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New technology challenge to support people who are isolating

23 March 2020

Calling all innovators to develop solutions to help vulnerable people isolated by Covid-19

£500,000 is available for the development of innovative digital solutions to help people who need to stay at home because of coronavirus outbreak.

The 'Techforce19' challenge aims to support those who need to stay at home for several weeks and need help. This could include people who need mental health support or who have social care needs.

Funding of up to £25,000 per company is available.

The programme is looking for digital solutions that can be launched in the next few weeks, and could include:

  • providing remote social care - for example, by locating and matching qualified carers to those in need
  • optimising the volunteer sector - for example, by developing tools to recruit, train and coordinate local volunteers into clinical and non-clinical workers
  • improving mental health support - for example, by making it easier to discover and deliver mental health services and support
  • any other solutions to ease pressures on services and people during this time

This technology will supplement existing support for those who may be most affected by staying at home for long periods of time.

For more information on the programme and how to apply, visit