Last week the University of Essex hosted a two day induction event for the nine shortlisted Challenge Prize finalists.
The event was the first time the team had met the finalists in person and over two jam packed days the finalists were introduced to the aims and ethos of the prize and to each other. Challenge Dementia is a competitive process and only one idea can secure the £100,000 investment in November but a key part of the success of the Challenge Prize is building a strong network of finalists who can all achieve success in the future.
The event was supported by all of the Delivery Partners with finalists able to move around a series of market stalls hosted by PA Consulting, techUK, Alzheimer’s Society and University of Essex. The Head of Research and Development at the Alzheimer’s Society, Colin Capper delivered a high energy session on the Thursday afternoon that encouraged finalists to adopt a creative approach to developing their solution reflected through a series of fictional personas of people living with dementia. The day ended with an early evening networking session.
The Friday offered finalists an opportunity to consider how they will evaluate the impact of their ideas with a session led by the University of Essex Catalyst Team followed by another afternoon of ‘speed dating’ workshops which encouraged finalists to talk to front line practitioners, community service providers and commissioners about working with people living with dementia in Essex.
Feedback from everybody involved in the Induction Event was extremely positive and our thanks go to all of our partners and finalists who made the event so enjoyable and useful. Particular thanks goes to the University of Essex for hosting the event and the University team, Gina and Kakia who looked after us so well over the two days.
Look out for updates to the website in coming weeks as we launch our new ‘Meet the Finalists’ page which will include profiles of all the finalist and their ideas.