This editor has recently been overwhelmed by important dates near and far that readers needs to be aware of. Beginning with July, the first networking event for the Long Term Care Revolution SBRI National Challenge will take place in Birmingham on 21st July at the Menzies Hotel, Birmingham. Click here to register. The second networking event will take place on the 28th July at The Thistle Marble Arch. Register here
This SBRI competition aims to stimulate the development of innovative new products, services and systems that disrupt the institutional long-term care model, ensuring that UK businesses are well placed to take advantage of this growing market opportunity. A total of £4m is up for grabs so it really is a high priority competition. Click here to find out more and register.
Relevant deadlines are: registration 26 August 2015, applications 2 September 2015, contracts awarded 25 November 2015, projects commence 1 January 2016.
Registration for the GSMA Grand tour is now open. This is a truly unique and challenging cycle ride, with an attempt at evoking the spirit of a cultural Grand Tour. It is very much a cycle ride with a difference. Going from Brussels to Geneva in just 10 days, it is 1,500km long with more than 22,000 metres of ascent. However, it isn’t just a bike ride – it is also the opportunity to demonstrate how innovative solutions can help the challenges of managing diabetes. More details are here, and there is a video of Ian Hay, Head of Emerging Ecosystems at Orange Healthcare, presenting the scientific findings of the previous ride at the RSM’s 2015 Appday here.
Also open and available now are the videos from the recent Kings Fund’s Digital Health & Care Congress.
In September NVI Wales are running the first of two free-to-attend social media workshops targeted at beginners & intermediary level users. The first, entitled Understanding Social Media Workshop, is on 30th September 2015, 2.00pm – 3.30pm, at Swansea University (Data Science Building). Booking is here. Places are limited so pre-booking is essential. A light working buffet lunch will be provided on arrival.
The 2016 GSMA Mobile World Congress Call for Papers is now open – if you fancy speaking at this truly amazing event in February 2016, you need to submit your proposal by Friday 4th September for a chance to become a speaker. If the MWC is new to you, there’s a great introductory video here (scroll down a page).
The call for contributions for the Wellcome Image Awards 2016 is now open. The deadline is 9th September 2015; all submitted images will be considered for the Awards, to be held in March 2016. Wellcome Images is a leading image resource used by broadcasters, publishers and academics across the world. Contributors retain copyright, earn royalties and are fully acknowledged when their images are published or broadcast.
HANDI are organising another NHS Hack Day on the weekend of 12th & 13th September, in Manchester. HANDI says that “Seeing how well developers work when they get chance to work directly with users is inspiring. Realising how rarely they get this opportunity certainly suggests some reasons why NHS IT often falls short of where we would like it to be. Understanding the user need, pitched by a patient or relative, can be an important experience.” Register here.
Wave 1 of the NHS Innovation Challenge Prizes has been launched, comprising of two challenge areas:
- Cancer care (£100,000 supported by MSD) – To recognise and award initiatives that exemplify the modern patient pathway in cancer, by demonstrating clear delivery of the new Cancer Strategy and Five Year Forward View through New Models of Care.
- Acorn challenge (£50,000 supported by NHS England) – which seeks to recognise and reward small ideas that have the potential to make a big difference to patients.
Application is here. The deadline for applications is 14th September.
In October the second NVI Wales social media workshop, entitled Social Media for Business – Step by Step, will be on 7th October 2015, 9.00am – 3.30pm, again at Swansea University (Data Science Building). Booking here, other arrangements as the previous one.
In November the TSA’s annual International Technology Enabled Care conference is on 16th & 17th of that month, again at the Celtic Manor near Newport. Earlybird registration is here.
On 23rd November, the Royal Society of Medicine’s first ever conference on the Medical Benefits of Wearables takes place, with CPD points available. The following day, 24th November, the RSM has a companion event on the Caring Home. The shared registration page is here (each conference can be separately booked).
Hat tip to Prof Mike Short who kindly alerted me to a goodly number of the above events.