At our first Humber Care Tech Challenge we had some truly incredible concepts on show.

John Mitchell – Chair of the Humber Local Digital Roadmap Board

This week’s blog comes from John Mitchell – Chair of the Humber Local Digital Roadmap Board and Associate Director of IT  for the four Humber CCGs.

Digital technology has the potential to support significant transformation in the way we deliver health and care services. To support the development of new and innovative solutions, the Humber community held its first Care Tech Challenge at the splendid Bridlington Spa on 5th and 6th of September this year. The purpose of the event was to invite teams from all sectors to solve real world care challenges with real world solutions using readily available technology.

13 teams entered covering health, social care, academic, private industry and citizen sectors. The teams were briefed to target their solutions around supporting citizens in their own homes, and the event proved to be a real hotspot of innovation. The event was fully supported from day one by Amazon, with on-site support/hardware  available for teams wishing to integrate with Alexa or Amazon cloud services, and subject matter experts available to support the teams.

The event was split into 2 separate days, with the first day being dedicated to concept and design and day two being assigned to development and building. We had some truly incredible concepts on show ranging from interactive fridge magnets with integrated telecare facilities to room description tools for the visually impaired: some of the ideas on show were identified as being truly market leading.    

The winning team, a partnership between the University of Hull Computer Science Society (Hull CSS) and City Healthcare Partnership (CHCP), produced a stunning Smart Care Home System with Alexa integration allowing a resident to interact with the home through a spoken interface.

The two days were received very well,  and with a live stream of the awards ceremony (with appropriate smoke, music, mirrors and pyrotechnics in place) being watched by over 100 people online we clearly made an impact.

John Mitchell – Chair of the Humber Local Digital Roadmap Board



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