HopeLab

Redwood City, CA

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Website link (to your blog or company website): http://hopelab.org

Other website link (other link you would like to share): http://remission2.org

Twitter handle: HopeLab

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/HopeLab

Who are you? (brief background/overview about yourself): HopeLab is a nonprofit that combines rigorous research with innovative solutions to improve human health and well-being. In the late 1980s, HopeLab founder Pam Omidyar spent her days as a research assistant in an immunology lab. At night, after hours watching malignant cancer cells multiply under a microscope, she unwound by playing video games with her husband, Pierre Omidyar, the software engineer who went on to found eBay. As a scientist and game enthusiast, Pam began to wonder if giving young cancer patients a chance to blast their cancer in a video game might actually improve their health. In 2001, Pam founded HopeLab to develop and test this concept, which led to our first product, Re-Mission. Today we’re working to harness the power and appeal of technology to improve human health and well-being. Re-Mission demonstrated that specially designed technology can be both fun and effective in driving positive health behavior. Zamzee, another product developed at HopeLab, deepened our understanding of how to motivate and sustain healthy behavior change. Our work now focuses on the research and development of new social technologies to promote human resilience and improve both psychological and biological health and well-being.

Why are you interested in Resilience Tech? We believe there is a big opportunity space for the next generation of apps and other technologies that can cultivate human resilience by helping people develop a deeper sense of purpose and meaning in their lives, foster healthy and loving connections between people, and help people feel a greater sense of control over their destiny. We hope that this network will provide us all a space to connect on these and related topics.

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