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Digital Innovation and Mental Health

We are not the only innovative digital health event happening this year. For those of you interested in mental health, you may want to check out Mind Tech: an Unconference this Friday, 30th March 2012, if you can get to South London for the day.

Who is behind this event?

This is happening thanks to the kind support of The Young Foundation and the NECLES HIEC (North East London, Central London and Essex Health Innovation and Education Cluster), who are working with people from SI Camp (Social Innovation Camp), UCL Partners and Goldsmith’s.

I have previously blogged work done by Dan Mcquillan who is heavily involved with SI Camp and indeed is driving this project. He is a disrupter in the system (and I mean this as a compliment!) and a force for transformational change.

I was very excited when I received the invitation to attend this event, especially since Dan and I had been members of a planning team attempting to spark a mental health unconference a few years ago- perhaps we may yet get to work on an event together!

I’m personally sorry to not be able to attend the Unconference in person, because I feel sure that it will be a fantastic event and that some of the innovations coming out of it will be hugely exciting.

Register for Mind Tech: an Unconference

There is still time to register for this event!

People with lived experience of mental distress are particularly valued during this process, please follow this link and complete the questionnaire in order to be able to attend.

You may follow the Mind Tech blog here:

Please find email addresses of representatives of the London HIEC and Young Foundation here:


An exciting development that we would like to support is the plan to have an NHS Hackday in London on 26-27th of May 2012 @ University of London Union, Malet Street, WC1E 7HY

What is a Hackday?

Hackdays originated in the open source software movement as a technique to advance the development of open source code for benefit of us all, i.e. for the “Commons”.

These techniques have been adopted by other movements for the Commons, including ourselves at the Digital Health Conference and Hack, as we aim to improve the health commons.

The aim is to accomplish this through the development of disruptive innovation- ideas that are radical solutions to the issues we face in the NHS and in health and social care,

When is the NHS Hackday?

26-27th of May 2012

Please see this website for full details:

Where is the NHS Hackday?

University of London Union, Malet Street, WC1E 7HY

What are people saying about the NHS Hackday?

Using a fabulous Tweet aggregator developed by @Dean_Jenkins, I am able to survey recent Tweets and collate a record of them. I intend to do this on a weekly basis to aggregate Tweets for #NHSHackday and for #digihealthcon or #dhc12, and host the results here as a resource.

#NHSHackday Aggregate 04/03/2012

Involved …

@e3intel @carlplant @drcjar @tkelsey1 @HSJEditor @KarlFreeman @WoodcoteEwan @eamonnbreslin

Top resources …

Related tags …

#nhshackday #opendata

See Twitter for more tweets, people, videos and photos for #NHSHackday

@eamonnbreslin @drcjar friends on fb were praising your Nice app, cannae wait for #nhshackday (Sun, 26 Feb 2012 00:09:31 +0000)
@KarlFreeman I wonder if an NHS based @github Hubot would go down well… #NHSHackDay (Thu, 01 Mar 2012 10:31:18 +0000)
@WoodcoteEwan #nhshackday @drcjar Great example of how #opendata can be used in Health should interest @tkelsey1 (Thu, 01 Mar 2012 11:41:40 +0000)
@HSJEditor Calling all software dvlprs, clinicians & others interested in creating ‘disruptive solutions’ via @drcjar #NHShackday (Thu, 01 Mar 2012 18:05:13 +0000)
@tkelsey1 RT @WoodcoteEwan : #nhshackday @drcjar Great example of how #opendata can be used in Health should interest @tkelsey1 (Thu, 01 Mar 2012 18:30:28 +0000)
@carlplant Here are a few NHS data sources for #NHShackday via @delicious (Sat, 03 Mar 2012 14:39:31 +0000)
@drcjar RT @carlplant : Here are a few NHS data sources for #NHShackday via @delicious (Sat, 03 Mar 2012 16:14:27 +0000)
@e3intel RT @carlplant : Here are a few NHS data sources for #NHShackday via @delicious (Sat, 03 Mar 2012 16:26:00 +0000)
@e3intel . @carlplant @drcjar More NHS data sources compiled here with free learning module #NHShackday (Sat, 03 Mar 2012 16:31:00 +0000)

I would suggest that all of the people involved in this movement would be excellent choices to follow on Twitter. If you use a Tweet aggregator such as Tweetdeck or Hootsuite, you could run a search under the #NHSHackday to pick up on every development as it happens.

If this idea interests you, during the weekend of the #NHSHackday, there may be opportunities to engage online if you cannot get there in person.