COVID-Cast #5 - A digital approach to beating loneliness


COVID-Cast is a new weekly podcast from PUBLIC exploring the international response to the Covid-19 crisis from the GovTech community. Listen on the PUBLIC website, on Spotify, or on Apple Podcasts.

COVID-Cast returns to explore COVID-19’s impact upon our wellbeing, and how different technologies are being used to tackle the loneliness and isolation that may result from social-distancing, remote working and quarantines.With 5% of UK Adults reporting feeling lonely some or all of the time, and 30% of us saying that the pandemic has made us feel lonely in the past seven weeks, it’s never been more important to find solutions that bring people together mentally while keeping us apart physically.In episode 5, Edd speaks to Melanie Aronson, CEO of community building startup Panion about their pivot from B2C social platform to a B2B offering helping to onboard new employees remotely and build the employee communities on which successful businesses thrive.Later on, Edd is joined by Jen Fenner, Managing Director of Def Proc Engineering – to discuss the challenge of developing a digitally-inclusive solution to loneliness through Def Proc’s new product “Push to Talk” – and the value of layering the simplest of user experiences over cutting-edge technology.Listen to the podcast below, and subscribe on Podbean, Spotify or Apple Podcasts now to be sure that you don’t miss next week’s episode. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.


Sep 20, 2021