Help Test My LivWel
We are opening My LivWel to a group of users in November. If you're interested in helping shape My LivWel to be a resource that can provide great community impact, we want to hear from you! Sign up to get exclusive firsthand access to My LivWel. Tell us what you like, what you don't like, and help steer development direction. We are so excited to start launching My LivWel and value your participation in making it the best it can be.
Climb to the Summit
It's been a while since we last shared updates on this project. Many of you have been following us since the beginning, years ago now. We have been through some name changes and product pivots since then. Getting to know all of you in the community has helped shape these changes, and we are grateful for your engagement and support.
As in any startup, it's hard to get started. In our case, it's difficult to find the time on top of work and/or school studies, the funding to stay afloat, and the dedicated team to keep it running full steam ahead at a consistent pace. The past year has been an uneasy one with many challenges that have set this project back. However, while our online channels have been quiet, we have been working hard behind the scenes determined to deliver a tool to help people living with and at risk for HIV, as well as family and friends impacted, live healthy, normal lives. To live well.
A New Name and Look
You may have previously known our product to be called LivPoz or LivWel or at its very early days of simply Medical App Project. Now we have made a slight change to My LivWel. So why the name change?
The new name reflects a more personal ownership for you. This is your resource listing, your stories, your life. Personal accountability helps people make positive steps toward health because only you can be responsible for being receptive and taking action to seek and receive help. We reflect this ownership by adding "My" to the name. Living well is a choice you have to make, and our resources are here to help once that decision to get help is made. Living well can be an uphill climb, but My LivWel can fill your backpack with the tools needed to keep on the strong path and reach the summit.
We are excited to share this new name and look, and we look forward to taking the journey to good health together with you. Like what you see? Share it. Visit our support page to help us share My LivWel. It doesn't take much to help support this project, and we appreciate any bit of help and spreading the word that you can offer.
AIDS Walk Detroit
What a moving experience to participate in AIDS Walk Detroit another year. It was a beautiful day for people to gather and walk to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. Viewing the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt is such a powerful reminder of why the walk continues to take place. The event helps raise funds for programs in HIV education, prevention, and services. For more information, please visit www.aidswalkdetroit.org, spread the word, and make it out next year if you missed it.
Made At Michigan Feature
We are excited and honored to be featured in Made At Michigan, a publication from Innovate Blue at the University of Michigan. It's inspirational to be alongside so many other entrepreneurs being innovative and courageous in making an impact through their venture. Read our feature and explore other startups online at Made At Michigan.
Crowdfunding for Health
We are honored to be selected as one of 9 organizations to pitch at the Health Equity SOUP Dinner presented as part of the Sujal Symposium for Health and Social Justice. Other organizations presenting are Haiti Nursing Foundation, Hope Clinic, Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, My Sister’s Keeper, Ozone House, PIH-Engage, UM Asylum Collaborative/Freedom House, UMMS Student Run Free Clinic, and Zaman International. Please join us in raising awareness and funds for some very worthy causes!
Exploring Urban Informatics
What do you get when you put a bunch of civic activists, scholars, and technologists in the same room with no planned agenda? The Urban Informatics Unconference--so many great ideas around how to use data and tech to build cities that build community! We are energized to be engaging in this day of problem solving and sharing.
Pitching at Ann Arbor New Tech
We had a great time presenting LivWel alongside three other companies at September’s A2 NewTech Meetup. If you missed it, you can catch the video online. Looking forward to seeing you at the next one!
Honored by TechArb Peers
We were honored to be chosen by our University of Michigan TechArb cohort as MVP at its finale. This recognition is especially meaningful to us as it came from our peers. We are continuously impressed and inspired by their work, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for us all!
Getting to Know the Ryan White Network
We were appreciative and honored to be invited to present at the latest gathering of Southeast Michigan’s Ryan White Network. With over 50 representatives of service providers in attendance, we were inspired and energized by all the good work being done.
Connecting at D-NewTech
It was a great turnout at D-NewTech where we presented our pitch alongside several other passionate entrepreneurs. We are appreciative and excited to see the growing support.
Inspiration at TEDxUofM
Did you see us at TEDxUofM? We had fun meeting everyone who visited our table booth. We are encouraged by the positive feedback received.
Innovation in Action
The University of Michigan’s 2015 Innovation in Action competition gave a tremendous kickstart to our startup momentum. We are humbled by our first place finish and are eternally grateful to the School of Public Health and its supporters for this opportunity.
A small idea was shared at the We #MakeHealth Fest 2014 event...a mobile app idea that could help people living with HIV manage the taking of their medications. Surrounded by inspirational innovators and fearless creativity, this event marked the start of a journey that would expand, test, challenge, and make this idea come to life to where it is today.