Latest Smart D8 Pilots and Showcase

Smart D8 brings together technology providers, enterprise, academia and citizens to transform healthcare and enhance quality of life in Dublin 8


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Smart D8, the smart city district focused on healthcare and community wellbeing in Dublin 8, announced funding for four new pilot projects earlier this year, designed to testbed innovative tech-based solutions to health challenges. The first three of these pilot projects are now live.

Menopause and the City
Led by Dr. Louise Fitzgerald of Grafton Medical, this pilot is seeking to create a better educational ecosystem around menopause health for both individuals as well as families and friends.

After identifying barriers to information access around menopause care, Louise’s pilot aims to provide evidence-based resources for social prescribing (the idea that health outcomes can be improved by tackling loneliness, social isolation or even lifestyle) as well as medical support. Enabling the first city-wide approach to positive menopause education, knowledge can be accessed through in-person community workshops and open-source resources for all.

This will be launched alongside a free Menopause information event on 16th October in The Digital Hub, Dublin 8 ahead of World Menopause Day.

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Led by Conor Motyer, Brace is a community-based recovery app which seeks to assist patients who are undergoing physical rehabilitation.

With an added focus on the mental wellness aspect of rehabilitation, Brace uses exercise tracking, gamification and community support to improve both recovery engagement and mental health outcomes. With rehabilitation program completion rates as low as 50%, Brace is aiming to solve rehabilitation engagement by empowering the individual.

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MoveAhead is led by Jamie McGann and Johann Issartel, and is the world’s first motion tracking and movement analytics platform built specifically for children.

With a movement crisis in childhood brought on by increasingly digital ‘play’ habits in the modern age, poor movement skills in childhood cause children to avoid physical activity and sports participation which has serious health consequences – both now and in the future.

MoveAhead combines 15 years of research on children’s movement skills, and gamification through State of the art computer vision techniques uniquely applied to children, to provide objective measurement on physical activity and development while also supporting improvement in physical skills.

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Smart D8 is also showcasing its work at a public event on Thursday 26th October as part of National Public Sector Transformation Week 2023.

The Smart D8 Showcase is an in-person opportunity to hear more about Smart D8’s innovative pilot projects in the area of health and wellbeing under themes such as population health, heart health, exercise and mental wellbeing. The showcase will give attendees an opportunity to observe the collaboration from across 12 different organisations as part of the Smart D8 consortium, experience the innovation happening through presentations and panel discussions from the Smart D8 pilot representatives, and meet the Smart D8 network and explore the potential of future collaborations.

Councillor Daithí de Róiste, Lord Mayor of Dublin, will open the event with an address. This will be followed by key speakers from the Smart D8 Programme, and meaningful networking opportunities.

The venue is The GEC Guinness Enterprise Centre at Taylor’s Lane. Booking details at:


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