MEET THE 2014 FINALISTS
The Impact Hub Fellowship for Longer Lives has passed through its initial phase here in London with a jury pitch day last week. Seven finalists spent the day pitching to a jam packed specialist jury panel made up; of Ilona Haslewood from Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Yves Masson from AXA Direct and Partnerships, Alison Mclean from Swiss Re Foundation, Peter Tyson from Impact Hub King's Cross, Dermot Egan from Tilt, Valerie Stevens from Help Age International and David Metz from UCL.
It was an exciting day of pitches, presentations and interviews topped off by an evening reception awarding the three finalists a place in the acceleration cohort.
We'd like to congratulate: Silversharers, Speakset and See What I Mean for making it through.
While all the semi-finalists shone last week these three were chosen to be supported over a 3 month period, through a monthly stipend, business support, full time membership at Impact Hub King's Cross and access to network from all three partners running the programme.
Connecting senior explorers
Silversharers' mission is to connect, mobilize, empower and enrich senior citizens, by creating a community platform for mutually rewarding “home-stay” visits and vacations, with the potential to enhance the quality of life for many of our seniors.
Reducing isolation for older people
SpeakSet is a product that converts an older person's TV into an easy to use video calling device. It makes video calling accessible by using a clear interface and being controlled by a really simple remote control. SpeakSet solves the problem of isolation in old age.
Ewan Marshall, Adi Kasliwell and Matt Simmons
See What I Mean
Journey anywhere not just in to the past
The See What I Mean (SWiM) App is a new and innovative solution to communication and engagement problems for people living with dementia. Losing the ability to communicate is one of the most frustrating and difficult problems for people with dementia, their families and carers. Communication is challenging because words can become hard to understand whereas images often retain their meaning.
Ilyanna Kerr and Peter Rogers
MEET THE WINNERS
An innovative new service to help older people video call doctors, family and friends wins the first Impact Hub Longer Lives challenge.
The Impact Hub Fellowship for Longer Lives is a global start-up challenge for innovation that impacts the lives of our Ageing population. Following a three month acceleration programme finalists Speakset, made up of Adi Kasliwal, Ewan Marshall and Matthew Simmonds were chosen by peers for their new video calling tool.
The video calling tool allows users to use their existing devices like their television to make secure calls to their loved ones and even GPs for health consultations. Using age-inclusive design to make calling and getting set up simple for the non-digital generation, Speakset’s pilot phase has been a great success.
The Speakset founders developed their service because they saw personally what a huge problem isolation was for their older relations. Determined to understand the scale of the challenge on older peoples lives they immersed themselves interviewing hundreds of people.
“We went out to understand older people’s lives, problems and aspirations and this allowed us to build a product that they want to use and love to use. We use these same techniques to iterate the product for everyone involved.” – Ewan Marshall, Speakset
SpeakSet is now being used in care homes and private homes all over the country, connecting older people to their healthcare services as well as their wider support network. Older people often have difficulty easily accessing healthcare and SpeakSet want to make it as simple talk to your doctor as it is to turn on your TV.
"I live alone, I'm severely disabled, I don't have any family after my wife passed away, and it can get very lonely…Speakset has improved my quality of life because I spent a lot of time stuck on my own without anyone to see or speak to. I would like to see more people using it.” – John Maynard, Speakset User