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My first month running Basal-IQ

October 11th, 2018 | Christopher Snider
Hi. I know this may read like an advertorial, but this is just me and my personal opinion, and I happen to be sharing it on the Tidepool blog. – Christopher Snider A few weeks ago I completed my training through Tandem’s patient portal on their new Basal-IQ feature and updated my t:slim X2 insulin […]
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Summer Conference Bonanza

October 4th, 2018 | Christopher Snider
I get a tremendous amount of joy in appearing at JDRF TypeOneNation summits. They are the perfect blend of information and empathy for diabetes veterans and newly diagnosed families. This summer, I also had the opportunity to represent Tidepool at American Diabetes Association’s Scientific Sessions (ADA), Children with Diabetes Friends for Life (FFL), and the […]
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My Summer Internship with Tidepool

September 20th, 2018 | Christopher Snider
At the end of the summer, Courtenay gave a presentation to the Tidepool team about her work as a Front End Engineering Intern, what she learned, and how she’s grown. It went so well, I asked her to summarize that presentation in a blog post, cementing her experience in digital cement. As we look to […]
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From the Community: Feedback sessions with our Medtronic 630G, 640G, and 670G beta testers

September 10th, 2018 | Christopher Snider
Last month Tidepool launched full support for Medtronic MiniMed 630G, 640G, and 670G. Part of our work to bring this new feature to the diabetes community involved a lot of testing with people with diabetes wearing 630G, 640G, or 670G. Once all of our work together was complete, I followed up with some of our […]
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From the Community – Roy R.

August 28th, 2018 | Christopher Snider
As part of our work to add support for Medtronic MiniMed 630G, 640G, and 670G to Tidepool, we worked closely with a great number of diabetes community members who helped beta test our software. Along the way, I asked a number of our beta testers how it felt to see their diabetes data in Tidepool. […]
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How Your Donated Data is Helping in a Hospital Setting

July 6th, 2018 | Christopher Snider
I recently spoke with Brad, a clinical pharmacist and father of a daughter with type 1 diabetes about how our recent analysis of insulin pump data donated to the Tidepool Big Data Donation Project can be used in a teaching setting. Brad and I walked through our original blog post and he shared insights that […]
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From the Community: Jason M.

June 18th, 2018 | Christopher Snider
Jason first responded to our invitation to share his diabetes story before he became our Data Science Intern for the summer. As you’ll soon read, Jason has an appropriately analytical approach to his diabetes, one that I’m sure some of you can appreciate. If you’d like to share your story with us, fill out this […]
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From the Community: Lisa F

June 14th, 2018 | Christopher Snider
At Tidepool, we often hear most frequently from people who are recently diagnosed looking to understand the data that comes off our pumps, CGMs, and blood glucose meters. This makes conversations with people who have been living with diabetes for a long time, like Lisa, particularly rewarding. Their experiences and appreciation for the advancements in […]
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From the Community: Rob G.

June 5th, 2018 | Christopher Snider
As Community Manager, I have the luxury of hearing stories from the Tidepool, and broader diabetes community every day. These stories give us an opportunity to learn from the diversity of experiences across this disease, reminding each of us that your diabetes may vary. They also highlight the shared experiences that make this community special. […]
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My First Year at Tidepool

March 26th, 2018 | Christopher Snider
I joined the Tidepool team a year ago, celebrating my new job with a friendly greeting to the world and an eagerness to share all of the great work we are doing with all of you. It’s been remarkable to be part of the process and gain a genuine appreciation for what it takes to […]
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Friends for Life 2017: So. Many. Stickers.

July 19th, 2017 | Christopher Snider
I’m not new to Friends for Life. I first attended the signature event hosted by Children with Diabetes a few years ago and received my first green bracelet. The camaraderie that develops from a colored piece of paper around your wrist is spectacular. I’m also not new to the diabetes community. I’ve been active, in […]
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Hello World

May 19th, 2017 | Christopher Snider
Hi everyone. I know, based on timestamps, we’ve fallen behind sharing regular updates with you all. One of the aspects of a small non-profit organization is the necessity for people to wear many hats and juggle multiple priorities. This isn’t meant to be an excuse – as supporters, evangelists, and ultimately, our users, you deserve […]
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Precision Medicine, POTUS and T1D

February 29th, 2016 | Howard Look
Last Thursday I had the incredible opportunity to be on a panel discussion with President Barack Obama. The event marked one year of progress since the President kicked off the Precision Medicine Initiative in early 2015. It took place in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, literally steps away from the […]
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“How can I help?”

July 11th, 2014 | Kent Quirk
We get asked this question a lot. It’s often asked by engineers who have a vested interest in solving these problems, usually because they or a family member have Type 1 Diabetes. And we definitely can use some help. But what kinds of help? Tidepool’s goal as an organization is to help as many people […]
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For the love of Joe Garmon

June 24th, 2014 | Howard Look
This is Joe Garmon (on the left). We love Joe. Joe is working on his PhD research at the University of Central Florida. His thesis will be “An Algorithmic Model for Tuning of Insulin Pump Control Parameters.” Joe is using big data mining and multidimensional statistical analysis techniques to come up with better pump settings […]
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Our first outside contribution!

February 18th, 2014 | Kent Quirk
One of the milestones in any open source project is when someone from outside the project makes a contribution. Today that happened for us. An open source developer made a small but useful change to one of our projects, submitted it as a pull request, and it was accepted and merged into our master branch. […]
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Why Tidepool is Open and Non-profit

January 7th, 2014 | Howard Look
Happy New Year! Back when we founded Tidepool (originally named “GreenDot Diabetes”), we made two important decisions: 1) We would be an open source effort, and 2) We would be non-profit. These were not decisions we took lightly. Most of us live in the SF Bay Area, in the heart of the very much for-profit […]
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We Are Not Waiting

December 23rd, 2013 | Lane Desborough
Here’s our first guest-post, from D-dad Lane Desborough. When Lane’s son Hayden was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes four years ago, Lane decided to devote his life to reducing the burden of diabetes. Leveraging his engineering experience in industrial automation, he’s spent the past four years on closed loop insulin delivery, remote monitoring, and tools to support […]
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