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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AAL FORUM Stand Award Prize 2018

After its success at last year’s AAL Forum, 2018 will see the return of the prestigious Stand Award Prize, where forum exhibitors are asked to promote their stand to end-users in the AAL community, reinforcing the programme’s commitment to involve its target market and engage with it at every opportunity. This entertainment is open to all registered exhibitors (though it’s not compulsory). The competition sees each exhibitor present its product or service, in no longer than seven minutes, to a jury composed of elderly people, who will assess what they see and hear on the following criteria: – Does it meet the needs of end-users? – How it supports active ageing – Its design attractiveness – Its usability On the...
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AAL FORUM EXHIBITORS – Cogvis software und consulting GmbH – EXHIBITOR Nº4

Cogvis, known for their expertise in intelligent analysis of 3D data and images, developing and selling innovative AAL solutions to help older adults live healthier more independent lives, will be exhibiting the project EnterTrain at the 2018 AAL Forum.  EnterTrain, driven by its name as an entertaining product that enhances the independence of older adults through motivational physical training, is an exciting gaming platform with some very interesting body movement games which you will be allowed you to test at this year’s forum. This new technology detects movement, assesses individual mobility and is personalised so users can have fun gaming, and inconspicuously training, at home. Cogvis, originally founded as a spin-off of the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), have...
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The quality of life of older people in Bizkaia, as an example at the AAL Forum 2018

Bizkaia –the host territory of the upcoming AAL Forum 2018 which will be held between 24 and 26 September- is a clear example of healthy living for older persons and of how the involvement of the different public authorities and social stakeholders may foster the application of public-private strategies to extend the active life of older persons and prevent/delay dependency in that segment. Certainly, Bizkaia has firsthand experience of the reversal of the population pyramid that is already affecting western societies (and hitting European societies harder). At present, one out of every 5 of the province’s inhabitants (i.e., around 240,000 people) are over 65 years old. Furthermore, the majority of Bizkaia citizens can aspire to live to over 80, according...
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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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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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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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