After the success of the French Hackathon in Lille (14-15 June), VR4REHAB goes to the UK for a new Hackathon organized in collaboration with the Royal Free London NHS Trust and Teesside University.
Like the previous events, the VR4REHAB Hackathon represents an opportunity to bring together professionals, patients and young people with disabilities with the aim of extend the scope of digital technology and virtual reality (VR) for rehabilitation in order to provide support for people with a variety of health conditions, and especially patients and children with disabilities.
During the workshop, the participants will have the opportunity to delve into five main clinical themes and design a new concept for rehabilitation and health care with augmented and virtual reality technologies. The most brilliant ideas will be developed during the second stage of the VR4REHAB project, the Game Jams.
Royal Free London and Teesside University, with support from Brunel University, London will be working together to coordinate the UK Hackathon to be held on 4th and 5th July 2018 at Brunel University.
Dr Dido Green, Specialist Research Therapist at the Royal Free Hospital, London (and also Associate Professor in Occupational Therapy at Jönköping University Sweden), is leading the project in London. Dr Green states “Along with the difficulties many patients and children and their families experience in accessing facilities that provide intensive rehabilitation programmes, another barrier to rehabilitation is maintaining motivation to persist with extensive therapy programmes. Virtual reality may provide ‘real’ alternatives to overcome some of these obstacles”.
Professor Martin from Teesside University said “Digital technology and virtual reality can provide so many different opportunities within healthcare and rehabilitation and I’m looking forward to seeing what ideas and solutions the developers come up with. In terms of chronic pain, one of the problems people have is getting access to the right kind of advice and support – that is where things like interactive education and games can help people to better manage their lives while living with pain”.
For further information about the participation modalities and registration please click here https://bit.ly/2jULkTh
Participation is free of charge