry Watch is a unique journal app designed specifically to log these worries & self-realizations and track visually.”

9. Relax Melodies

System: iOS & Android
For: Insomnia, stress
Their claim:  “Can’t sleep? In 20 minutes or less you will. Introducing the most popular sleep aid app! Start sleeping now and enjoy full nights of sleep like you haven’t in a long time! Select sounds and melodies that you like and combine them to create a mix. Adjust the volume of each sound individually for better results. Lay back, listen, and enjoy falling asleep. Is that simple and it works. Use timers and alarms if needed. Try different and new mixes every time!”

10. I Can Be Free

System: iOS & Android
For: Anxiety, phobias, insomnia, low self-esteem
Their claim: “The I Can Be Anything™ apps will help you overcome any emotional or cognitive challenges you may experience during a lifetime. Each I Can Be Anything™ session will expose you to a very powerful message. By listening to an audio session once a day for two weeks, you will improve your well-being and strengthen your sense of self. When your thoughts and emotions are modified, your actions will also change, making it easier for you to achieve and sustain a good life.”

Source: buzzfeed