Interactive sessions & workshops (25th September)

DAY 1 – Tuesday, September 25th

Workshop 1 – 9h00-10h30

Municipalities as an Enabler for AAL Markets

Dr Urs Guggenbühl, co-director of Competence Centre AAL, University of Applied Sciences St. Gallen, and Prof Dr Sabina Misoch, will be leading this workshop.

Municipalities, which are responsible for their older citizens, seem to be predestined to coordinate the setup of AAL solutions in their constituency and enable older adults an independent life at home for as long as possible. During this workshop, the first results of the survey carried out by two small Swiss municipalities (Speicher and Trogen, accounting for around 1,300 citizens over 65 years old) will be presented. With the results of this survey the municipalities plan to develop and implement a strategy to support older citizens with appropriate AAL solutions in the future. One of the major challenges to cope within this initiative is the design and implementation of AAL solutions in a small and rural setting. During this workshop we will have the opportunity to discuss the approach of the survey, explore ways of implementing our strategy throughout Europe and generate new ideas around this subject.

Additional speakers: Natalia Bezzola, Claudia Fichtner

Workshop 2 – 9h00-10h30

Destigmatisation in the silver economy: designing products for the silver age without stigma

Alain Denis, as the managing director of Yellow Window will lead the workshop. Alain Denis has ample experience and knowledge on product/service development and introduction. Yellow Window is a design consultancy agency working on both products and services.

The workshop touches an important aspect of the product development and marketing, making sure that the products and services that will emerge in the Silver Age Market will not only correspond to the needs and want of the silver age, but also will treat them with respect and avoid stigmatization. The main objectives of the workshop are: to build awareness on stigmatizing design and the necessity of conscious choices during the design, development and communication processes to bring out products that do not stigmatize the silver age and to introduce tools that can be used to stimulate destigmatization in all stages of product/service introduction.

TUOI CEO Tanguy de Briey will participate in the workshop as an expert and will give a short presentation on how their brand tackles destigmatisation of products and communication. TUOI is a new brand launched in April 2018 that focuses on designing and developing non-stigmatising products for the silver age.

Additional speakers: Diana Goderich (Yellow Window) – Communication Officer; Tanguy de Briey (Tuoi) – Commercial manager

Workshop 3 – 9h00-10h30

Co-designing future European collaboration on ‘Ageing well in a digital world’

Nicola Filizola, Communication and Public Affairs Officer of the AAL Programme, will organise this session.

We are all well aware that Europe is facing accelerating economic, social and healthcare challenges from demographic change. The AAL programme together with the complementary activities in Horizon 2020, the EIP AHA and the EIT Health, constitutes one of the world’s largest research and innovation initiatives addressing Active & Healthy Ageing. The AAL believes that it can make a real contribution to this process by capitalizing on the networks and collaborative support actions developed by AAL and other European programmes in the past – by taking them to the next level. It’s time to interconnect regional and national innovation networks in Europe and transform them into viable, practice-oriented eco-systems. In this session, the AAL team would like to exchange with its community and gather various point of views and suggestions in this area aiming to get your vision of ageing well in Europe over the coming decade.

Workshop 4 – 9h00-10h30

Citizigner: Inclusive, User empowerment

Dr. John Mc Grory, lecturer in electrical, intelligent automation and process control at the Dublin Institute of Technology, will coordinate the workshop.

The workshop will focus on a new approach called “Citizigner” (Citizens that act as designers), which relates to the discussion, thinking and development of indicators for empowering a new generation of designers: All the Citizens. One of the innovative aspects of this workshop is the demonstration of how existing successful services and products can enable a new generation of Citizigners through the participation of an exceptional speaker: Charlie Pritchard formerly head of DMC at the Dublin Institute of Technology: one of the best-case studies of a “Citizigner”. One of the main outcome will be to increase awareness among the stakeholders and participants on how people can approach the “Citizigner” revolution.

Additional speakers: Charlie Pritchard formerly head of DMC at the Dublin Institute of Technology; Matteo Zallio, Architect and Research fellow at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Environmental Sustainability & Health.

