Smart D8: Tech Innovations Tackling Health and Social Challenges in Dublin

The logic that one way to ease pressure on healthcare services is to prevent more people getting ill underpins a piloting of new health and wellness projects in Dublin city.

The State’s “health” policy could be more accurately described as a “sickness” policy, says Jack Lehane, ecosystem manager with Smart D8, as much of the €20 billion-plus budget is spent on treating illness.“There is an idea that you can engage populations at scale and limit the number of people who end up getting sick in the first place. Maybe we could use our resources a little more ‘smartly’. Maybe we don’t need bigger hospitals; we just need fewer people getting sick.”Jack Lehane.

D8is one of the Smart Dublin districts that are looking to fast-track technological innovations to solve local social challenges, with an eye on potential for scaling up citywide, or even nationally and internationally.Working on a catchment area of 43,000people that encompasses neighbourhoods such as the Liberties, Kilmainham and Rialto, as well as St James’s Hospital and St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, Smart D8 is focusing on health initiatives.

A 2020 survey of 250 local residents found 31 per cent had long-standing health problems; 27 per cent had accessed mental health service supports in the previous two years; and 21 per cent had unmet health needs due to waiting lists. Smart D8 is a 12-partner consortium led by, among others, Dublin City Council and the Digital Hub, and incorporates academia, public sector, private enterprise and civil society.

Menopause And The City Project Launch

Expect engaging discussions, informative presentations, and interactive workshops led by experts in the field. A wide range of topics will be covered, including managing symptoms, maintaining physical and mental well-being, and navigating relationships during this transformative phase of life.

Date: Monday, 16th October
Time: 10am
Venue: iD8 Studio at The Gatelodge, Roe Lane (off Thomas Street), The Digital Hub, Dublin 8, D08 EY05. Get Directions on Google Maps.
Tickets: This event is free but you must register for a ticket at
Further information: Please visit the event page at

Menopause And The City is a Smart D8 pilot from Dr Louise Fitzgerald of Grafton Medical Practice/ The pilot aims to educate women and their family and friends about menopause so they can be empowered to manage their symptoms using self-management strategies but equally know when to seek professional help appropriately.

A project with truly scalable potential, Dr Louise Fitzgerald is aiming for Dublin 8 to become the centre of the first city-wide approach to positive menopause education and support.

This free event — on 16th October — ahead of  World Menopause Day on the 18th  — is the launch event of Menopause And The City. It’s also the perfect opportunity to come together and discuss the challenges and experiences of menopause in a relaxed and informal setting.

Speakers include:

  • Aoife Nic Shamhráin, menopause specialist
  • Ciara McKenna, menopause specialist
  • Clare Farrell, women’s health physiotherapist
  • Orna O’Brien, senior dietitian
  • Centric Mental Health, chartered clinical counselling psychologist
  • Plus more to be announced, including keynote speaker

The event is free to attend but you must register in advance at

For updates on the event please see