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Fighting Cystic Fibrosis with Cloud Technology

In the summer of 2013, the CEO of Spot Solutions and his wife went on a vacation with close friends whose daughter, Bella, has Cystic Fibrosis (CF). PEP (Positive Expiratory Pressure) therapy is an airway clearance technique for CF patients. Children like Bella do this physiotherapy twice a day, for around 30 minutes each time. While it's a very boring and repetitive task, it can greatly extend the lifespan of patients with CF. This experience of doing Bella’s CF therapy night and day for a week led them to wonder whether one could develop a way to make the therapy more fun by making a video game that's controlled by breath. At the same time, it could monitor the patient and give both caregivers and patients more independence.

 The team at Spot Solutions began work on a game framework, based on Unity3D, a common game development platform, and cloud services, based on Azure. Months later, Spot Solutions had the technology architecture and proof of concept ready. A 48 hour “Game Jam” was then held at the Microsoft development facility in Vancouver over a weekend where a number of breath controlled video games were developed. The local BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver was so impressed that Spot Solutions is now in the process of using this system in scientific study to measure the adoption of the therapy with CF children.

Spot Solutions is proud to announce that our team has won the 2015 Microsoft Canada Citizenship and Community IMPACT Award. This award recognizes partners who define innovation in technology and have been trailblazers in the Mobile First, Cloud First world. Microsoft Canada presented these awards in 15 categories on July 12, 2015 at the World Partner Conference (WPC) in Orlando, Florida. Winners were selected based on the outstanding work and social impact they provided to their customers and community and for the great market opportunities they created in Canada.

 “It is an exciting time to be a technology partner in Canada and we congratulate all the IMPACT Award winners who have transformed their business and made a strong impact in this Mobile First, Cloud First world,” said Jason Brommet, Director of Partner Business & Development, Microsoft Canada. “Microsoft continues to work with partners to build best-in-class platforms to help businesses be more productive and ultimately achieve more.” This year the IMPACT Awards recognized partners that have leveraged Microsoft cloud offerings and have been committed to the pursuit of quality, transformation and innovation. All categories are hotly contested and winners have shown a proven commitment to Microsoft by delivering outstanding performances.

 “We have had the opportunity to work with many outstanding people to put together “The Bella Project” says Susan Boyles, Special Projects Coordinator at Spot Solutions. “The project involves a mobile app, web service and device for children with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) to complete their daily physiotherapy with increased independence and allowing parents and medical staff to track the results. Microsoft has been great to work with, helping in many aspects of this project from hardware, technology and even office space.