Waracle continued it’s ‘brown bag’ sessions throughout 2014 and were joined by two esteemed guests before the holidays (we call them brown bag sessions because people bring a sandwich – occasionally in a brown paper bag). The sessions are held in the Waracle offices every month and are designed to enable the transfer of knowledge and ideas within the company, often facilitated by external experts and guest speakers. In December we were joined by Rodney Mountain and Derek Robertson who spoke to the company about their respective disciplines.
Empowering institutions with medical data
Thanks to the ongoing growth of telehealth and mHealth, a transformation in the deployment of health data and products is rapidly taking place in Europe and the US. Rodney Mountain is ENT surgeon and Associate Postgraduate Dean at NHS Tayside. Mr Mountain is heavily involved in healthcare design and IT technologies that empower individuals, groups and institutions with medical data. He spoke at great length to Waracle staff about the transformative and disruptive effect mobile technologies are having within the NHS.
Mr Mountain said of his visit to Waracle HQ: “The market for mobile healthcare (termed mHealth) is growing at an astonishing pace and will be worth an estimated $60 billion by 2020. Given that Dundee is a hub for mobile technology and healthcare services research and development, I was delighted to see the work that Waracle have been doing in and around this area.”
The importance of game based learning
The Waracle team were also fortunate to have the company of Derek Robertson, who spoke with great passion about how computer games technology has been able to facilitate and enhance learning activities amongst school children. Mr Robertson is a lecturer at The University of Dundee and spoke about how thoughtful and purposeful integration of contemporary technology such as game based learning can enhance existing learning practices. Having been heavily involved in mobile app development projects that harness the power of gamification techniques, the Waracle team were delighted to hear from Mr Robertson.
Derek told the Waracle team: “A major component of my work involves exploring and articulating how ‘computer game-based learning’ can have a positive impact on children’s learning experiences. My work is focused heavily change the discourse around the purpose and place of computer games in education.”
The Waracle brown bag sessions are continuing into 2015 and we have some really exciting speakers and topics scheduled of the year ahead. We’re always on the lookout for new speakers, so if you’re interested in participating email us directly via [email protected] and we can discuss your idea. We’d like to thank Rodney Mountain and Derek Robertson for providing a great insight into their respective practices.