While our WGPlus newsletter editorial team have been taking a summer break, Wired.gov staff have continued to monitor the reduced volume of press releases for reports, guidance notes, consultations, etc. published over the last couple of weeks. The results are published in this ‘holiday update’.
DH: Designed solutions are more cost effective than just throwing money at a problem - A national challenge that will fund teams to ‘develop new design-led ideas for products & services that make lives simpler, better & more enjoyable for those with dementia and their carers’ has been launched by The Design Council and the Department of Health. Closing date for entries is 30 September 2011 with final teams to be announced on the 14 November 2011.
Living well with dementia will offer 5 teams a share of £360,000 alongside professional support to develop working prototypes & business models over the next 5 months. The challenge is aiming to recruit teams with a variety of expertise, including designers, social entrepreneurs, businesses, service providers, support groups or individuals who may already have good ideas.
The Design Council has launched a social network for those interested, to access extensive research on dementia, meet others to form teams, and download the call for entries. ‘Living well with dementia’ follows similar national design challenges run by the Design Council to develop design-led solutions to social & healthcare issues (improving patient privacy & dignity, reducing health care associated infections in wards and a current project: Reducing violence and aggression in A&E by design).
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Forthcoming Event: Gartner Symposium/ITxpo | 7-10 November 2011 | CCIB (Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona) Spain - The World’s Most Important Gathering of CIO’s and Senior IT Executives - Now is the time for IT executives to question their assumptions and reimagine IT in a whole new way. Gartner Symposium/ITxpo delivers independent and objective content with the authority and weight of the world's leading IT research and advisory organization.
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