Maker Demo: Compact Cane

Saturday 22nd February 2020, 13:00

During Re-Wiring Wellness, Makerversity looks at ways to challenge tech’s social impact. This programme forms part of Somerset House‘s wider programme exploring themes surrounding wellness. It runs alongside Somerset House Studios’ Hyper Functional, Ultra Healthy programme. During 24/7‘s closing weekend Re-Wiring Wellness explores health tech’s challenges and solutions.

Maker Demo: Compact Cane

Saturday 22nd February, 1pm-1.40pm, River Rooms

Somerset House (New Wing Reception, Lancaster Place)


Nia Simpson is an inventor and product design engineer from London. In 2018, she graduated with a 1st-class Honours MEng in Mechanical Engineering with Advanced Design and Innovation from University of Bath. She is now the Founder of Compact Cane: a discreet, pocket-sized, electronic white cane for visually impaired people. It was born out of her final year university project and love for user-centred design and social good. She is passionate about improving the wellbeing of millions of visually impaired people globally.

Come find out more about Nia Simpson’s practice and Compact Cane, in the context of innovative smart health tech focusing on accessibility and social good.

Part of the Re-Wiring Wellness programme:

Mental Health & Tech Debate

Saturday 22nd February, 2pm-3.30pm, River Rooms

Somerset House (New Wing Reception, Lancaster Place)


Tech can often be seen as harmful to our mental well-being. How can we flip the script and use it to create new conversations – using tech to foster connections? Join our panel of speakers – working across mental health, digital tech, light design and immersive installations. We will discuss ways health tech can solve rather than cause issues around isolation, stress and lack of communication.

Sexual Tech & Health Debate

Saturday 22nd February, 4pm-5.30pm, River Rooms

Somerset House (New Wing Reception, Lancaster Place)


Sex and reproductive health affects all of us. Yet it is still often seen as taboo to educate ourselves on our own bodies and sex habits. How can health tech help break down assumptions? And how can we create more feminist and LGBTQI viewpoints via inclusive sex tech? Join our speakers exploring sexual health via innovative apps, smart vibrators and femtech. How can we push these ideas further – and challenge who can access this personal (care) data?

Queer Health Late

Saturday 22nd February, 6pm-8pm, River Rooms

River Rooms, New Wing, Somerset House, Lancaster Place entrance


The LGBTQI community faces specific challenges around healthcare and mental health. However, there is often a lack of access to basic information and needs. This is an evening to come discuss, educate and share resources together – by the community, for the community.

Mental Fitness Workout/Workshop

Sunday 23rd February, 2pm-3.30pm, Lancaster Rooms, New Wing, Somerset House, Lancaster Place entrance


Join George Taktak from Feeliom and How Mental to learn how to start taking care of your mental fitness! A chill Sunday session with a mix of solo and group exercises and tips you can take into your everyday life and the workplace. No meditation experience required, all welcome.

Re-Wiring Wellness Showcase

22-23 February 2020

G16, New Wing, Somerset House (Lancaster Place entrance)


A drop-in showcase of Makerversity members working around health tech, art and design. Come discover new projects, prototypes and radical responses around health, bodies and sex. Talk with Makerversity’s community, change your perspective – and bring your ideas! Featuring George Taktak (Feeliom), Shruti Grover (Hetco), Shilpa Sehdev, Mara Pezotta, Josh Armistead (Troglo), Shelley James, Nia Simpson (Compact Cane), Jas Matharu (Elara Care) and Niki Göransson (Studio Lära).

Saturday 22nd February 2020

River Rooms
New Wing
Somerset House
WC2R1LA London