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Join the Walking Challenge at AAO 2018 in Chicago, Oct. 27-29! 
Participate in some friendly competition amongst your peers as you work your way up the leaderboard and try to exceed the Challenge Step Goals to win prizes!

The Walking Challenge will start on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 7 a.m. CT and end on Monday, Oct. 29 at midnight. Participants can track their steps using their own personal Fitbit, Apple Watch, Garmin, or the step trackers integrated on their iPhone/Android smartphone via Apple Health or Google Fit. (i)


1) Download the Heka Walk Challenge app:

  • Click here to download the app from the Apple App Store

  • Click here to download the app from the Google Play Store


2) Complete the in-app registration and pairing process:

  • Launch the Challenge app and select "AAO"  from the list of Walking Challenges

  • Complete the registration page

  • Pair your supported step tracker (see the Challenge FAQ Webpage for details)


3) Start Walking!

  • To sync your step data to the app, select "Tap to sync steps" at the top of the dashboard.   

  • Note that your steps will only count from the time you first pair your step tracker. 

  • Please sync your step data at least one time a day as some data sources will not provide step data that is over 24 hours old


Participants who achieve the daily goal of 15,000 steps or more are entered each day into a raffle for a $25 Starbucks gift card. 

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Locate the 5 QR code signs placed throughout the Convention Center. Using the Walking Challenge app, scan each sign once per day to receive bonus steps - up to a total of 2,500 steps per day - that will be added to your daily Walking Challenge total. (ii)


All participants that are on the final cumulative leaderboard (the TOP 25 steppers) at the end of the Walking Challenge will be entered into the Grand Prize raffle for one of the three following prizes:

  • AAO 2018 Meetings on Demand product

  • Registration for the 2019 Subspecialty Day meeting of your choice​

  • Grand Prize:  4-night hotel room stay in San Francisco for AAO 2019

Winners of the Walking Challenge prizes will be announced via social media, the Walking Challenge in-app messages, and the Walking Challenge daily email update at 10 a.m. CT each day.  Winners can pick up their prizes at the the Academy Resource Center, Booth 508 at the Meeting Information kiosk.

If you have any questions, email us at

(i) The Walking Challenge app requires iOS 9.0 and above on the following devices:  iPhone 4S and above, iPad Air, Mini, and 3rd & 4th generation iPads. Android requirements: Android 4.5 and above that have not been customized by the phone-tablet manufacturer.

(ii) To scan QR codes:

  1. Open the 'AAO Walking Challenge' app

  2. Press the                   button located on the Walking Challenge dashboard in the app

  3. Select 'Capture QR Code' (you will need to allow the app access to your device's camera) 

  4. Align the app viewer with the QR Code and the code will automatically be detected and confirmed

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