August 2018

Low-down on the AAL Forum workshops – all you need to know!

The 2018 AAL Forum will see two days jam-packed with 26 workshops that are open to everyone attending the forum. Across the two days there will be 13 workshops per day. With only four workshops on at any given time, you’ll have ample opportunity to engage in lively debates and share exciting new ideas.  This year, the workshops have been split into three main themes that represent the focus of the forum, Life after AAL – Ensuring AAL solutions are getting to the market (Theme 1); Business to consumer market – The silver economy dimensions (Theme 2); AAL-related eco-systems (Theme 3). To ensure you don’t turn up to the AAL Forum unprepared, we want to give you as much information...
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35 must-dos (and to enjoy) in Bilbao during AAL Forum 2018

Bilbao, the capital of Bizkaia, -the host territory of the forthcoming  AAL Forum 2018– boasts many spots and places to show (and for the enjoyment of) all its visitors. Sights, which in addition to being very interesting, are particularly suitable for everyone, even people with reduced mobility.    This Basque city, which is the largest and most important one along the Bay of Biscay coastline, has so much to offer in many different areas including architecture, culinary experiences, culture and sport, leisure, shopping or even quality of life, all of which are extolled by locals and visitors alike. Here are some musts for your forthcoming visit to Bilbao: 1.- Architecture (12 must-dos) Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, designed by the renowned Canadian...
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Message from the AAL President – PETER SARAGA

For any AAL Forum regular, Peter Saraga will be a familiar figure, seen every year enthusiastically parading the exhibition floor, speaking at workshops and taking part in plenary debates covering all aspects of active and healthy ageing. Of course, he will be at the forum again in Bilbao in September, but this year will be his first as the President of AAL, a position that gives him the chance to set out a clear vision for the programme as it enters the last two years of its current funding cycle and looks confidently into the future. Saraga, who spent much of his working life involved in the development of technological innovation with Philips, believes he is taking over the AAL...
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AAL FORUM Exhibitors – Carinthia University of Applied Sciences – Exhibitor Nº2

EXHIBITOR NUMBER 2: Carinthia University of Applied Sciences  –  PROJECT NAME:  Smart VitAALity The AAL Research Unit at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences looks at how to fluidly link technologies with social environments and they are doing this through the methodology of a Living Lab. This unit participates in developing concepts, products and services in the areas of smart homes, smart health and smart interaction to improve the quality of life of older adults, under the project title, Smart VitAALity. Smart VitAALity is implementing and evaluating the integration of AAL systems in 100 senior households in a long-term trail lasting 15 months with 230 users and will be testing the integration of tailoring AAL services that focus on the needs of future...
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AAL Forum Exhibitors – University of Applied Sciences Vorarlberg – Exhibitor 1

With the AAL Forum only a month away, we will be posting a small description of the exhibitors you can expect to see at the event, in the run up to the 24 September. From projects, to industry experts and businesses in the field of healthy ageing, these exhibitors will be showcasing, and in some cases, allowing you to test their new solutions and looking to discuss and establish collaborations with other actors in the AAL ecosystem.   EXHIBITOR NUMBER 1: University of Applied Sciences Vorarlberg –  PROJECT NAME: GREAT GREAT is the AAL project, coordinated by Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences in Austria, that will be exhibited at the AAL Forum this year. Get Ready for Activity – Persuasive...
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Bizkaia’s cuisine recognised in World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards

One of the main attractions of the forthcoming AAL Forum 2018 in Bilbao/Bizkaia on 24-26 September is without doubt the chance to get to know and enjoy at first hand the cuisine that is one of the great passions of the Basque soul and of the area’s culture, and its finest calling card. Basque cuisine has long been high in the international lists, and has garnered praise from many experts and gastronomic critics all over the world. The Basque Country as a whole and Bizkaia in particular boast a range of possibilties that is among the best in Europe for its restaurants and its pintxos, which are one of the most attractive features of eating in the area. They are...
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On September 22, a 24-hour hackathon will be taking place in the run up to the AAL Forum 2018 in Biscay at the Euskalduna Conference Centre in Bilbao. Hack4Elder advantAGE is just one of a number of stimulating side events to be taking place alongside the main activities at this year’s forum. The 2018 hackathon is organised by the University of Deusto, an avid player on the research platform for ageing and wellbeing in Spain, and is a place for teams to step up to the challenge and come together, working late into the night designing and creating smart solutions for ageing well. Hackathon 2017 Last year’s hackathon, Hack 4 Ageing Well, saw 35 participants make their ideas a reality....
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Early bird and poster extensions!

Early bird and poster extensions!   The deadline to receive early bird tickets for exhibitor registration and delegate registration for the AAL Forum 2018 has been extended to 31 August! We have also extended the deadline for you to submit your poster ideas to the same date. Delegate registration Whether you’re an investor, a researcher, a developer, end-user or in the industry, you now have two more weeks to make sure you take full advantage of the early bird registration prices. Don’t miss out on this cost-effective opportunity to attend one of the largest exhibitions in the field of healthy ageing. The spectacular city of Bilbao in the heart of Biscay, Spain will be host to the 2018 AAL Forum,...
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Enjoy shopping in Bilbao/Bizkaia in an accessible environment

There are just a few weeks to go until the  AAL Forum 2018 in Bilbao/Bizkaia (in the north of Spain) between 24 and 26 September. Information on the possibility of getting around Bizkaia easily in accessible public transport and also discovering the shopping opportunities in the province are two of the most popular searches. The truth is that Bilbao-Bizkaia stands out for having one of Spain’s best public transport system , which is totally accessible for people with reduced mobility. The system includes a modern (and very comfortable) underground network (Metro Bilbao) with its three lines covering over 50 kilometres and whose architecture will surely delight photographers.   The province also has half-a-dozen suburban railway lines that link the capital...
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Matchmaking at AAL Forum – Bilbao

For 2018, the AAL Forum will once again be featuring a matchmaking service to give you the chance to make even more valuable connections with fellow delegates. The matchmaking service helps organize informal meetings between participants throughout the duration of the forum, allowing you the opportunity to find quiet space and time to meet potential business and cooperation partners. Why not get involved to have your chance to strike up real collaborations across borders with those who share your common goals. Sound interesting? Here’s why we think you might want to use this service: Deployers and suppliers can meet to create opportunities to get highly innovative AAL solutions out to those who need them Companies seeking external funding can meet...
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