SMARTlab is aiming for a summer unveiling of the new SMARTgym sponsored by Blackberry/Rim.
At Blackberry’s Women in Technology awards ceremony earlier in May, Professor Lizbeth Goodman, Director of the SMARTlab Digital Media Institute, was presented with awards for the Best Woman In Technology (Public Sector And Academia) and for Outstanding Woman In Technology.
Professor Goodman said: “Rather than using the award to purchase goods and services for our core team, we have permission instead to use our awards to set up this unique gym/wellness training facility with biosensor and big screen playback, as part of our ongoing research into physical fitness, disability empowerment and community wellbeing.”
“We will make the space available to SMARTlab and Blackberry researchers and, in discreet time slots, also to communities of vulnerable women and people with disabilities who could benefit from the facilities and the company and community of supportive researchers as well.”
The award and the gym are linked to SMARTlab’s SMARTclubs, SafetyNET, MAGICbox, InterFACES and TRUST Projects. Further links are also being developed locally with Professor Adrian Renton as part of the Well London Project, and with international partners wishing to build SMARTgyms in other countries to add to the network.
This week, Professor Goodman received an award of appreciation for Creative Technology Excellence and Innovation in Social Entrepreneurship at the Microsoft CSR event, held at the Women’s College of Dubai, where plans are underway to set up a second SMARTgym as part of the wider Microsoft collaboration underway.