Smart Technologies

Smart technologies so Sheffield's elders live lives they want to live. How can smart technologies and intelligent homes help Sheffield’s elderly?

19 November 2014, 2.00pm - 5.30pm

Generously hosted by Hill Dickinson LLP, The Balance, Pinfold Street, Sheffield S1 2JG.

Funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious Grant and in partnership with the New Dynamics of Ageing research programme.

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  • Bridget Strong, Deputy Chief Executive, AgeUK Sheffield

  • John Grant, Senior Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University

  • Eddie Murphy, Technical Director, Mott MacDonald

  • Dr Amanda Sharkey, Senior Lecturer, University of Sheffield

Facilitator: Wendy Stern, MSc

Key issues

  • Encourage social support

  • Reduce isolation

  • Improve health, well-being and mental health

  • Raise awareness of online financial and data security


  • Have fun

  • Help decision-makers

  • Be better informed of the facts and key issues

  • Network, meet new people, pool your ideas and create big concepts

  • Meet Paro the seal - used with dementia and Alzheimer's sufferers. Find out about the benefits, risks and ethics.

  • Discuss issues such as fuel poverty, financial hardship, health and wellbeing, buildings for people, intelligent buildings, smart applications.

  • Explore the benefits, risk and ethics of these technologies.

  • Help identify the top three issues for Action for Involvement's next event in this series.

  • Follow-up Crowd Wise 2014 to learn how intelligent homes and smart technology can help elderly people live lives they want to live.

  • Inform participants of the issues, build on previous learning and create a sound platform for a Summer 2015 event.

This event is free however donations are possible via paypal on Action for Involvement website or at the event to help with event costs. Action for Involvement have a £15 Standard Charge for cancellations without two day’s notice.

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Action for Involvement is a voluntary community group set up to create space for people to get together with key policy makers on current social issues in education, health and welfare, regulation, environment, engineering, housing, energy, transport and technology.

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Grateful thanks to RAEI, Hill Dickinson LLP, Debbie Edwards, Angela Hepburn, Jo McCausland, John Grant, Eddie Murphy, Amanda Sharkey, Bridget Strong and Professor Alan Walker who have helped to make this event possible.