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#WalkStar Winner Walks More Than 50 Miles at Mobile World Congress

Last week, Qualcomm Life kicked off the Wireless Walking Challenge with the American Heart Association at Mobile World Congress 2013 to encourage physical activity during the conference.

The Challenge goal was to raise awareness of and involvement in heart health management through web-based apps and fitness devices. The Challenge has now come to a close and the participants with the most total steps throughout the week have been announced. Participants in the Wireless Walking Challenge, ranging from conference organizers, media and company representatives, together ended the week with 7,769,679 total steps taken during the Challenge!

When the Wireless Walking Challenge came to a close on the final day of the conference, the participant with the most steps was named the ultimate #WalkStar and awarded the grand prize of a Dell XPS Tablet. This Challenge winner was Radu Tyrsina, a freelance writer and blogger, who logged in over 100,000 steps over the four-day event. The winning step count equates to more than 50 miles or a walk from the Qualcomm Life headquarters in San Diego to Rosarito Beach, Mexico in Baja California!

Radu has been quoted as saying that “I firmly believe technology is made to serve our needs and not the other way around.” He proved this to be the case as he utilized the FitBit wireless device to track his steps and monitor his activity levels throughout the week.  

The second place winner, Alexandru Tanase, used RunKeeper to track his steps and to log his runs and walks throughout the day.  He had over 32,000 steps in just one day of the Challenge.

2nd Place Winner Alexandru Tanase with his new BodyMedia device.

“The leaderboard motivated me a lot. To see the other participants doing more than me, [it] encouraged me to run, run, run and finally I was there in second place,” Andrews said at the Challenge close.

Throughout the competition the mHealth apps and devices used by participants were connected to the Wireless Walking Challenge app via the 2net Connect APIs. This allowed participants to track their steps via an automatic update that was reflected in near real time on the app leaderboard. The Challenge app served as a central hub for participants to track their steps and earn prizes based on their total steps taken in relation to other participants enrolled in the Challenge.

Congratulations again to all Wireless Walking Challenge participants and a special thanks to all our 2net collaborators who helped with the Challenge—we look forward to hosting similar challenges in the future and encourage all readers to host their own Challenges!

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