Mobile's Unmentionables

A session at SXSW Interactive 2013

Saturday 9th March, 2013

5:00pm to 6:00pm (CST)

A 2011 Healthline study uncovered compelling information on internet health searches. Desktop searches covered popular health topics: cancer, weight loss, or sleep. Mobile searches were more private, often related to sexual or mental health: chlamydia, bipolar disorder, smoking cessation, and herpes. These topics are our society's unmentionables, and while people might turn to their friends or loved ones to face cancer or get help with weight loss, they are more likely to turn to their phones as their first and perhaps only confidant for these sensitive topics. Mobile health apps have done a great job of tackling fitness and weight loss. But the coupling of mobile to sexual health, mental health, and addiction seems to have eluded the tech community. The opportunity is there, but the innovation is lacking. This session will address what is being done and assess the potential of mobile to be more than a repository for personal secrets, instead to become a source of healing and purpose.

About the speakers

This person is speaking at this event.
Fred Muench

Founder, Mobile Health Interventions

This person is speaking at this event.
Jeremy Vanderlan

Mobile Lead, Technical Specialist, ICF International

3 attendees

  • duke jones
  • Fred Muench
  • Jeremy Vanderlan

2 trackers

  • Chris Davis
  • Simon Willison

Sign in to add slides, notes or videos to this session

Sign in to track this session

Tell your friends!


Time 5:00pm6:00pm CST

Date Sat 9th March 2013


Capitol View North, Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol

Session type

Core Conversation

Session Hash Tag


Short URL


View the schedule



See something wrong?

Report an issue with this session