Wanted: Top, New Balance Rewards Integrations. Connect with Walgreens to receive Balance Rewards points for healthy activities.

Welcome to the Walgreens Balance® Rewards App Challenge!

The Walgreens Balance® Rewards API enables third party apps to connect with Walgreens to share individual health and wellness information which can be eligible to receive Balance Rewards points for healthy activities such as walking, running, and weight management. 

We are excited to be offering $13,000 in total prizes across three prize categories and would like to thank the folks at the Henry Ford Health System for their participation in this contest.

To help you get quickly started on your integration submission, we are including helpful API documentation and code samples below. You can also reach out to our team directly via the Discussions tab.

Documentation and Code Samples:

We will be adding more and more samples as the contest goes on, so please check back here often to get the latest & greatest info:

Steps to Starting Your Integration:

  1. Please Request an API key by sending an email to our team.
  2. Once have your received back your approved API key, your team will be invited to a dedicated Basecamp project to help facilitate communication between your team and the Walgreens API team.
  3. As you are thinking about your integration, we will need to setup a unique redirect_uri from your integration to our test environment which will also be a part of your API request. For more information about redirect_uri utilization and all sorts of other Balance Rewards API nuggets, check out our documentation.

Ideas & Suggestions:

The Balance Rewards API currently offers the ability for your application customers to send data & receive Walgreens points for the following health and fitness activities.

  • Activities - Total Steps, Walking, Running, Biking/Cycling, Sleep (no points awarded)
  • Measurements - Weight, Blood Pressure, Blood Glucose, Blood Oxygen Ratio

These activity data types can either be tracked directly within your app or associated device, accessed from a common repository such as Apple HealthKit, or via an integrated API like FitBit, Misfit or RunKeeper.

If you have need to reach us directly, please drop an email to apipromotions@walgreens.com.

Be Well, 
The Walgreens API Team

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Eligibility

Judging and Eligibility:

Judging will be made by the listed challenge judges and will be judged on successful API integration as well as the overall quality of the idea, impact and implementation of the respective Application. 

This contest is open to any individual or entity developer. The Application must be submitted to, or publicly available in, the USA version of an app store (e.g. Apple App Store, Google Play) or at an accessible web domain by the end of the contest submission deadline (11:59 PM CST on Sunday November 30, 2014) to be considered for Prize. Successful integration of the API must be part of the app to be considered for Prize, however the app must not have been previously integrated with the Walgreens Balance Rewards API. Individual Developers must be the age of 13 or over to participate in the Contest. For Developers under the age of 18, Contest Winner must have their parent or guardian sign a release and indemnification for any application submitted to win a Prize. Failure to sign the required release and indemnification will result in that Application being disqualified and another Application chosen as the Winner.

Requirements

The Application must be submitted to, or publicly available in, the USA version of an app store (e.g. Apple App Store, Google Play) or at an accessible web domain by the end of the contest submission deadline (11:59 PM CST on Sunday November 30, 2014) to be considered for Prize. Successful integration of the API must be part of the app to be considered for Prize, however the app must not have been previously integrated with the Walgreens Balance Rewards API.

All contest entry submissions must be made through the ChallengePost contest page at http://walgreens.challengepost.com

How to enter

Steps to Starting Your Integration:

  1. Please Request an API key by sending an email to our team.
  2. Once have your received back your approved API key, your team will be invited to a dedicated Basecamp project to help facilitate communication between your team and the Walgreens API team.
  3. As you are thinking about your integration, we will need to setup a unique redirect_uri from your integration to our test environment which will also be a part of your API request. For more information about redirect_uri utilization and all sorts of other Balance Rewards API nuggets, check out our documentation.

Judges

Dr. Harry Leider

Dr. Harry Leider
Chief Medical Officer, Walgreens

Bradley Fluegel

Bradley Fluegel
SVP, Chief Strategy & Business Development Officer, Walgreens

Joel Keiper

Joel Keiper
VP, Strategy & Development, Henry Ford Health System

Adam Pellegrini

Adam Pellegrini
VP, Digital Health, Walgreens

Tim McCauley

Tim McCauley
Sr. Director of Consumer Mobile, Walgreens

Joe Rago

Joe Rago
Sr. Product Manager, Walgreens

Judging Criteria

  • Idea
    Based on the level of creativity, quality and originality of the application & integration idea
  • Impact (for Walgreens Prize)
    Based on the extent to which the app helps individuals lead a happy & healthy life.
  • Impact (for Henry Ford prize)
    Based on the extent to which the app helps improve patient outcomes, avoid re-admissions, and make disease management easier & less expensive.
  • Implementation
    Based on how well the integration idea was executed & implemented by the developer and the successful integration of the Walgreens Balance Rewards API.