MindTech helped judge the winning entries at the Create-4-Dementia two-day event over the weekend of 30th and 31st May in Newcastle. This was the first event from the Lincoln/Newcastle 'HTC Network' for Social Computing funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to promote collaborations with NIHR Healthcare Technology Co-operatives. The network was officially launched at the British HCI conference in Southport last year.
The hack event brought creativity through use of technology to bear on the theme of 'living well with dementia', to try out some ideas and provoke questions to be taken forward.
The overall winner by the 'Confabulators' team used Playstation Move Motion Controllers (which light up in any colour) to support group 'swaying' to music (inspired by care home experiences from Cork, Ireland).
Three other prizes were awarded to the sum of £250 each. The prize for Best Design, presented by MindTech's Dr. Michael Craven (who also spoke to the teams about Technology and Dementia on Day 1) and Dr. Jennifer Martin went to the team 'GIFT' (Giving Interactions From Today) who used a smartphone App, a Raspberry Pi computer and an everyday FM radio to produce a system to record and share audio recorded during care sessions.
Lots of other technology ideas were generated and implemented in around 36 hours over the weekend, by 7 teams and over 30 participants. The event took place at the Hancock 'Great North Museum'.