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Can the tech community help to prevent the Dementia crisis?

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Agenda: (Last updated 19th May 2013). All talks include 15 mins for Q&A.

6.30pm - Registration & Networking

7pm - Introduction & message from our Sponsor (O2 Health/Telefonica)

7.10pm - Dementia from the patient's perspective, an overview of Dementia as a disease, and ideas for where the tech community could help, Sarah Reed,

Twitter: @SarahReed_MHR

7.50pm - Break (30 mins)

8.20pm - Startup showcase. 3 minute demos from leading UK startups that have developed innovative technology for Dementia.

HomeTouch - a socialisation tool for Mild Cognitive Impairment, Dr Jamie Wilson Twitter: @drjamiewilson

Narrato - powers lifelogging apps and devices that work together to help us improve our lives, Tony Million

ei Technologies - enable smartphones to recognise the emotion of consumers through their voice, Matt Dobson

Mindings: TeleCare from Social Connection, Stuart Arnott

8.50pm - Closing comments

9pm - Off to a nearby pub to continue the conversations

Speaker biographies can be found at the end of this page.

The recent study showing that Dementia and Alzheimer's are now the 10th leading cause of death in the UK prompted Health 2.0 London to decide to host an event on this important topic.

The big question we want to ask is how can the tech community develop cost effective innovations in the UK that could help to prevent the crisis in Dementia that is forecast to hit this country in the decades to come?

It's not just about developing solutions that will help the patients themselves, but also their families, carers, and the health and social care organisations that are faced with a decade of operating under 'Austerity' measures.

Another reason for holding it on May 22nd 2013, is that it will occur during Dementia Awareness Week (May 20-25th 2013).

Speakers and venue to be confirmed. If you have any suggestions or wish to sponsor the event, please get in touch.

Study results:

Dementia Awareness Week:

Speaker Biographies:

Jamie Wilson is a former NHS dementia physician and founder of HomeTouch, an award winning software-as-a-service that enables families and care providers to manage the care of older people in their own homes. HomeTouch’s purpose is twofold: firstly, to enable older people to become less isolated, more active and less dependent, and secondly to provide families/care providers with a set of productivity, monitoring and communication tools to support care anytime/anywhere. Jamie's previous roles include the BMJ Group, Novartis and a neurotech start up in Silicon Valley. Jamie has a medical degree from Leeds University Medical School, is Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and has an MBA from London Business School and UC Berkeley @drjamiewilson @myhometouch

Matt Dobson

I'm a passionate believer that people want to do more to improve the health of themselves and their families. And that technology can do this by removing complexity and mystique. I have worked in the retail, consumer goods, pharmaceutical and consumer electronics market, introducing new technologies to disrupt the status quo. I co-founded ei Technologies to enable smartphones to recognise the emotion of consumers through their voice.

Sarah Reed

As a result of her mother’s ten year experience of dementia, in 2007, Sarah left an award-winning design career to established social enterprise Many Happy Returns, to innovate, research and develop evidence-based products that help improve connection and communication between the generations – especially those living with dementia. Chatterbox 1940s and 1950s memory trigger cards were the first products, which help people to connect through enjoyable and meaningful conversation. A number of other products are in development.
Her goal is to change the experience of dementia for those who have it by persuading care organisations and carers everywhere that good care counts for nothing without good communication – and then help them to deliver it.

Stuart Arnott

Stuart is a multi-award-winning multimedia producer, with eighteen years experience working across the spectrum of marketing and multimedia communication: producing everything from BBC Science documentaries, television commercials, pop promos and corporate videos, through to DVD production, website creation and social media engagement projects.
As well as working for BBC Science, Stuart’s clients have included Arcadia, AstraZeneca, BAe, British Heart Foundation, Cisco, Intellectual Property Office, Levi’s, Novartis, Panasonic, Pfizer and Yahoo!
Three years ago Stuart created "Mindings" as a personal project to enable him to share pictures and messages with his house-bound, technology-shy father. It went on to win several awards and is currently undergoing a clinical trial across the East of England.