AAL Smart Ageing Challenge Prize Finalists – Tavla
TAVLA: A new app platform to enable care for older adults
Innovative platform provides new app development process to allow people of different limitations to use technology
TAVLA is a new app platform for seniors and disabled people that improves their quality of life and enables them to stay longer and self-determined at home. TAVLA empowers care providers to develop apps for their services and reach their customers more easily. This increases the quality of life and security of older adults in their beloved homes.
Due to the innovative interaction model of TAVLA the usability of apps is much more intuitive and can be personalised. This innovative and standardised interaction model has not been implemented by any other platform so far. The individual setup makes TAVLA usable for people with different limitations. This helps to make up-to-date technology usable for everyone following the “design-for-all” approach.
Service providers benefit from this innovative app development process by saving time and costs and through reaching new customers. As a European Cooperative Society, the group behind TAVLA is not focused on profit maximisation. In fact, users directly benefit from the success of TAVLA. The combination of the innovative interaction model, the open platform and the legal form of the company makes this a unique prospect and bodes well for the sustainability of the company.
Now TAVLA has been shortlisted for the first ever Active and Assisted Living (AAL) Challenge Prize, which is awarding €50,000 for the best product or idea that uses internet connectivity and the Internet of Things (IoT) to empower older adults to achieve the quality of life to which they aspire, socially and independently.
15 entrants from a healthy total of 200 have now been shortlisted for the prize and these finalists attended a special Innovation Academy in Brussels in July, where their ideas were further scrutinised by the judges and where they recieved advice on how their ideas can be further commercialised for what is a massively growing market.
Karin Weiss, Deputy Managing Director and Head of Grants at the AGE Foundation and one of the competition judges, said: “We were delighted by the variety of entries we received. We saw many interesting solutions and were particularly impressed by the approach taken to bridging the gap between the older and younger generations, as well as the approach to stabilising the quality of life at home for older people.
“The challenge now is to identify a winner that is exciting, commercially viable and close to the edge of the market,” she adds. “We want to see the prize being used to connect this potential with investors, refining the prototypes and creating impetus to get the solution to market.”
A huge amount of work is being done in the Germany in the sector and, with designers already engaged in developing solutions designed to increase the quality of life for older people, hopes are high that this simple, smart solution will pick up the top prize when it is announced at the AAL Forum, being held at St Gallen, Switzerland, in September.
For more information about the AAL and the AAL Forum, visit: https://www.aalforum.eu/