From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

dacadoo ag
Dacadoo logo.png
Type of business Private company
Type of site
Health promotion, mhealth, Social Networking
Available in 13 languages including: American English, UK English, German, Dutch, Portuguese, French, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Italian, Polish and Chinese simplified
Founded Zurich, Switzerland
Area served Worldwide
Created by Yago Veith
Website www.dacadoo.com
Alexa rank 1,406,843 (Jan 2017)[1]
Registration Required
Launched December 2011
Current status Active

dacadoo (formerly QUENTIQ AG) is a Zurich-based company that combines mobile technologies, social networking, gamification and big data analytics with the aim of helping users improve their health and well-being.

History and background[edit]

dacadoo is based in Zurich, Switzerland and was founded as QUENTIQ AG in 2010 (and renamed to dacadoo ag in January 2012) with client service offices in Boston (USA), Odense (Denmark) and Sydney (Australia). The company is privately funded. The dacadoo platform went live with its first generation (version 1.x) in 3 languages in December 2011 with its online health and wellbeing platform, and its related application to track activity for iOS devices, followed by similar applications for Android devices in May 2012 and BlackBerry devices in June 2012 (development was stopped end of 2013). In January 2013 dacadoo launched its second generation platform (version 2.x) in 6 languages and in October 2015 its third and fully mobile third generation (version 3.x) in 11 languages, which followed a pure “mobile first” approach (both on mobile apps and web application). Currently, dacadoo runs on version 3.5.2 in 13 languages. The company focuses exclusively on a B2B2C go-to-market approach and has signed agreements with customers (insurers, corporate wellness vendors, etc.) who launched the dacadoo platform in an own branded version to their end users in various countries.

The company presupposes its health platform execution on the premise that sedentary lifestyles have increased the proportion of people who are overweight, have diabetes or suffer heart failure in our society thus pressuring further the already stressed healthcare budgets of most developed countries. One such study quoted is the clinical data published in the Lancet[2] in 2012 which demonstrates that insufficient activity has nearly the same effect on life expectancy as smoking. With these type of studies as their reference dacadoo has been, according to their website and press releases, developing a so-called lifestyle navigation platform that calculates a person's Health Score.[3] The score, a number from 1 to 1000, represents a person’s health status from poor to excellent and aims to represent a directional relative indicator of a user's current health and wellbeing status in real-time. According to the company's website, the dacadoo health score is based on three pillars:

  • Your Body (who you are): the platform captures hard data such as age, gender, weight, height, body dimensions, blood values and blood pressure
  • Your Emotions (how you feel): the platform uses a quality of life questionnaire to obtain the necessary information for this pillar
  • Your Lifestyle (what you do): the platform captures data from physical activity, nutrition, stress, sleep and daily steps

According to their statement, many of the company's initiatives aim to focus on active health promotion (prevention) and healthier lifestyle to tackle the problems before they become chronic – in this instance referencing a report on global life sciences published by Ernst & Young in 2012 [4] which recognizes that changing behavioral patterns represented the single biggest opportunity to improve an individual’s health outcome.

The company's business model is based on the premise that the combination of smartphone technology, social networking, motivation techniques from the gaming industry (gamification), big data analytics and a reward system, have the power to facilitate lifestyle behavior change in individuals. As a result, the company trademarked the dacadoo Health Score Platform based on these principles. The company has since launch issued a disclaimer that the so-called dacadoo Health Score [5] is not a medical diagnostic tool but a lifestyle product and therefore does not substitute the diagnosis of a medical professional.

Platform and functionality[edit]

The digital and mobile health & wellbeing platform can be accessed by web browser on the computer or by a mobile wireless device such as a smartphone or tablet, or via the native mobile apps for iPhone and Android smartphones. The platform calculates a real-time Health Score for each user based on 3 key areas: Lifestyle (exercise, nutrition, stress and sleep), Body (biometric measures), and Mind (mental well-being), and motivates users through automated lifestyle coaching, gamification, social features and a reward system.

The platform is device and application agnostic and supports third party devices and apps from companies such as Fitbit, Jawbone (company), Garmin and Polar, Suunto, TomTom, Nokia (formerly Withings), Runkeeper, Endomondo (UnderArmour), Moves (Facebook), Strava, etc. and it’s HealthKit enabled for iPhone users, Google Fit and Samsung Health enabled for Android users.

