September 2018

Ongi Etorri! (Welcome!). Basic words and customs in Bilbao/Bizkaia

Ongi etorri! This is the expression used to welcome outsiders in the ancient, little-known Basque language (one of the oldest in Europe). You are sure to hear it many times when you attend the forthcoming AAL Forum 2018 in Bilbao, the capital city of Bizkaia. And those who say it will really mean it. If there is one thing that Basque in general and people from Bizkaia in particular love, it is to make visitors feel at home. What is more, people here will go to great lengths to make visitors feel at ease and help them enjoy the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the city, which is surrounded by unique natural beauty spots (both on the coast and inland). Another key...
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Wirtschaftsagentur Wien will be acting on behalf of Vienna City and other partners at the exhibition and will be bringing two companies from Vienna as testimonial.   For over 30 years, the Vienna Business Agency has been actively supporting the development of Vienna as a business location. As the first point of contact for national and international companies, the Vienna Business Agency offers advice, real estate, and financial funding. The goal is to strengthen innovative companies in Vienna along with their innovative capacity. Vienna Business Agency is currently part of the IC3 project. Are you interested in Viennese companies and AAL projects? Visit their stand! The two represented companies are: Johanniter Ausbildung und Forschung who participate in several AAL projects,...
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Diatomic is a H2020 DIATOMIC project establishing a sustainable ecosystem to facilitate digital innovation in the field of microelectronics and smart systems integration applied to health, agriculture, and industry. The project will distribute three million euros to small projects of 200,000 euros, in two calls. After the success of the first call – 85 applications submitted, from 22 European countries – the second call will distribute 1.5 million euros, is planned to open 1 November 2018 and close 31 of January 2019. This means that SMEs will start soon doing partner search for competence centres on DIATOMIC platform. The Instituto Pedro Nunes (IPN) is coordinating the DIATOMICs Health Digital Innovation Hub (DIH) and aims to promote innovation and the transfer...
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Posters Presentations Day One

Be sure to visit the poster presentation sessions taking place during the 2018 AAL Forum to hear about some of the latest advances, developments and topical discussions in active and healthy ageing. Across the two-day event there will be 35 poster presentations, categorised by either one of three themes: Theme 1: Life after AAL – Ensuring AAL solutions getting to the market Theme 2: Business to consumer market: The silver economy dimension Theme 3: AAL-related eco-systems The 10-minute long presentations will take place during the morning coffee breaks (from 10:30 – 11:00) and the lunch breaks (12:30 – 14:00) on the Tuesday and Wednesday. There will be two digital poster presentations happening at the same time so that the posters...
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Leading researchers from the Leicester-based De Montfort University in the UK, will be exhibiting their expertise and international reputation for quality, research and innovation to help older people in smart home environments with their project ACROSSING – Advanced TeChnologies and PlatfoRm fOr Smarter Assisted LivING.

AAL Exhibitor – ConnectedCare – EXHIBITOR Nº6

From the team at ConnectedCare, they will be bringing delegates of the AAL Forum the MedGUIDE prototype. This AAL project is a new approach towards improving how people with dementia take their medication and how professionals properly asses their symptoms and update their medication. MedGUIDE also looks to use smart pill boxes and actively involve informal caregivers through social networking techniques and by using IoT devices to improve this medication adherence.

AAL Exhibitor – Ideable Solutions – EXHIBITOR Nº5

Ideable’s exhibition stand the AAL Forum 2018 will be jam-packed with VR games, tablets and serious games in order to not only entice you but to show you the excellent developments they have made as a software SME focused on elderly care and eHealth. As one of the 20 European winners of the FICHe eHealth accelerator’s, Ideable will be displaying Kwido, a multi-device platform for caring for elderly people they have built, as well as Zocaalo, the European marketplace that certifies apps for elderly users.

AAL FORUM 2018 – BILBAO – biggest healthy ageing event of the year!

There is still time to register for the biggest healthy ageing event of the year There is still time to register for the AAL Forum 2018 – and you really don’t want to miss this fantastic opportunity! The AAL Forum is an unmissable annual 2-day event taking place this year in the beautiful and highly accessible city of Bilbao in the heart of Spain’s wonderful Basque region and featuring a packed programme of interactive workshops, fascinating keynote speeches and an inspiring exhibition. Delegates will also get the chance to take full advantage of a whole host of side events and networking opportunities. Exhibition The AAL exhibition will be showcasing the latest technological advances and innovations in the field of active...
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How design can positively impact on active and healthy ageing? – Interview Jeremy Myerson

On a two-year tour around the globe, an exhibition is currently asking the question: how can designers meet the challenge of a rapidly ageing society? Science is advancing in how it understands the onset of ageing and chronic disease, while technology is stealing the limelight in extending our happy and healthy years for longer. But what does design have to complement these two and what can it offer that our ageing population needs? This new exhibition, New Old: Designing for our future selves, is answering the question of how we can transform the experience of ageing. That answer is seemingly simple – we need to be sensitive – and evidently a touch of sensitivity can go a long way, if...
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The Euskalduna Conference Centre, symbol of Bilbao’s industrial regeneration

With just a short time to go to the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Euskalduna Conference Centre (the venue of the forthcoming AAL Forum 2018), Bilbao’s modern and versatile conference centre and concert hall has undeniably become one of the flagships of the transformation process of the capital of Bizkaia and one of the symbols of the new contemporary architecture that has  turned Bilbao into one of Europe’s most avant-garde cities The Euskalduna Conference Centre –named as the World’s Best Congress Centre in 2003– owes its name to the fact that it was built on the very land that had been home to the Euskalduna shipyards for over a century. The design of the centre (by the architects...
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