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How can we make effective use of digital technology in later life?

Nominet Trust

Tuesday, 23 October 2012 from 09:00 to 12:30 (BST)

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An open exploration into how people 55+ can use digital technologies to improve their quality of life.

You don’t have to look far to find repeated stories of the problems facing people in later life, from access to adequate care, health and well-being and of course financial challenges.

It is increasingly clear that innovation in policy and practice will be needed to ensure that societies respond effectively to the challenges presented by an ageing population.

Digital technology offers us new, more effective approaches to build and strengthen vital social ties that will help people to remain independent and engaged in later life.

In this European Year of Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity it seems well-timed to explore how the imaginative use of digital technology can help us build a more social, active future for our growing ageing population.

So with this in mind, we are embarking on another crowdsourced exploration.

Once again, David Wilcox will be leading the charge, and asking what are the key challenges and opportunities facing people in later life and how can we use digital technology to address them?

And this is where we need your input! We would like to invite you to contribute to this debate at our workshop on 23rd October 2012.

Venue:         The Prince Philip Room, RSA House, London
Time:           9.00am – 12.30 (arrival from 9.00am for a 9.30 start)

Over the course of the morning we aim to stimulate an open and provocative discussion.  The outcomes of which will help us identify new and innovative ways in which people can use digital technologies to improve their quality of later life.

Tell us your ideas now

We are aware that there are many organisations, individuals, researchers and actors who are active in this field, and we want to learn from them as we develop this work. It’s one of the reasons why we’re developing this programme in the open.

We’ve started preparing some ideas already in our open Google Doc and whether you can make it along or not you can add your ideas in advance and start shaping the discussions now if you would like.

Following the event, we’ll be seeking out contributions, ideas, research and data that illuminates the key ideas developed.  We hope that you will contribute and help shape a shared understanding of the opportunities for using digital technology to best support people in later life.

 We have also created space on a new social learning network where we hope you will join discussion, and help build a network that hopefully will continue after the exploration. You can see the space and join in at Digital Technology for Later in Life.

Can’t make it on 23rd October?

If you are unable to be there in person on the 23rd but would still like to participate, please join the Digital Technology for Later in Life group where we'll be developing discussions before, during and after the event. We'll also be posting some ideas there on how you can contribute on the day.

you can watch the discussions unfold and contribute your views via the DTLaterlife learning space.  To sign up, please request membership and we can give you access.

However you take part, we hope that you will join us and contribute to this exciting exploration.

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The Prince Philip room
RSA House
8 John Adam Street,
WC2N 6EZ London
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 23 October 2012 from 09:00 to 12:30 (BST)

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Nominet Trust

Social Tech Trust (previously Nominet Trust) is the UK's leader grant maker of socially motivated tech. 

Since 2008 the charity has supported over 750 socially motivated initiatives in the UK, providing more than £31m of funding to drive change with tech.

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