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Mental Health & Tech Debate

Saturday 22nd February 2020, 14:00 — 15:30

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.

Mental Health & Tech Debate

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

Somerset House (New Wing Reception, Lancaster Place)

£10

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.

With:

George Taktak is a social entrepreneur, writer and activist known for his work in mental health. George is the founder of How Mental, a community of over 100,000 mental health advocates collaborating to create a healthier planet. He is also the founder of Feeliom, an innovative mobile app empowering people to express emotions through technology and proactively care for mental wellbeing.

Shelley James is a glass artist and trained electrician with a doctorate from the Royal College of Art. She is Artist Associate at King’s College, London and Artist in Residence at the Bristol Eye Hospital alongside teaching and a thriving research-led creative practice. She is fascinated by the power of light to shape experience and passionate about the potential for new technologies to help us to live healthier and happier lives, especially as more and more of us live, work and grow old indoors.

Charlotte Crowther is a Complementary Health & Wellbeing Practitioner. In the last 5 years she has worked for health and wellbeing tech companies. She focuses on ways tech enables their engagement, delivery and improved outcomes. Charlotte is also Workplace Wellbeing & People Operations Lead at Medopad and Co-Chair of Engage for Success Wellbeing Thought & Action Group.

Helen Benarrosh is the co-founder and COO of Indream by Titan Reality. Indream is an adaptable multisentory environments whose aim is to improve wellbeing. This is acheived by replacing traditional audio-visual installations with high tech immersive systems.

Chaired by Makerversity Cultural Programme Producer Claire Mead. Claire works in cultural programming to explore the social power of art and design. She also works as in the cultural sector around issues relating to sexuality, gender, sexual health and mental wellbeing, especially as they relate to feminist and LGBTQIA+ issues.

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.

Re-Wiring Wellness – Other Events:

Sex Tech and Health Debate

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

Panel discussion

Somerset House (New Wing Reception, Lancaster Place)

£10

How can tech revolutionize how we view our bodies, sexuality and relationships? How can users be empowered to understand digital data surrounding sexual health? Join us to discuss sexual and reproductive health linked to tech and design!

Mental Fitness Workout/Workshop

Sunday 23rd February, 2pm-3.30pm

Workshop

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

£10

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)

Free

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).

When
Saturday 22nd February 2020
14:00 — 15:30
Where

River Rooms
New Wing
Somerset House
Strand
WC2R1LA London