Health and wellbeing in Leeds and Bradford
Paul Connell, Founder of ODI Leeds, discusses his IoTUK Boost Project as part of the third Q&A with our four IoTUK Boost Partners.
Why did you apply for IoTUK Boost?
It’s simple really, we were contacted by a number of people and organisations from across the UK to say that the IoTUK Boost is exactly what we’ve been doing for ‘data’ and ‘open’ but for the Internet of Things, the common theme was, “you’re perfect for this” you should apply.
Over the last two years ODI Leeds has been working with and convening a number of dynamic and active networks across the full data spectrum including open data, open innovation and open smart cities. We have a network of partners, sponsors, and an active community, as well as a delivery capability from our associates, our challenging team and the wider network in Leeds and the city region.
We operate from a 24,00 sq ft Innovation space in a light filled loft at the top of Munro House Leeds.
The operation of ODI Leeds has led to the development of DataCity, the collaborative delivery vehicle for technology and data.
Why did you select your industry or theme for your IoTUK Boost project?
Health and wellbeing is a theme that can really make a difference to how our cities work for the people in Leeds, Bradford and the city region.
We hosted, contributed to and authored the ‘Cities as Places of Wellbeing’ report for the Future Cities Catapult (this can be found here). The report identifies the local and national recommendations for applying data, digital, technology, smart city and IoT applications within this domain.
Technology should be introduced by cities in a manner that is relevant to citizens and with their consent. The work that has been completed so far clearly identifies the things that have had the biggest impact on wellbeing:
- traffic congestion and urban air quality
- poverty and debt
- employment and working hours
- affordable energy and food
- social isolation
- securing appointments and access to essential services
- living conditions and the built environment
- access to parks and green space.
- connectivity and transportation
What do you hope to achieve for your local area through the Boost programme?
We want to host a successful period of IoTUK Boost activity for IoT products in the city region, where existing applications are demonstrated, where manufacturers can see how to adapt their current products to include IoT and then identify new ways for IoT to be used.
Our work includes warm up events, introductions and convening and curating all leads up to our two-day workshop on the 11 and 12 of February at ODI Leeds.
The long-term vision is to use this work within the DataCity framework to bring together IoT applications and collaborations that are locally relevant but then work to scale them globally.