WHY WE CARE
We are a team of techies who believe in the power of technology to make the world a better place.
Smartphones are a critical part of our daily lives, but the consequences of unhealthy phone use include sleep deprivation, reduced productivity, FOMO, taking risks with personal safety i.e. when driving and walking, ‘text-neck’. ... the list goes on. We worry we are at risk of forgetting what it means to converse, to concentrate, to be bored, to daydream.
It has never been more important to be conscious of how we use technology, and to find balance in the way we relate to it and the real world. That's why we created SPACE - so that millions of people can find their phone life balance.
We couldn't do what we do alone, which is why we have partnered with universities, design agencies and Motorola. Our mission - to help millions of people to find their phone life balance.
Deanne Weir: INVESTOR & PHILANTHROPIST
Media entrepreneur, company director and philanthropist Deanne has more than 25 years of experience in media and communications. A former corporate lawyer, Deanne is an experienced and globally recognised leader, strategist and communicator, with a deep interest in how new forms of media affect business and society. Deanne's company WeirAnderson.com has invested in several Australian growth companies, leveraging new and disruptive communications technology to reach and engage global audiences. From online publishing, television and multiplatform media production, to global innovations in speech to text services, Deanne has been privileged to work with some great Australian innovators. Along the way, Deanne has also pursued her passion for supporting Australian stories, and has used her influence and resources to improve the lives of women and girls in our community.
JAN HUCKFELDT: TECHNOLOGIST & Marketer
Jan is CMO of Motorola, a Lenovo company. Under his leadership, Motorola has embarked on a journey to help people achieve better phone-life balance. As the mobile phone inventor 45 years ago, Motorola has a vested interest in how smartphone technology is used and with a focus on the real needs of consumers, is developing solutions to make a better phone-life balance a reality. Before joining Lenovo in 2012, Jan held marketing leadership roles at Hewlett Packard and Procter & Gamble. He earned his PhD in Polymer Chemistry from University College Dublin, and now regularly guest lectures at top business schools, such as ESCP Europe. Jan lives in Paris with his partner, together they have five children.
Michelle Van Velthoven: Mobile Health Science Advisor
Michelle is a postdoctoral researcher in digital health at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford. She is also an associate editor for the SAGE journal DIGITAL HEALTH and honorary research fellow at the Imperial College London Global eHealth Unit. Michelle previously worked as Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Lead on technology appraisals for NICE at The BMJ Technology Assessment Group. She obtained her PhD in mobile health from Imperial College London, and her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences and MSc in HTA from Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands.
We are in the process of building out this Advisory Board and are seeking two further individuals with experience in: start-up, funding, behaviour change, ethical business and digital. Contact us if you have any ideas!