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A mobile application to help groups organize bone marrow registry drives. A fast, accessible, one touch to join application that connects users to existing bone marrow drives and gives them the opportunity to organize a drive and invite others to join. People are more likely to participate in a bone marrow drive if there is a face attached to the cause and if there is an organized group event where friends, co-workers and team members can encourage each other.

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The goal is to create a platform where people can share the joy of enlisting to save a cancer patient’s life by becoming a bone marrow donor and encouraging others to do the same.

Matchpoint would make these events’ information accessible for anyone wishing to register. Users can use’s bone marrow drives in your area database to join or organize a bone marrow drive, share the event information with friends and acquaintances using social media tools such as facebook, twitter and four square….spreading the word, organizing and participating.

My boyfriend had a Bone Marrow Transplant in November 2010. It has been a very difficult and empowering journey for both of us and finding a match was among our most difficult challenges. His co-workers got together and organized a bone marrow drive in his office where close to 100 people attended. Seeing them support him and encourage other office mates to participate and register inspired me to submit this idea.
I want to mimic what already happens organically among support groups and family members and provide an organizing tool that makes this process simpler, faster and easier to share with other potential donors.

- Application displaying information from existing bone marrow donor drive events’ databases
- Intuitive application’s interface to create new event (donor drive)
- Links to existing social networks for connecting events’ information with others (facebook, twitter, four square)
- GPS-enabled
- Event Database
- Membership Database
- Supportive website to display events, location, links

Which barrier(s) does your concept address?

  • Fear
  • Misunderstanding

Which step(s) of the journey does your concept apply to?

  • Awareness
  • Registration
  • Spread the word

Evaluation results

9 evaluations so far

1. How easy is this concept to implement?

I could start right now. - 60%

This might take a bit of planning and probably some help from several partners. - 40%

This is a big undertaking and I'd need a lot of help from friends, organizations and other groups to make it happen. - 0%

2. Will this concept successfully reach and encourage under-represented populations (including South Asians) to join the bone marrow registry?

Yes, this concept will resonate with diverse groups of people from all over the world. - 40%

No, this concept might not reach under-represented populations very well. - 20%

I'm not sure, but I hope so! - 40%

3. How well does this concept dispel myths, ease fears, or provide education about bone marrow registration and donation?

Really well -- I already feel like I have a better understanding of the process and why it's important. - 20%

Okay, though it'll still take some explaining to get people to understand how bone marrow registration and donation work. - 80%

Not very well -- we'd have to create a highly detailed plan around this concept to help people understand. - 0%

4. How scalable is this concept?

This concept is highly scalable and could easily impact people all over the world. - 60%

This concept is really best suited for small groups and local areas. - 30%

This concept could be scaled, but we'd have to refine it for different settings. - 10%

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I know I am coming very late to this party but I just thought I would add one point which I have seen in a few of these campaigns.

The most common message I see is that finding an exact match is very difficult and therefore I should register to increase the odds for a specific patient. Patient X has a 1:10,000 chance of finding a match therefore we need 10,000 donors.

This is an evocative message and usually makes want to register but when I invariably get waylaid with something else – which by the way is why I love the dentist idea too – it dilutes the sense of urgency because I feel like my contribution is very unlikely to help any way.

But we can also turn the stats around and show the number of people I would likely help by signing-up. If the probability of a match is 1:10,000 and there are 1,000,000 people in the world that need a donation, then if I sign-up I am helping 100 people.

There is less of an immediate connection as those are unnamed causes but more urgency because I know a particular number of people need me and by delaying action they are suffering.

I’m no expert on the medical issues either but maybe you could even have this estimated based on demographic factors, etc. so that it feels personalized as with blood donation where I know that being O- my blood is particularly useful.

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