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Welsh Social Care Hack

Stage Two Pitching Event


Online event

June 8, 2022


About this event

We are delighted to launch the first-ever Welsh Social Care Hack, bringing the sector together to solve challenges faced by colleagues across social care, academia and industry by providing funding to develop innovative solutions. 

Participants will gain access to innovation experts who will offer advice on how to take proposed solutions forward, as well as having the chance to secure up to £20,000 of funding from the Welsh Government innovation project pot of up to £250,000.

The Welsh Social Care Hack will stimulate and support innovation to create systems, process, practices and methods fit for the future supported by technology. It offers a great opportunity for Social Care staff, universities, and industry to collaborate and network to develop early-stage ideas that might solve operational social care challenges proposed by real practitioners and care workers. 

We are looking for challenges from colleagues working in the sector that are focused on tackling some of the main issues that have faced Social Care over the years, including dementia, independent living, care delivery and other key areas. 

To find out more about the event and get involved, click here to head to the SimplyDo platform. You can register for the Stage Two event on Wednesday, June 8th, here!

A summary of some of the challenges submitted so far can be found below:

  1. Facial Recognition & Machine Learning To Ensure Quality Of Care In Homes. 
    Challenge overview: “Carehome residents, deviating from “normal behaviour” can be a key indicator that something is wrong with the Resident, and a follow up may be required. Through the use of facial recognition and machine learning we could learn residents “normal” behaviour and raise a flag when they deviate from it.”
  2. Digital Memory Box for Care Experienced Young People.
    Challenge Overview: “Young people in care are some of the most vulnerable people in our society. They often have suffered traumatic events and have had a range of different people involved in their lives, as well as experiencing many placement moves. Memories are very important. They help young people to gain an understanding of traumatic events as well as celebrate the positive things in their lives. The use of technology and funding will help to develop a digital platform that would store these items in a safe accessible way.”
  3. Sputum assessment app.
    Challenge Overview: “COPD patients are often given ‘rescue packs’ which include antibiotics and steroids for use when they have exacerbations caused by viruses or bacteria. However, there is no established way to identify if the cause of the exacerbation was due to a viral or bacterial infection. One way of recognising that the flare-up is caused by bacteria, could be to look at the colour of sputum (phlegm) patients produce, and use a smartphone camera to identify if the colour indicates an infection or not. If the colour falls within the infection spectrum then the app would advise the patient to take an antibiotic.”
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Tom Burke

Digital Innovation Manager

Tom used to work at the KFC in his hometown of Colwyn Bay before it mysteriously burned down. He then spent several years “on the lam” in East Germany, where he worked as an animator in Berlin. When the wall fell, Tom came home.

He enjoys climbing and hates ice-skating.