Claire Cutler, a member of Bournemouth University Dementia Institute said, “BUDI has a long history working with technology, and dementia is a massive issue in our culture at the moment, it is great to bring our understanding about dementia together with technology to develop something that could address real world problems.”The teams were given the opportunity to pitch their idea to a panel of experts, giving technical demonstrations to support their idea.  The pitches were assessed and awards were given in three categories, Best Pitch, Best Team Work and Best Product.  The winning team of ‘Best Product’ created a game to challenge the public perception of dementia and discussions are now taking place to see how this idea can be developed further into something for public use.

Zoe Leonard, CDE Research Events Co-ordinator said “The event has been a great success and there is much excitement around the outcomes.  It was a great cohort building exercise, whilst at the same time encouraging team building, communication, project management and presentation skills.  Not to mention the possible impact the ideas generated by the CDE Research Engineers, could have for those living with or dealing with dementia.

“We are all looking forward to seeing how these ideas can be developed and we hope to be able to run similar events in the future”.

For information about Bournemouth University Dementia Institute visit http://blogs.bournemouth.ac.uk/dementia-institute/.