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The Atopic dermatitis Educator

The atopic dermatitis educator is a virtual reality and bot system to educate children and adolescents about atopic dermatitis at school.

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Please elaborate on your proposed solution to the challenge in no more than 300 words.

I experienced atopic dermatitis when I was at school and it was really difficult for me to deal with it because I would scratch my arms and legs at night and appeared next day at school with a severe skin rash that people would look at me wondering what is that about. So, I believe that this type of bullying can be tackled by providing education about it in a fun and healthy way where children and adolescents are educated knowing is something completely normal that can happen to people. The idea of educating can be immersed in a virtual reality bot experience as an education program to learn about atopic dermatitis, what it can do and how we can help people with it. So, it encourages supporting other people that has it.

What is the name of your organization?

University of Technology of Sydney

Where are you and your organization based?

Sydney, Australia

Please provide a description of your organization.

UTS is a public university of technology defined by our support for the economic, social and cultural prosperity of our communities. We are measured by the success of our students, staff and partners and committed to research, innovation and the dissemination of knowledge of public value. UTS is an inclusive university, providing expertise, facilities and professional services that benefit organisations and institutions internationally, as well as individuals in local community

What is your name?

Mariel Sarria

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Hi Mariel,

Thank you for sharing your own personal experience with AD. I definitely think there’s a lot we could learn from you and your experience and how you think about approaching it.

I’m intrigued by the idea of using chatbots and VR in building an understanding of AD. Would love to hear in a little more detail about how you see the technology being used!

Thank you once again and welcome to the community!