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Innovation in ageing workshop

An opportunity to share your insights and experience on the opportunities and challenges of ageing.

  • Wednesday 14th November 2018 11:15 (1 hour, 30 mins)
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VentureFest North East is the region's innovation conference. It is a free, full-day event focussing on how businesses can grow through innovation.

As part of the conference, the National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) will be leading a workshop on the opportunities and challenges of ageing, to come up with new solutions in re-ablement, assistive technology and care.

VOICE members are invited to join the workshop to share their insights and experience to lead to a better understanding of unmet needs and the products and services which could help.

Volunteer Criteria

Anyone can take part in the workshop.

What will I be asked to do?

The session will last 1.5 hours. There will be presentations from different organisations followed by questions and 15-20 minutes for discussion.

VOICE members can contribute by:

  • sharing your insight on unmet needs
  • asking questions of the speakers and other contributors to challenge understanding and experience of ageing
  • taking part in the discussion

After the workshop there will be opportunities to contribute online to the issues discussed and to participate in a series of further workshops to develop business ideas collaboratively.

This workshop is the first of a series of workshops (supported by NICA and Innovation SuperNetwork) to turn business ideas on innovation in ageing into a reality, with new businesses being created in Spring 2019.

When and where?

VentureFest North East 2018 will take place on Wednesday 14th November at St James' Park, Newcastle. The workshop will be held from 11:15-12:45.

If you are interested in attending the whole day, click here for more information and to register. 

Will I get anything for taking part?

Lunch will be provided.

You will also be able to:

  • find out about how different organisations are responding to needs
  • take part in discussing new business ideas for innovation in ageing
  • meet individuals and organisations interested in ageing
  • hear about next steps and further opportunities to get involved.



  • St James' Park
  • Barrack Road
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • NE1 4ST

Innovation in ageing workshop Discussion

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  • Ian Fairclough
    10th November 2018

    I would have liked to attend this but unfortunately I won't be around on that date :)

    I didn't know what an "unmet need" was...... so I Googled it....... the answer is like WOW!

    "Unmet needs psychology. In psychology the term unmet needs refers to the needs that a person didn't manage to satisfy yet. Just like there are physical needs such as the need to eat or the need to sleep there are psychological needs that people must satisfy in order to feel good."

    This should cause some interesting debate :)

    Anja McCarthy
    13th November 2018

    Hi Ian, thank you for your interest in this event. There will be further opportunities to get involved if you would like to. I will be posting the opportunities on here. Very best wishes, Anja