The Wayback took this year's Challenge Dementia Prize title with their fully immersive 360 degree film of the Queen’s Coronation that can be viewed on an iPhone using a low tech cardboard VR headset.
The response from people who experienced the film was incredible, singling it out as a worthy winner and one with real potential to change the lives of people living with dementia. A positive impact on relationships is at the heart of this tech as it allows people to reconnect with past experiences and stimulates opportunity for conversations and reminiscence.
Delivered in partnership with Alzheimer’s Society, PA Consulting and techUK the Challenge Prize sought tech-based solutions that would enable people living with dementia to remain close to the people and places around them, both now and for future generations.
The Essex Challenge Prize programme was initiated by Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council, in 2015 with £1m allocated to explore challenge driven innovation, and last week the second prize in the pipeline, Challenge Dementia concluded with an awards event hosted by PA Consulting and a prize of £100,000.