In addition to offer the connection to the various tracking devices and apps, dacadoo offers an own tracker that can track more than 115 different indoor and outdoor fitness activities.

Similar products[edit]

Similar products include

  • Vitality/Discovery
  • Café Well/Welltok
  • Virgin Pulse

Awards and nominations[edit]

Winner of the Frost & Sullivan Global Wellness Analytics Visionary Innovation Leadership Award 2016.,[6] winner of the Red Herring Global Top 100 Award,[7] Winner of the Digital Health Global 100 by the Journal of mHealth, winner of the BeWell Challenges HITS Award by Merck,[8] and winner of the BIG Innovation Award 2016 by the Business Intelligence Group in the USA[9]

dacadoo won silver at the EU SME eHealth Competition 2015[10] in the Champions category in Riga. in May 15 dacadoo was elected Top 50 startups at TiECon 2015[11] in the USA. Finalist at the Digital Health Award of the Digital Innovation in Healthcare Conference of Munich Network (Europe).[12]

In 2014 dacadoo wins Bronze in the category “Innovation" at the Best of Swiss Web Awards 2014 in Zurich. [13] dacadoo is one of the winners of the Red Herring Top 100 Europe Award 2014 in Amsterdam.[14] In November 2014 dacadoo wins Bronze in category Lifestyle at the Best of Swiss App Award 2014. [15]

In Lucerne, Switzerland the dacadoo platform won the Swiss ICT Award 2013 Public Award.[16] In Köln, Germany, dacadoo won the Health Media Award 2013.[17]

The dacadoo tracker app was on the short list of the inaugural Swiss App Awards[18] 2012 in Zurich. Quentiq was nominated in the 2012 Best of Swiss Web Awards. The Quentiq platform won bronze,[19] in the category "Technology" at the "Best of Swiss Web Awards 2012" in Zurich, was selected as the winner by the judges. In Munich at the "Health Media Award 2012″[20] the Quentiq platform won the first place award in the category "International Communication" and also for the Special category: “International Cooperation”.

Media coverage[edit]

The company has received media coverage in print, online and TV mostly in the German speaking part of Europe (Switzerland, Germany and Austria). Swiss German print media includes Blick,[21] SonntagsBlick magazine,[22] SonntagsZeitung weekly newspaper,[23] and 20 Minuten,[24] und [25] BILANZ Magazine,[26] and NZZ am Sonntag.[27][28][29] Swiss French print media includes newspaper Le Temps.[30] Also covered by Swiss television's.[31] "cash TV" and "10vor10"[32] and "Einstein".[33] Also covered by the DRS 2[34] the second Swiss German radio station from Schweizer Radio DRS and the French radio in Switzerland RTS.[35]

In Germany, media coverage includes Die Welt,[36] Internet World Business,[37] heise online,[38] and Süddeutsche Zeitung.[39][40] Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ)[41] and German TV ZDFinfo,[42] and on German public TV Erstes Deutsches Fernsehen Das Erste,[43] Also specific start-up news websites such as startupticker.ch,[44] startwerk.ch,[45] ictk.ch,[46] Newly Swissed,[47] gruenderszene.de,[48] and netzwoche.[49] dacadoo has been mentioned in a three-sided report in the taz Die Tageszeitung,[50]

English speaking media coverage include articles in Bloomberg news,[51] the Journal of mHealth,[52] The Economist,[53] and the Wall Street Journal.[54] Also published in mHealthNews,[55] mHealthSpot,[56] SeekingAlpha,[57] theinquirer,[58] mobihealthnews,[59] finance.yahoo.com,[60] and Salus Digital.[61]

Danish newspapers have also written about the company due to founding entrepreneur Peter Ohnemus's Danish background. These include: Dagbladet Børsen[62] and Berlingske Tidende.[63]

Portuguese "Brazilian" speaking media coverage includes articles in Saber Viver,[64] Brazil’s EXAME magazine,[65] and Impressão Digital.[66]


To date, there isn’t yet any prospective clinical outcome study on behavioral change that shows objectively, that the dacadoo health score platform is effective as behavioral change and well-being platform.


