University researchers are going out into the community, creating a Centre for Health Technology pop-up in Stonehouse, Plymouth. As one of the most deprived areas in the UK, the pop-up centre will aim to address health inequalities and social deprivation using digital technology and eHealth solutions. This includes companion robots as well as apps and internet-based health and welfare resources.
Working with community-benefit society, Nudge Community Builders, who own, create and run community activities in disused urban spaces, the pop-up centre will be based in The Plot on Plymouth's Union Street. Working with members of the community will allow researchers to explore how to make better use of eHealth solutions, and contribute to and influence future health technology research.
From December 2019 until April 2020, the pop-up centre will also support business start-ups and the thriving regional, digital entrepreneur network through industry pop-up spaces.
It will bring together an interdisciplinary cohort of University researchers and students from computing, nursing, design, robotics, design, medicine, engineering and architecture.