Leeds Digital Festival: Digital Health Ecosystem Events

23rd April 2020

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This year due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Leeds Digital Festival 2020 is going online with further events later in the year. We are pleased to announce Co>Space North will be hosting three online events for Leeds Digital Festival this year. We will also be joining in with the Leeds Digital Festival part two later in the year with other events.

Leeds Digital Festival is a city wide celebration of all things digital within Leeds. It
is the largest digital festival in the north of England. Holding countless events across the city, and now due to COVID-19, virtually, bringing the digital community together. As always it is a pleasure to be part of the Leeds Digital Festival, we look forward to virtually hosting events this April.

The three events we have chosen to host are all topical and relevant to the current Covid19 crisis: A subject close to our hearts is tackling social and digital inclusion so we are delighted to be co-hosting two events with 100% Digital Leeds. We are equally excited to be working with NHS Digital, DEFRA and many others to deliver a unique and important event on how disruptive tech could help tackle some of the biggest and urgent world problems we are facing.

The first of the three events we will be hosting online is Supporting digital inclusion in the face of COVID-19. This event will be run by 100% Digital Leeds on Monday 27 th April 10:30 – 11:30 

About the event:

100% Digital Leeds is working to ensure that everyone in the city has everything they need to live longer, healthier, happier lives. They work closely with community partners to reach the most vulnerable, isolated, and excluded in Leeds and help them improve their digital skills to make their lives easier and help them to live more independently. This event will introduce the 100% Digital Leeds team and demonstrate how they can help to improve the digital inclusion of your organisation and service users by building digital skills and confidence, offering access to equipment, being aware of funding opportunities, and knowing more about the free online tools and resources that can help motivate people to engage with digital

Find More information and tickets for the event here

The second event we will be hosting online is Person-centred care in the digital age (focus on my COPD). This event will be run by 100% Digital Leeds on Monday 27th April 12:00 – 13:00

About the event:

A key outcome of the Leeds Health and Care Plan is that people have the skills and confidence to manage their own long-term conditions by working with them to make best use of their own strengths and assets. There are a wide range of tools and resources available to support people to self- manage their conditions, from apps and online support groups to remote monitoring. However we know that 58% of over 60’s have a long-term condition, and these adults over 60 are least likely to have the basic digital skills to be online.

This means that those who would benefit most from accessing these online tools to self-manage their conditions are the least likely to have the skills, access and motivation to do so. So - how do we ensure these key demographic are supported to make best use of the online world to improve their health and wellbeing?
Using myCOPD as a case study which is now available across Leeds for people living with COPD, this event will explore how barriers to self-management apps can be addressed through digital inclusion and how peer support groups have adapted their services in the face of COVID-19.

100% Digital Leeds is also engaging with GP practices that would like access to myCOPD for their patients, find out more information and register your interest now.

Find more information and tickets for the event here;

Finally, the third event we will be hosting online is How can disruptive digital tech help Leeds to avoid the dystopian future of climate, ecological, inequality and material crises? This event will be run by NHS Digital on Thursday 30th April 14:00–16:00

About the Event:

How can disruptive digital tech help Leeds to avoid the dystopian future of climate, ecological, inequality and material crises?

The world is facing a huge number of deeply concerning mega trends – climate and ecological destruction, social inequality, non-sustainable resource use, energy security, food production, antibiotics and more.

How can we use systems thinking around the potential of digital solutions to create solutions to these?

This is a crucial question - in the context of COVID-19 - 'how could technology have helped increase national resilience and what have we learnt so far?'
This is a discussion-based session - a series of speakers will give examples of current work, but the key thing is your ideas. Where are the big opportunities in this space? How can we better flag up risk and join the dots between thought silos?


Find more information for the event and tickets here 


Thank you to Leeds City Council and Leeds CCG for Sponsoring the Leeds Digital Festival Health Events. 

If you want to work with us on digital and real life events which help ensure that digitally-enabled health and care works for everyone please do get in touch with gemma.lee10@nhs.net