17
Mar

Smart Ageing Challenge Prize Webinar

  The AAL Smart Ageing Prize webinar was held at 9am yesterday, 16th March, providing an introduction to the competition, an idea of how to enter and what the judges are looking for in the winning entry. The webinar featured presentations from Karina Marcus of AAL, Ovidiu Vermesan of the European IOT Research Cluster and Tris Dyson from Nesta’s Centre for Challenge Prizes. For all those that attended the webinar, we hope you enjoyed it but for anyone who missed it, you can catch up above and find out how you could win €50k with your smart ageing idea. More on the AAL Smart Ageing Prize Challenge Prize Centre website
17
Mar

Kick-starting innovation with a €50,000 challenge prize

Kick-starting innovation with a €50,000 challenge prize   It is estimated that by 2020 up to 100 billion devices will be connected to the rapidly emerging Internet of Things (IoT). And that’s just a start as more and more sensors, actuators and microcontrollers are embedded into virtually everything on the planet. At the centre of the IoT, of course, are not things at all, but us – human beings, making use of the applications and services these connections enable. And that’s big business. If we look at the IoT in simple economic terms, research by Gartner predicts that it will generate an estimated $2 trillion in global economic value by 2020. There is little doubt, therefore, that the IoT is...
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16
Mar

Experience: winning the AAL Award

The AAL Award is one of the main highlights of the forum, in which three projects present their goals and business case in front of a panel of judges and the audience. The award is intended to recognise the most promising project of the AAL Programme. The winner must show that it demonstrates great promise in terms of innovation, a human-centric approach to development, and excellent market potential. The format of the award is conceived in an effort to enable the project’s coordinator and consortium to work with a more market-oriented attitude. The final contest is inspired to the style of the “Dragon’s Den” where each project pitches to convince the panel of evaluators and the audience. Each presenter has five...
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15
Mar

Find out how to win €50k with your smart ageing idea

Find out how to win €50k with your smart ageing idea It is estimated that by 2020 up to 100 billion devices will be connected to the rapidly emerging Internet of Things (IoT). And that’s just a start as more and more sensors, actuators and microcontrollers are embedded into virtually everything on the planet. At the centre of the IoT, of course, are not things at all, but us – human being, making use of the applications and services these connections enable. There is little doubt that the IoT is going to revolutionise the way we live. Perhaps one of the greatest opportunities the IOT provides will be to enable older people to live more active, healthy lives for longer,...
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2
Mar

AAL launches Smart Ageing Prize

AAL has launched a competition to find the best innovation to improve the quality of life for older people using the Internet of Things, with a €50,000 cash prize for the winner. The winner will be announced from a shortlist of fifteen finalists at the AAL Forum in St Gallen, Switzerland in September 2016. The AAL Smart Ageing Prize has been launched to encourage innovation with internet connected technology designed to empower older people to achieve the best possible quality of life, socially and independently. Judges will be looking for solutions that improve connectivity between older people in any aspect of life – at home or at work, with transport and mobility or with any other service older people may want or need....
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23
Feb

Call for Sessions

The AAL Forum is the yearly event of the AAL Programme. Active participation and interaction between the forum attendees is key in the 2016 AAL Forum program. In 2016 we aim to create a vibrant interactive event, building on the creativity and the commitment of the AAL community. In this AAL Forum we want to explore the different aspects influencing the easy availability of AAL technologies and solutions in Europe with a special emphasis on showcasing AAL technologies and solutions. Through this call for interactive sessions & workshops, we invite the AAL community to contribute to the AAL Forum by organising interactive sessions and workshops. We invite you to send in your proposals for the design and the organization of...
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23
Feb

10 AAL innovations that have created real impact

When the AAL Programme was established in 2008, it was focused on addressing the needs of the ageing population by using ICT and other technological solutions to enhance the quality of life for older adults. Throughout the intervening years, however, the AAL has never lost sight of the fact that by developing the products and services older people not only need, but also want, there are huge economic opportunities to grasp. This special publication celebrates the success of 10 AAL Programme projects that have, in a variety of ways, taken their research to market. This road is often long and tough, but these AAL projects prove that if the need is there and an innovative technology is developed to meet...
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22
Feb

Canada joins AAL

  For the first time Canada will be an official partner in the upcoming Active Assisted Living (AAL) call. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the official Canadian representative for the AAL General Assembly. The 2016 call on Living Well with Dementia will feature the Canadian partner organisations: CIHR Institutes of Ageing and of Health Services and Policy Research, AGE-WELL NCE and TVN. This provides a unique and exciting opportunity for other AALA members to collaborate with Canadian researchers in providing integrated ICT solutions to support the wellbeing of people living with dementia, and their communities. The Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) is the Canadian government’s health research investment agency. CIHR’s mission is to create new scientific knowledge...
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