Innovation challenge to tackle sector problems


An innovation event next month will seek to generate ideas to help tackle the biggest problems facing the social care sector.

The Care Innovation Challenge on February 17 and 18 will see teams from across the country come together at the Oomph! Wellness HQ in Wimbledon for a weekend ‘hackathon’ format used by organisations such as Google and Amazon.

Professor Martin Green OBE, CEO of Care England, said: “The future of care service will be dependent on the innovation and creativity that the sector shows in the coming years. If we are to have a sector that is truly fit for purpose in the 21st-centuary, we will need to embrace innovation and technology, and to think creatively about how we remain relevant and respond to the needs and aspirations of 21st-centuary citizens.”

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As well as taking on some of the sector’s biggest challenges, the event will seek to help transform the public perceptions of social care in order to attract more young people into the profession.

The event will include inspirational speakers such as Neil Eastwood (Author of Amazon’s best seller ‘Saving Social Care’), who will offer their wisdom and advice to teams, and an organising team who are all young adults, full of ideas, enthusiasm and passion who have been through the start-up journey and will be available to offer valuable advice and mentorship.

This includes Ben Allen (Oomph!), Alex Ramamurthy (Care Workers Charity), Ashish Goyal (BRAN Investments) and Ben Wilkins (Oomph! & Fluid Motion). Arrive Digital Marketing will provide marketing support and advice.

All teams will present to judges from the care sector on the Sunday afternoon. The top five teams will be supported with four intensive weeks of mentoring and funding to test and trial their project and newly forming business. They will return to Wimbledon on Saturday 17th of March to present their work and findings and given funding and pilot opportunities to carry them out.

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