Create-4-Dementiac4d poster, the first public event of the EPSRC - NIHR HTC Partnership Award: Social Computing And Mental Health Research Network (led by University of Lincoln School of Computer Science and Newcastle University School of Computing Science in collaboration with NIHR MindTech Healthcare Technology Co-operative at Nottingham) will take place over the weekend of 30th-31st of May 2015.

All those working in digital design and/or healthcare are invited to register for the event, with the two-day hackathon culminating in the creation of digital prototypes. Teams will compete for juried prizes in the value of £1,000 and can apply for additional research funding of up to £10,000. The idea is to explore the digital design space around dementia and dementia care and to "motivate critical, even subversive, provocative designs". Full details of the event including team registration can be found at

Prof. Shaun Lawson, leader of the Social Computing and Mental Health Research network at Lincoln said, "The design of technology to address issues around dementia has received a lot of attention but it remains a very difficult and sensitive area. At this event we want to draw in people with any and all relevant skillsets so that everyone's voice is heard – in particular we want to see if we can rethink entire aspects of the approach to designing for dementia."

Dr. Michael Craven, Senior Research Fellow with MindTech and the University of Nottingham Faculty of Engineering, and member of the Centre for Dementia said, "this is a great opportunity for engineers and software designers to engage with unmet needs in dementia and begin to formulate technology solutions".

On the more general theme of Human-computer interaction, the new HTC network held a panel event at the British Computer Society HCI 2014 conference last September in Southport: "How can the HCI research community have an impact on the challenge of mental health?"

MindTech contact: Michael.Craven [@]

More information: (visit this link for registration and the preliminary programme for the two days. Venue is the Great North Museum: Hancock, which is right in the heart of Newcastle). Deadline for entry is 14th May, 2015.