Transform the Way People Live With Dementia

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    Monday05Feb 2018

    Guest blog: Benjamin Mann, Senior Strategy Advisor at Essex County Council outlines their Challenge Dementia Prize and upcoming Twilight Networking Event

I’ve just finished up a meeting here at Essex County Council with the rest of the team responsible for delivering the Challenge Dementia Prize. We have been planning for a Twilight Networking Event being hosted by techUK in London on the 21st February.

Challenge Dementia is a national search for products, technologies and services that could transform the way people live with Dementia across the UK. The second in an ambitious series of Challenge Prizes, Challenge Dementia is a perfect example of Local Authority thinking differently and moving away from traditional procurement where we dictate what solutions should look like. Instead the Challenge Prize process enables the challenges we face to be shared with an almost limitless audience of innovators, in the hope that we can inspire creative and sustainable solutions.

Make a lasting impact

Challenge Dementia is about engaging the ‘unusual suspects’. Looking beyond the health and social care sector for entrants from individuals, groups, organisations and businesses from architecture and construction, tech and engineering, art and design, wherever there is an opportunity to look at the issue through a different lens and the possibility to disrupt the status quo.

We are working in partnership with a range of sector leading experts including Alzheimer’s Society, PA Consulting, techUK and University of Essex, all of whom will provide finalists with up to six months of tailored advice and support as they develop, test and iterate their ideas from an initial concept through to a fully-fledged business case submitted with the chance of securing a £100,000 prize.

Twilight Networking Event - 21 February

Challenge Dementia launched to entries on the 19th January 2018 and the event on the 21st February in London is the first opportunity for interested parties to find out more about the unique ecosystem of support on offer to finalists which includes a £5,000 micro-grant to support testing and development costs. The evening is also an opportunity for entrants to find out more about the expectations of the judges who will make all of the decisions with help from a panel of Essex residents living with Dementia. Although it will be an informal evening with beer and pizza we are hoping that the calibre of the experts available on the night will ignite the creativity and passion, turning interest into entries.

We are very excited and genuinely hopefully that innovation on the part of ECC will bring innovation to the way people live with Dementia.


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