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Enterprise Support students win through to the Care Innovation Challenge final

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Care innovation

A group of three Oxford Brookes students who are part of the Enterprise Support programme have won through to the final stage of the Care Innovation Challenge – a competition to kick start new ideas and solutions for the care sector.

Team Trinity's care innovation concept is a winner

A group of three Oxford Brookes students who are part of the Enterprise Support programme have won through to the final stage of the Care Innovation Challenge – a competition to kick start new ideas and solutions for the care sector.

Bedour Al Shaigy, currently a PhD student, Yumi Bagge, studying for her MsC in Computing, and Jared Reabow, studying for a BsC in Computer Science, make up Team Trinity – a multidisciplinary tech team specialising in hardware and software solutions. The team developed a secure, affordable and adaptable device that alerts carers or family members to a potential problem their loved one is experiencing.

The objectives are twofold:

  • To reduce the time taken to respond to accidents.
  • To provide ‘peace of mind’ for individuals responsible for caring for the elderly.

The device is small, portable, and non-invasive. It can be stuck to any surface using an adhesive or magnet. It also has a built-in mobile module and battery that allows it to send and receive messages or alerts without relying on a Wi-Fi network or mains power. The device works by monitoring the subject’s environment and sending alerts to registered users if a movement has, or has not, been detected for a period of time. For example this might be a bedroom door not opened after 9 am or kettle not used before 10 am. Moreover, the device utilises a schedule-based monitoring system that can be customised using any phone via a text message, rather than a smartphone app or computer.

As a result of their success, Team Trinity will participate in the final of the Care Innovation Challenge on March 19th, when they will be able to present their idea, demonstrate the value of their solution, and show the strength of the team. The finalists will have the opportunity to unlock more funding, mentoring and support to develop their solution, and apply for UnLtd's Transform Ageing Accelerator.

The group are also working on their pitch for the Brookes Enterprise Support Awards Dragons’ Den final.

We hope that securing an award will allow us to move our idea on to the next level,” says Yumi, “ and that means refining and improving our prototype proof of concept, undertaking market research, and seeking out opportunities to trial the devices in the health care world.

More information about the Care Innovation Challenge can be found at careinnovationchallenge.com.