Workshop 5 – 14h00-15h30

Joining up age-friendly smart homes and smart communities: Voices in standardization

Frederic Lievens, from Telehealth Quality Group, will lead the discussion.

Smart technologies, appliances and services that make up a smart environment need to be interoperable, secure, usable and accessible to be used by (older) people and thus taken up by the market. The objective of this workshop is to undertake a reflection process with various stakeholders in two ways. First, on the opportunity and challenges to use existing standards. Second, how to participate in standardisation to voice grassroots stakeholders’ needs and strengthen standards’ role in making the market work for all. Following a learning-by-doing strategy, workshop participants will work on concrete use case(s) relating to smart homes and communities. They will be asked to voice the requirements and possible challenges that standards would need to take account of in the field of smart homes.

Additional speakers: Stephan Schug, EHTEL, European Health Telematics Association; Estelle Huchet, AGE Platform Europe, the Voice of Older Persons at EU Level.

Workshop 6 – 14h00-15h30

Turning Alexa into AALexa: how to utilize consumer products for Active Assisted Living

Kristina Förster, from University of Innsbruck, will coordinate the workshop.

The session collects ideas on how consumer products, such as voice recognition or smart home systems can be utilized for AAL-related target groups. We aim to discuss, if and how certain consumer products can be used for the ‘NewOld’ as a dedicated market segment. It should also be considered; which limitations and chances can be discovered and need to be considered. The categorisation of TAALXONOMY will also be presented and applied to different use cases.

After the input from the speakers, there will follow an interactive session, which aims to identify the experience and ideas of participants about AAL related consumer products.

Additional speakers: Martin Illecker, SIS Consulting GmbH; Sonja Vigl, EURACH research.

Workshop 7 – 14h00-14h45

AAL AUSTRIA supporting the Austrian eco system for dementia care by AAL solutions – discussion of various dimensions and best practice examples

Maria Fellner, from JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH and Board member of AAL AUSTRIA, is leading this session.

AAL AUSTRIA is the Austrian innovation platform for intelligent assistance in daily living. In 2018 it focuses on dementia. AAL AUSTRIA would like to support and strengthen this eco system related to AAL and dementia by contributing to events like the AAL FORUM. The workshop will present the Austrian eco-system of AAL solutions for dementia care. It will exchange experience at an international level with other experts to compare the situation in Austria with their countries. This way it will foster, promote and interlink the several AAL JP projects related with dementia.

Additional speakers: Dr. Sandra Schüssler & Prof. Marisa Koini or Prof. Reinhold Schmidt from Medical University of Graz, Austria.

Workshop 8 – 14h45-15h30

Risk Competence in AAL and technology innovations as viewed by users and policy

Maggie Ellis, EKTG Coordinator and Managing Director, West Square Associates, will coordinate the session.

The session proposes that ’Good Government’ cares about the health, the well-being, the security and the resilience of its population. It will identify the known and potential risks involved with possible methodologies to overcome and avoid unwanted issues. The objective is to review how well-being, health, security, resilience, and outcome can benefit citizens in Europe. Participants will better understand these topics and the innovation in Europe. Speakers and participants will exchange issues and views in open discussion and debate

Additional speakers: Rafael De Andrés Medina, President AAL 2014-2018, as workshop leader; Professor Ai Liam Lim, Director of Occupational Therapy, Bellevue Hospital, New York, and affiliated to NYU School of Medicine, NY, USA; Dr. Liz Mestheneos, 50plus Hellas, Hellenic Gerontological and Geriatric Association.

Workshop 9 – 14h00-15h30

The Art of the Business Case

Soren Jensen, Executive MBA, MSc Eng., from Heveas ApS, will lead the session. He has evaluated business plans for the EU-Commission since 2009.

This is an interactive workshop where diverse teams will prepare and present a Business Case using the practical tools introduced in the beginning of the workshop. We will present and apply the same methods, in a simplified form, which we are presently using with three Danish Municipalities as part of a Public-Private Innovation.