  1. ^ "dacadoo.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 20 Jan 2017. 
  2. ^ Lancet 2012; 380: 219–29 "Effect of physical inactivity on major non-communicable diseases worldwide: an analysis of burden of disease and life expectancy” I-Min Lee, Eric J Shiroma, Felipe Lobelo, Pekka Puska, Steven N Blair, Peter T Katzmarzyk, for the Lancet Physical Activity Series Working Group*
  3. ^ "Reuters: dacadoo Obtains US Patent for Health Score". dacadoo Obtains US Patent for its Health Score and Launches New Website. Archived from the original on December 2, 2014. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  4. ^ Global Life Sciences Report 2012 by Ernst & Young “Progressions – The Third Place: healthcare everywhere”
  5. ^ "dacadoo Health Score". Deutsche Telekom und QUENTIQ starten mit neuer Maßeinheit für Fitness und Gesundheit. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Frost & Sulivan Award 2016 - silver". Frost & Sullivan Lauds dacadoo’s Wellness Analytics Solution for its Integrated Overview of User Health Based on the Metrics of Body, Lifestyle, and Emotions. 2016. 
  7. ^ "red herring global 2016 top100". dacadoo winner of the Red Herring Global Top 100 Award. 2016. 
  8. ^ "BeWell Challenges HITS Award by Merck". dacadoo winner of BeWell Challenges HITS Award by Merck. 2016. 
  10. ^ "EU SME eHealth Competition 2015 - silver". silver at the EU SME eHealth Competition 2015. 2015. Archived from the original on 21 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "Top 50 startups at TiECon 2015". Top 50 startups at TiECon 2015. 2015. 
  12. ^ "Finalist at the Digital Health Award of the Digital Innovation in Healthcare Conference of Munich Network". Finalist at the Digital Health Award of the Digital Innovation in Healthcare Conference of Munich Network. 2015. Archived from the original on 22 June 2015. 
  13. ^ "Best of Swiss Web Awards 2014 Bronze in Innovation". Best of Swiss Web Awards. 2014. 
  14. ^ "2014 Red Herring Europe Top 100 Winner". Red Herring Europe Top 100 Winner. 2014. 
  15. ^ "Best of Swiss App Awards 2014 Bronze in Lifestyle". Best of Swiss App Awards. 2014. 
  16. ^ "Swiss ICT Award 2013". Swiss ICT Award. 2013. 
  17. ^ "Health Media Award 2013". Health Media Award - category “journalism”. 2013. Archived from the original on 13 April 2014. 
  18. ^ "Swiss App Awards". Swiss App Awards. 28 February 2012. 
  19. ^ "Best of Swiss Web Awards Bronze Category". Best of Swiss Web Awards. 2012. Archived from the original on 20 August 2012. 
  20. ^ "Health Media Award 2012". S6. Juli 2012, Gewinner des 5. Health Media Award, Health:Angel - QUENTIQ Health Score Plattform. 8 July 2012. 
  21. ^ "Ab jetzt ist Quentiq online. Die Schweizer Masseinheit für Fitness und Gesundheit". Blick. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  22. ^ SonntagsBlick Nr. 44, 4 November 2012; "Die neue Vermessung des Menschen – Digi-Run. Quantified-Self" Text: Philippe Pfister Fotos: Thomas Stöckli*
  23. ^ "Der vermessene Anspruch". SonntagsZeitung. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  24. ^ "Eine App zeigt, wie gesund Sie wirklich sind". 20 Minuten. 24 November 2011. Retrieved 24 November 2011. 
  25. ^ "Self-Track-Pionier: Wir stehen erst am Anfang dieses Zeitalters". 20 Minuten. 14 April 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  26. ^ BILANZ Schweizer Wirtschaftsmagazin – 06.03.2015 “JETZT GEHTS LOS! Warum die digitale Revolution erst beginnt!”, Marc Kowalsky
  27. ^ "Marketing mit dem Namen des Universitätsspitals". NZZ am Sonntag. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  28. ^ NZZ am Sonntag, Gesellschaft – 29.06.2014 “Vermessung des Ichs”, Joel Bedetti
  29. ^ "Mir geht's heute 430". NZZ FOLIO DEZEMBER 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  30. ^ "Vingt-cinq start-up primées". Letemps.ch. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  31. ^ "Broadcast about Ohnemus focuses on fitness". Swiss television "cash TV". Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  32. ^ ""10vor10" SRF: Total self control". Swiss television SRF" 10vor10". Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  33. ^ ""Einstein" SRF: Einstein – Unterwegs: Der vermessen(d)e Mensch". Swiss television SRF Einstein. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  34. ^ "Quantified Self: Körperliche Buchführung". Schweizer Radio DRS 2. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  35. ^ "Nouvo: les applications liées à la santé". RTS Radio Télevision Suisse. Retrieved 28 January 2015. 
