Reach Health Promotion Innovations

Mobile technology for health behaviour change

Perth startup weekend

REACH HPI’s James White competed in the recent Perth Startup Weekend. This event sees competing groups take a tech-focused business idea from concept to prototype over the course of 56 hours. While the project James worked on wasn’t health-related, he noted that two of the pitched ideas were related to mental health. “There’s a lot of interest in the way mobile technology can deliver messages and connect people - users to service providers, and users to users,” James said. “This creates real opportunities in fields such as mental health, where these connections are so important.”

This continues a trend of technological innovation competitions featuring projects with a social, rather than commercial focus. The inaugural WA App Award winner was Big Help Mob, a web service and mobile app to connect volunteers with worthy projects. While not specifically a health app, many Big Help Mob projects have a health focus, and of course there is strong evidence of positive mental health outcomes for those who volunteer.