After a week off, we continued our summer events programme last week with our third Feeder Event, aiming to put healthy, resilient communities at the heart of our economic recovery from Covid-19.
Over the course of three days, participants were set with the challenge to find solutions which improve people’s health in body and mind, tackle health inequalities and provide long-term health security.
As keynote speaker Jo Bibby from the Health Foundation said, “Improving people’s health is as much about improving their circumstances as anything else.” With those living in the most deprived areas of England have the lowest life expectancy, how can we create a truly diverse inclusive society where everybody can thrive?
Further keynotes came from the Centre for Ageing Better’s Alison Giles and Scope’s Executive Director of Strategy and Social Change, James Taylor, who spoke about how disabled people were being disproportionately affected by social changes relating to Covid-19.
Dr Chris Carter led group sessions on the Ingenuity Process, as participants began to identify their chosen solutions and firm up their business pitches.
First place was awarded to a multidisciplinary team made up of a University of Nottingham student and graduates from Cardiff University and Birmingham City University. Simeon Lee (Liberal Arts, Nottingham), Dina Elzain (Biomedical Sciences, Cardiff) and Tharuka Widanage (Mechanical Engineering, BCU) were awarded the top prize of £3,000 for their idea based on improving the wellbeing of BAME communities, which are at a disproportionately higher risk of obesity and associated disorders than the rest of the British population.
“It was great fun and really interesting from beginning to end. The team all having slightly different backgrounds and degrees proved useful, plus Simeon had done a related Ingenuity module at Nottingham so we were familiar with the process”, the team said after. “Pitching is always nerve wracking! However, we prepared lots prior to our slot and it paid off!”
Second prize was awarded to Ben Keeble, a Physics student and Witty Entrepreneurial Scholar at the University of Nottingham. Ben was awarded £2,000 to help fund a prototype for his portable seat raiser, aimed at helping elderly people who find it hard to get out of chairs.
“This event was what I needed at this difficult time”, said Ben. “It helped me understand the issues faced by people on a daily basis who have health problems, and it was great to make friends with people who share my passion for solving business problems. I would like to thank all the organizers for putting on such a successful event in a new and innovative way during this difficult time!”
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