Every self-respecting organisation or programme appears to have established an Innovation Lab to accelerate innovation in their field. But do they actually work? And have we reached peak-innovation-lab where the hyperbole outweighs the reality?
This event will be of interest to software developers and designers, innovators, health and care practitioners and policy makers.
At this event we will hear from Abhay Adhikari, founder of the NESTA top 50 radicals award winning Sustainability Labs in Leeds, and from Stephen Blackburn of Leeds City Council who has taken up the reigns of running this data driven lab on a day-to-day basis. Along with Abhay and Stephen, we will hear from Jon Hindley, public health specialist, who took the Care View app from initial idea to implementation through the Leeds Sustainability Lab.
Jon works as a public health officer for Leeds City Council for the locality and primary care team. This team manages local contracts such as the Better Together outreach providers which help isolated citizens engage with services, organisations, activities and communities which may help to improve and maintain their overall health and wellbeing. The team focusses on the 10% most deprived communities within the city.
Previously to this Jon worked in community development and health with a local third sector organisation in the West for over ten years engaging disenfranchised communities such as prisoners and Irish travellers.
Stephen has worked for the council for over 13 years in a variety of information governance roles and been in his current role for over 4 years.
Heading up Leeds Data Mill from its inception and overseeing the re-brand to Data Mill North, Stephen has led the way in promoting open data across the council and with external partners across the city. He also leads on the council’s Innovation Labs where developers and other stakeholders come together to re-use open data to create new and innovative services.
Stephen’s role has recently broadened to include other smart city work.