Dementia is one of the major societal health challenges facing the UK. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, there are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK who are supported by 670,000 carers.

The development of digital technology that can support people with dementia, or their carers, has been an area of interest for both the tech industry and researchers alike for quite some time. However we believe new understandings of how to take a more critical approach to this design space offers new opportunities; in particular we want to bring together people interested in how experience centred, value-sensitive, speculative, and adversarial design approaches might yield breakthroughs in this area. We are keen to address issues of both solutionism and technological determinism and to generate ideas that are sensitive to issues such as designing for vulnerable people, stigmatism and inclusion.

During the event, the themes and activities that we explored included: social communication; activities of reminiscence; personal care (e.g. hygiene and getting dressed); food preparation; monitoring and safe walking; and many more.

Funding & Sponsors

This event is funded as part of the EPSRC – NIHR HTC Partnership Award: Social Computing And Mental Health Research Network

The event is sponsored by the following organisations:
Social Computing Research Centre (Lincoln University)
Digital Interaction Group (Newcastle University)
MindTech Healthcare Technology Cooperative (NIHR)
Dementia Care (Charity organisation)


Event Organisers

Tom Bartindale, Newcastle University
Rachel Clarke, Newcastle University
Andy Garbett, Newcastle University
Shaun Lawson, University of Lincoln
Patrick Olivier, Newcastle University
John Shearer, University of Lincoln
Anja Thieme, Newcastle University
Alexandra Schubert, Newcastle University