  36. ^ "Das Smartphone wacht über die Gesundheit". Die Welt. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  37. ^ "Digitale Vermessung des Ichs". internet world BUSINESS. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  38. ^ "Die Digitalisierung der Medizin: "Pay as you live" ein Leben lang". heise online. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  39. ^ Süddeutsche Zeitung, 13 October 2012; "Die Vermessung des Ichs" Text: Chistoph Behrens*
  40. ^ "The watch that wants to know all". Süddeutsche. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  41. ^ "Computerprogramme messen die Fitness". Computerprogramme messen die Fitness. 7 April 2014. 
  42. ^ "Meine App, Mein Körper und ich". Meine App, Mein Körper und ich. 13 March 2014. 
  43. ^ "dacadoo on German public TV Erstes Deutsches Fernsehen". Erstes Deutsches Fernsehen. Retrieved April 24, 2015. 
  44. ^ "QUENTIQ mit Erfolg und neuem Namen". startupticker. 26 February 2013. 
  45. ^ "Quentiq mit Relaunch, Biocartis erhält Geld, Outsourcing-Markt für Startups". startwerk. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  46. ^ "Aus Quentiq wird Dacadoo". ictk.ch. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  47. ^ "Staying On Top of your Health with dacadoo". newlyswissed. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  48. ^ "Gesundheit in Echtzeit erfassen". gruenderszene.de. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  49. ^ "1000 Punkte? Das schafft vielleicht Superman". netzwoche. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  50. ^ "dacadoo has been mentioned in a three-sided report in the taz". Die TagesZeitung. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  51. ^ "Wall Street Wellness Programs Are Being Used to Drive Sales". Bloomberg. Retrieved April 30, 2017. 
  52. ^ "Journal of mHealth Issue 2 Interview with Peter Ohnemus at dacadoo". Journal of mHealth. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  53. ^ "Economist Report: The challenge of speed – Healthcare" (PDF). The Economist. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 May 2014. Retrieved 1 Apr 2014. 
  54. ^ "McCann Health and dacadoo ag Form Global Strategic Partnership To Expand Mobile Health & Fitness Tracking System". Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on 8 May 2014. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  55. ^ "Samsung adds partners to its mHealth platform Samsung has named 23 partners to its Digital Health Platform". mHealthNews. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  56. ^ "dacadoo raises money from Samsung Ventures, several private investors". mhealthspot. Retrieved June 6, 2015. 
  57. ^ "Walgreen's Mobile Strategy Scores With Retail Customers". seekingalpha. Retrieved July 30, 2013. 
  58. ^ "Samsung's Tizen SDK for Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches is available". theinquirer. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  59. ^ "Samsung reveals 24 digital health partners including Aetna, Cigna, Humana, WellDoc". mobihealthnews. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  60. ^ "dacadoo and Loylogic Announce Global Strategic Partnership". finance yahoo. Retrieved May 4, 2017. 
  61. ^ "dacadoo and Loylogic announce global strategic partnership". Salus Digital. Retrieved May 4, 2017. 
  62. ^ "The Danish serial entrepreneur Peter Ohnemus". Dagbladet Børsen. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  63. ^ "Den globale entreprenørs Peter Ohnemus". Berlingske Tidende. Retrieved 24 April 2012. [permanent dead link]
  64. ^ ,"APP AJUDA A MANTER UMA VIDA SAUDÁVEL". Saber Viver. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  65. ^ "The watch that wants to know all". Süddeutsche. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  66. ^ "Aplicativo ajuda a melhorar a saúde e condicionamento físico em tempo real". Impressão Digital. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 

External links[edit]