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Sleep hackathon weekend - London

Sleep design hackathon @Netsnapper @ Bigradical @XDS #Health #IoT #SmartCities

A wonderful weekend was spent with some insightful specialists in healthcare, designers & technologists to resolve deep issues around not sleeping for cancer patients, carers, and how this also may impact the future of sleeplessness epidemic worldwide.

After a brainstorming session on Friday honing down the real issues around design, patient care, wakefulness triggers & psychology. The hack began in earnest the following day. Keeping the teams agile at 5, each person could have real impact on the outcomes. The Key Challenges were:


->Sleep problems in relation to cancer are often not seen as a priority and dismissed as a normal reaction to the cancer diagnosis, medication and other treatment.

->Social barriers, such as patients not willing to talk about the 'C word' and the problems they are experiencing. This prolongs the time it takes to solve the actual problems.

->Anxiety is the main causes of disturbed sleep for many patients. The root causes of anxiety may vary depending on the individual's situation, but the triggers for anxiety are often about uncertainty towards the future. For example, many patients experience ‘scan-xiety’ every time before their scan or medical appointment.

As part of the #design focus team we looked at how #IoT things has spurred on in helping with insomnia using #smartpillows that track your sleep to #smartsheets that can detect temperature. Our team looked at how @GoogleHome could be programmed into a #chatbot to help listen to anxiety issues with soothing responses.

We all liked the idea of having a ‘#SleepMenu’ to order from, to perfect the ideals nights sleep. So depending on the needs of that week they could be met with everything from camomile #tea, to sleep #music media stream to #plants that clean your air to #specificapps that map your #bigdata patterns to see which ones were most affective on outcomes of a deeper sleep.

"[T]he Internet will disappear. There will be so many IP addresses, so many devices, sensors, things that you are wearing, things that you are interacting with, that you won't even sense it. It will be part of your presence all the time. Imagine you walk into a room, and the room is dynamic. And with your permission and all of that, you are interacting with the things going on in the room." — Eric Schmidt, Google chairman

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