Cambridge meetup - Tech For Good and mental health

14th December 2015 Posted by: Cassie

Last week we hosted the second Tech For Cambridge meetup. It’s great to see that we already have 210 members in the group even though it’s only a few months old. Still a long way to go to catch up with our London inspiration which now has an astonishing 3000 members. 

The theme of this meetup was mental health and #techforgood and we had three speakers.

John Harper is the Founder of Rize. The idea for Rize came in 2012 when John was suffering from moderate depression. Through doing his own research, trying out different approaches and talking to other people about his experience he realised that not one size fits all – some people may be suffering from stress, others a trauma in their lives, others simply wanting to feel the best that they can. This is where the inspiration for Rize came from. John has designed a tool that brings together all the best content he’s found, with support from mental health professionals and other related institutions. 

Ana Burman is the Founder of Rhea. Rhea is a mobile health company focused on improving the way women access health support and information. Users can exchange messages with health professionals and supporters in a secure, safe and private space. 

Our third speaker was Barnaby Perks from ieso Digital Health. Ieso Digital Health provides evidence-based mental health therapy online. The discreet one-to-one therapy is delivered in real time using written (typed) conversation, with patients meeting an accredited therapist in a secure virtual therapy room.

Each speaker talked for 7 minutes about their experience following the questions below.

  • What your company is/does 
  • If technology is the answer, what is the question? - What is the problem or questions that your tech is trying to address?
  • How is it currently being used?
  • What have you learnt?
  • What kind of long term impact do you want to make? (what difference do you hope this will make to people’s lives?)

We then went on to have a discussion with questions from the audience and also looked at the questions below.

What are the opportunities for technology to be applied to mental health that haven’t been explored yet?

What can be the unintended consequences of technology in this area?

What are the challenges in terms of digital culture/literacy and the NHS as commissioners?

 

A full recording of the discussion can be downloaded on MP3 from this blog post. 

If you aren’t able to join us for the meetups we film the talks live on https://www.periscope.tv/techforgoodtv

Our next meetup in Cambridge will be on 4th February 2016 and you can sign up here. 

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