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NLR wins Innovation Award for SkinApp

20 November 2017


NLR’s SkinApp is one of the award winners for The Spindle Best Idea 2017 at the Fourth Partos Innovation Festival. The €1.000 cash prize was awarded for the best innovative idea of 2017 in a competition for innovative concepts in international development.


The Spindle jury was convinced of NLR’s capabilities to maximize the potential of the SkinApp and to positively impact the health of millions.

The award was a final recognition of 4 months of hard work and play in The Spindle Summer Labs, an innovation incubator. In May, 22 contestants submitted their ideas to gain entry into the Summer Labs. The SkinApp was one of ten submissions that were selected after a harrowing round of pitches. During the Summer Lab, the participants developed prototypes with support of design agencies using Design Thinking tools. NLR came out of the lab with a testable solution to scale up and disseminate the SkinApp. The award was supported by Haëlla Stichting and Triodos Foundation.


NLR’s SkinApp is one of the award winners for The Spindle Best Idea 2017 at the Fourth Partos Innovation Festival. The €1.000 cash prize was awarded for the best innovative idea of 2017 in a competition for innovative concepts in international development.

About the SkinApp

The SkinApp is a mobile app that supports healthcare workers in developing countries to diagnose and treat common skin disease, skin-NTD’s and HIV-​related skin diseases. Research has shown that many healthcare workers at the peripheries lack the knowledge and experience with skin diseases to make a correct and timely diagnosis. The SkinApp has been validated in field tests in Mozambique. Our next challenge is to distribute the app among healthcare workers in other African countries, Asia and Latin America.

For more information about the SkinApp please visit our Skinapp page or contact Dr Liesbeth Maris, Technical Advisor via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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