Writing a Risk Assessment for Software

Recently we’ve spent a lot of time bogged down in medical device registration for The Open Voice Factory. As part of this we developed a risk assessment around the software – looking at the potential causes of harm (i.e. “What happens if there is a fire in the house and our software fails to help someone speak to emergency services?”).   These sorts of documents are valuable but also pretty bruising… Read Article →


Substandard Subtitles

After a short corraspondence with the wonderful Emma Colton, who writes the equaly wonderful The Happy Hearing Aid blog she sent us this amazing piece on the trials and troubles with dealing with TV subtitles.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.  A few years ago, while still at University, I was a reality TV fiend. I couldn’t get enough of it. I would watch The Only Way… Read Article →

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Check out our new draft communication board for people with Dementia!

In May we were shortlisted in the Essex Dementia Challenge Prize. Nine shortlisted projects were give £5,000 each to develop an idea, with the idea that the best idea will receive £100,000 to take it to market. Our idea is: use the resources we’ve developed for The Open Voice Factory (particularly CommuniKate) to create a communication board that helps with word-choice (which causes significant problems in many people with late-stage-dementia). Our first… Read Article →

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Comic Relief have funded the Open Voice Factory!

Comic Relief and Paul Hamlyn Foundation are funding thirteen organisations to receive funding from their Tech for Good stream. eQuality Time is one of them! We’re receiving £45,000 to develop the Open Voice Factory, along with lots of support and guidance.  We have so many people to thank, and a sudden big responsbility.  It’s going to be amazing. This means that the Open Voice Factory is likely to be our… Read Article →

Open source Medical Device Registration

Several years ago, at the start of the Open Voice Factory project, it became clear that we’d need to register the Open Voice Factory, or some part of it, as a medical device. It was publicised to, in the words of the relevant european directive ‘mitigate handicap’, and so it needed to be registered. There is NO moral way around that. It also became clear that there were almost NO… Read Article →

Real Flexible Work

In an team with real flexible work you would be able to shut your laptop at any time without any guilt. There’s lots of reasons you might want to. Maybe you are sick. Maybe someone you care about is sick. Maybe you want to spend some time on your mental health and maybe someone has broken into your house and you need to ring the police. The reason isn’t important…. Read Article →

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The funding applications that made us a better charity (even when we didn’t get them)

People who manage funds that give money to social projects are, by definition, great people having to make hard choices about the best place to put money. It’s also important that people who manage funds keep to the lowest possible overhead.  It takes money to keep applicants up to date and give feedback and we accept that it’s often the best choice to save money there. Some funders do provide a… Read Article →

Reviewers wanted for BATTLECRY

eQuality Time has a project we’ve been working on for some time.   It’s an artistic project and we’ve submitted to the arts council. We’ve been rejected.    Six times. Each time we got back over the project, make big changes or little changes (there are two ways that the arts council can reject you, one has a wonderful amount of artistic feedback, and the other gives almost no feedback, we’ve… Read Article →

Research Snapshot: White Water Writers Novel Analysis

In the last post I talked about my (Joe’s) failing to get good results about the White Water Writers project.    By contrast, today I’m posting about the far far better science done by our team at Keele University.  Below is  the abstract that they have sent to the AERA conference recently.  Some bits that I’m particularly interested in: “The process allows young people to explore issues through their novels, which… Read Article →