Author: Pippa Smith

15 semi-finalists with products and services that use innovative digital technologies to support older people to participate fully in social life have been selected in the Smart Ageing Prize. The second collaboration between the AAL Programme and Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre, the prize called for digital products and services that facilitate real world interactions to improve quality of life.

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Announcing the second Smart Ageing Prize

Evidence suggests that maintaining older people’s social relationships is linked to continuing health, wellbeing and quality of life. Older people are more at risk than the general population of social isolation and the knock-on effects on their physical and mental health. Supporting older people to maintain and extend their social relationships will help them to remain healthy and active for longer into later life.

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Eight industry leaders and experts in technology, design, healthcare and ageing from across Europe comprise the judging panel of the Smart Ageing Prize.

The judges will decide the 15 semi-finalists and eventually the winners of the €50,000 prize.

Find out below what each of them is looking for in an application – it might just be helpful for your submission!

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Shabs Rajasekharan: Judge’s View

The Smart Ageing Prize is offering €50,000 for products and services that use innovative digital technologies to support older adults to participate fully in social life.

Dr Shabs Rajasekharan is a consultant for Smarter Futures EESV, supporting entrepreneurial teams to create new markets. He is one of the eight judges for the Smart Ageing Prize, run by the AAL Programme and supported by Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre.

With four weeks to go to the deadline, we spoke to Shabs to find out what he will be looking for from applications to the challenge.

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