Smart Ageing Prize

A €50,000 Challenge Prize by the AAL Programme for the best innovation
in Internet-connected devices and technologies that will empower older adults to achieve the quality of life they aspire to, socially and independently.

Launch
29 Feb 2016
Application Deadline
13 May 2016
Academy
14-15 July 2016
Awards Ceremony
27 September 2016

The Problem

Globally, the ageing population is increasing at an unprecedented rate. By 2060 one in three Europeans will be over 65. This demographic shift presents a challenge as well as an exciting commercial opportunity as the Silver Economy emerges as a new market.

Innovative technological approaches are needed that cater to the needs and aspirations of older adults, empowering them to continue to lead independent lives and play an active role in society, whether that be at home, work, education, or in their community.

How can the Internet of Things help older adults to live independent lives?

How can the Internet of Things help older adults to live independent lives?

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About AAL

The Active and Assistive Living (AAL) Programme is a €700 million funding initiative focused exclusively on developing ICT solutions for active and healthy ageing. The overall objective of AAL is to enhance the quality of life of older adults while strengthening the industrial base in Europe through the use of ICT.

Since 2008, AAL has funded more than 190 trans-national innovation projects with over 1000 partners. Through its funding the AAL Programme helps to bring new ICT-based products, solutions and services onto the market.

To find out more about AAL visit their Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages.

The Challenge Prize

The AAL Programme is seeking innovations in internet connected devices and technologies (Internet of Things) that will empower older adults to achieve the quality of life they aspire to, socially and independently.

The innovation should present a business opportunity which improves connectivity between older adults, devices and technologies related to any aspect of their life (e.g., home, social, work, study, transport or services).

Innovations must involve older adults in the development and testing of the technology.

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Challenge Prize Timeline

The Prize will help the most innovative ideas to turn into real projects which can achieve commercial sustainability and have a positive impact on older people.

  • Fifteen of the most promising applications will be chosen as Finalists and will be invited to a social innovation mentoring academy in Brussels in July, where they will receive expert coaching and support to develop their ideas.
  • Each Finalist will be granted €500 to develop a prototype to demonstrate at the event. Following the Academy the 15 Finalists will be asked to submit a detailed plan of their idea by 17 August.

 

 

 

  • From these detailed plans, five applicants will be selected who will have the opportunity to attend the AAL Forum in St Gallen, Switzerland between 26-28 September 2016.
  • One winner will be announced at the AAL Forum and will be awarded a prize of €50,000.

 

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How to Apply

The Smart Ageing Prize is now closed to applications.

Our panel of judges have selected 15 Finalists, who all met the following judging criteria. The 15 Finalists will now attend the social innovation mentoring academy in Brussels, where they will receive expert coaching and support before submitting their detailed plans.

Entrants may still wish to refer to the Challenge Prize Terms and Conditions and FAQs.

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