Smart D8 has just announced a new call for pilot projects to match tech solutions with local health and wellbeing challenges.
Part of the Smart Dublin, Smart D8 was established to provide opportunities for indigenous and international innovators to apply smart technology and innovative approaches to improve health and wellbeing in an urban population.
The initial work of Smart D8 focused on significant community research to measure unmet population health and wellness needs. Following on from this research, a number of pilot projects were actioned to directly respond to this community feedback. These included Heart of Our City which aimed at improving awareness around and management of cardiovascular disease in the community, Civic Dollars which enabled people to earn digital currency through spending time in local parks, and Ways To Wellbeing which boosted the wellbeing and mental health of elderly people by giving them the chance to connect with young people in their community in a meaningful way.
Smart D8 is now seeking applications for a new round of pilot projects focused on three themes – Population Health, Positive and Healthy Ageing, and Connected Patients in the Community.
Speaking at the launch of the pilot call, Jack Lehane, the Ecosystem Manager of Smart D8 said “Community outreach has been at the heart of Smart D8 since its inception. This new call provides a great opportunity to expand this forward-looking approach to healthcare innovation. By providing access to communities and local infrastructures, we will provide a platform for innovation to thrive and taking a health and wellness approach will help reduce the number of people who get sick in the first place.”
The latest call for pilots come with a €50,000 fund available to test innovations over a 6 month period. The programme will match innovators with partners in the Smart D8 consortium, which includes Smart Dublin, Dublin City Council, The Digital Hub and St. James’s Hospital, who are lead partners. They are joined by Tyndall National Institute, St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, Trinity Research & Innovation, Trinity Translational Medicine Institute, National College of Art & Design, Guinness Enterprise Centre, Health Innovation Hub Ireland and the HSE.
“The Smart D8 partnership is a unique collaboration that cuts across 12 public, private and academic partners who are backing these pilot calls with access to funding, expertise, know- how and wider organisational supports. Dublin City Council through our Smart Dublin initiative are excited to be supporting this pilot call which has such potential to bring innovative ideas and solutions to the Dublin 8 area.” – Jamie Cudden of Smart Dublin.
More details on Smart D8 and the funding call at www.smartdublin.ie.