Additional speakers: Flavia Arantes Jensen, BSc Psych. (Heveas ApS).

Workshop 10 – 16h00-17h30

Growing the AAL market: ensuring effective deployment of real life solutions

Paul Simmonds and Dr. Kristine Farla, from Technopolis Group, will moderate this session.

The workshop will bring together developers and investors. They will provide an overview of the size of AAL market, the opportunity areas and key bottlenecks to introduce AAL solutions to market. A panel of investors and market experts will present their ideas for growing and transforming the AAL Market in Europe. Ideas will be further explored in breakout groups. Discussions will focus on identifying solutions for effective deployment and to overcome challenges that developers face.

Additional speakers on expert panel: Dr. Yael Benvenisti, Mediterranean Tower Ventures; Jackie Marshall-Cyrus; and Jaime del Castillo, Infyde.

Workshop 11 – 16h00-17h30

High Tech, High Touch: Authorized Active Advisors as mediators between AAL providers and consumers.

Daniel Heery, Cybermoor, will coordinate this session.

The workshop will introduce the ‘Authorized Active Advisors’ concept, that can be conceptualized as a mediator between AAL providers and consumers, helping users with the process of informed decision-making. These advisors act as a human addition to the electronic platform and can help to overcome the fear of isolation and loneliness, enhance trust in AAL advisory and encourage older adults to participate in digital communities – a human touch to the ICT platform. However, many open questions are in place regarding the Human advisor concept. This workshop will focus on debating some of those open questions, including: Who should/could be an Authorized Active Advisor?, What training should these Authorized Active Advisors receive?, Which aspects must be covered in their code of conduct to ensure service quality?, and so on.

Additional speakers: Rita Tavares Sousa, Education Specialist, Researcher at CINTESIS; Soraia Teles, Psychologist, Researcher at ICBAS-CINTESIS.

Workshop 12 – 16h00-17h30

Smart Healthy Age Friendly Environments and the role of caregivers in the deployment of ICT based approaches

The session will be coordinated by Raquel Sousa, INOVA Mais, and Willeke van Staalduinen, coordinator of the Thematic Network on Smart Healthy Age Friendly Environments and co-founder AFEdemy.

The Thematic Network on Smart Healthy Age Friendly Environments (TN SHAFE), has the objective to co-create on 2018 a Joint Statement (a one voice paper of non-governmental organisations) that summarizes a common position on how to achieve affordable, large-scaled smart healthy age-friendly environments in Europe. During the workshop we will present the first draft of the Joint Statement that will be delivered by the end of October to the European Commission and start the discussion with the audience on the content, messages and solutions presented and that could be reshaped or redefined. We will also present and discuss about the guidelines of the Green Paper on the role of caregivers in ICT, that is being prepared by C2 and D4 groups of EIPonAHA.

The main objective of the workshop is to actively involve the experience and practices of the audience on how to achieve affordable, large-scaled smart age-friendly environments in Europe, how to improve the engagement of caregivers and how to achieve a more efficient health care system that adds better quality for less investment.

Additional Speakers: Javier Ganzarain, Co-founder AFEdemy, Spain.

Workshop 13 – 16h00-17h30

Connecting values, connecting markets: a World Café to discuss developments in dementia business

Marije Blok, from National Foundation for the Elderly (NFE), will coordinate this session.

The aim of this workshop is to explore and discuss the opportunities in business models for innovative solutions for people with dementia and their social as well as professional environment. In order to reach this, we will work on a selection of elements of the Business Model Canvas in a World Café setting in which participants all have their own role, stakes and interests. A number of innovative projects will be presented from several perspectives. These projects have in common that they aim to connect people with dementia and the ones around them, using innovative means.

Additional speakers: Stefan Schürz (LIFEtool – Austria); Nina van der Vaart (NFE – Netherlands); Dolf Becx (Consultancy Zorg Giersbergen –Netherlands); and Paul Pelsmaeker, co-founder Digitale Zorg (NL).

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