Delving into Digital has brought together key sector players from government and technology companies to partner and collaborate with AMRC member charities. Now in it's third year we invite you to join us to explore the lifecycle of digital ideas, how initial concepts are brought to life, what challenges are faced throughout the process and just how these developments can make a huge difference to people's lives.

Taking place at RocketSpace's state-of-the-art campus for high-growth tech startups, just steps from Angel tube station, during this year's meeting you will hear from a range of collaborators within the medical research and digital space.

A series of presentations will showcase how new ideas have had a positive affect on the lives of individuals and how to identify a problem before developing a solution.

Panel discussions will invite those who are disrupting the way we think about digital innovation and challenge how the ideas are developed. We will also put the power back into your hands by asking you to vote for which new idea pitch you want to hear more from during the meeting.

Register now and take the opportunity to learn from others facing similar challenges, and to network with the tech community.

Aimed at: 

• those responsible for digital and/or data within their medical research charity
• technology companies who are or would like to network with medical research charities

We have a limited number of supporter opportunities available for this event, please find further details here,

alternatively you can contact Gill ([email protected]) for further details.


09:00 – 09:20 Opening Keynote Baroness Nicola Blackwood

09:20 – 10:50 Session 1

Session 1 presentations (09:20 – 10:20)

Finding the problems before finding the solutions – the lifecycle of digital health development

How much do stakeholders’ views differ on how to develop a digital health solution to target a medical or health need?

Patient - Why do I need tech? Exploring the patient-perspective on why tech is important to them.

Emma Lawton, Patient and Volunteer with parkinson's UK

Researcher - What are the potential benefits and hopes for digital technologies? Can they really save lives?

Industry - What gets a solution to market? How important is commercial viability for digital solutions?

Paul Thomas, Digital Advisor, Microsoft Ltd

Charity - What’s charities’ role in digital innovation? Discussing the value that charities can offer.

Said Dajani, Head of Digital, Diabetes UK

Healthcare - Frontline perspectives on innovation in the NHS. How can digital solutions improve healthcare to best meet patients’ needs?

Marianne Williams, Specialist Gastroenterology Community Dietitian, Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Session 1 panel debate (10:20 – 10:50)

Do patients know what’s best for them?

Which stakeholder’s views are most important in the development of digital health solutions? How can patients’ wants be reconciled with the views of other stakeholders?

This session will involve all of the session 1 presenters, offering a multi-faceted perspective on this key question underpinning the extent to which patients should direct the development of digital health technologies.

10:50 – 11:10 Morning Break 

11:10 – 12:10 Session 2

Innovation showcase

How can start-ups collaborate with the third sector to accelerate successful digital health solutions?

The session will outline breakthrough technology that start-ups are developing in collaboration with charities.

HS. & Orthopaedic Research UK


12:10 – 13:15 Lunch Break 

13:15 – 14:45 Session 3

Session 3 presentation (13:15 – 13:45)

Discussing the NICE ‘Evidence standards framework for digital health technologies’

How will these positively impact the digital health technologies being developed?   

This session will provide an NHS perspective on the evidence and effectiveness expected of digital health technologies.

Dr Indra Joshi, Clinical Lead, NHS England's Empower the Person Portfolio

Session 3 disruptor panel (13:45 – 14:45)

What makes a digital health technology ‘good’?

Building on the initial presentation, what criteria should we use to determine whether a digital health technology is successful? Do different stakeholders have conflicting views?

Individuals from across the sector will offer and discuss their various perspectives on this issue.


Sarah Heywood, CEO, MedCity

Catherine Howe, Director of design, delivery and change, CRUK

Indra Joshi, Clinical Lead, NHS England’s Empower the Person Portfolio

Dominic King, google Deepmind

14:45 – 15:10 Afternoon Break

15:00 – 16:00 Session 4: Collaboration in action

What fruits can collaboration in digital health bear? What does best practice look like and why should collaboration be the new normal?

This session will have key stakeholders from across the digital health space discussing their experience of collaboration and how it has enabled them to produce world-class solutions to benefit patients. 

The Brain Tumour Charity - BRIAN

Dom King, Google Deepmind & Sheena Visram, NHS Navigator

Autistica & Alan Turing Institute

 16:00 – 16:30 Closing Keynote


Thank you to all our supporters who make it possible for us to run this event: