The Pairing Initiative (part of the Twinning call)

Meeting new partners from other Reference Sites might be a daunting task. In order to help the community, create new connections, the IN-4-AHA consortium has launched the Pairing Initiative, as a part of its 2022 Twinnings call. Nevertheless, the decision to form a twinning pair and apply together is up to the institutions themselves. 

To assure a level of regional influence and a holistic ecosystem approach to innovation uptake and scale up, the twinning program and pairing initiative are exclusively targeted at organizations having Reference Site status. You can check the current reference sites at EIP on AHA: Repository of innovative practices | Futurium (europa.eu). If in doubt if your institution belongs to a reference site, check the list (per region) and contact the Reference Site Collaborative Network (RSCN) at Home – RSCN . 

The AHA community has a long-shared history. In some cases, twinning pairs occur organically, as institutions observe the innovations implemented by fellow reference sites, and wish to adopt them themselves. For those cases, a submission form has already been developed (IN-4-AHA twinning schemes 2022 (google.com)). But this might not be the case for new Reference Site members, or even for others willing to try something new, or share their innovations with different partners. They are the focus of this Pairing Initiative.

To help adopters and originators find one another, two sign up forms are available: 

The Pairing Initiative is open from November 23rd to December 3rd.

If an originator-adopter match is found, the participants will be invited to get to know each other via email to set up a possible partnership and submit their application for twinning. All twinning applications must be submitted by December the 10th.  

Want to know more about Twinnings? 

Our November webinar “Cross-border cooperation: Lessons from twinning and matchmaking events” offers a real example of innovative practice shared across multiple EU countries will be discussed, highlighting the impacts the twinning participation had in its development and growth. The event will be held on the 30th of November, 11:00 to 12:15 CET, and registrations are available in the link: Event – in4aha (tehnopol.ee) 

General feedback survey

The IN-4-AHA Consortium organises a variety of activities relevant to the project and the Active and Healthy Ageing community. As the project is situated firmly within that community, we are dedicated to welcoming feedback at any time. Whether it relates to a webinar, focus group, or any other activity organised by IN-4-AHA, we would love to receive your input and comments in order to continue improving our actions and play into the needs and wishes of our stakeholders as best we can.

For this purpose, we have opened a feedback form where you can share your opinions on activities you have attended, and also suggest possible topics to be included in future activities. You are welcome to fill out the feedback form as many times as you like, for different activities/webinars/workshops/etc., and you will remain entirely anonymous.


Use the button below to access the feedback form. This form remains open until the project ends. 

Toolkit feedback form

Dear AHA stakeholder,

Are you providing or developing solutions (service, innovation, product) to support active and healthy ageing? Would you like to give your input to the participatory design toolkit? 

The aim of this survey is to map current practices in end-user involvement of product/service development processes among different stakeholders in the active and healthy ageing domain (AHA)The information collected by the survey will be used to create the participatory design toolkit. 

How will it benefit you? You will receive the aggregated results and contribute to the creation of the toolkit and scale-up model that will be shared within the AHA community.

We invite you to take the survey, if:

  • Your organization has developed or has been involved in the development of an innovative solution for active and healthy ageing such as digital health or care solutions;
  • The end users of your solution are ageing citizens, formal or informal caregivers, family members, patients or other relevant target group.

The Innovation Networks for Scaling Active and Healthy Ageing (IN-4-AHA) is a Coordination and Support Action funded under the EU Horizon 2020 programme. The EU-funded IN-4-AHA project will enhance the uptake of digital innovations in active and healthy ageing.

Please submit your responses by October 19th, 2021, through clicking the button below.

IN-4-AHA highlights: What has been done?

It is safe to say that the summer flew by this year! The EU-funded Innovation Networks for Active and Healthy Ageing (IN-4-AHA) CSA believes that the same applies for the first 8 months of the project activities. IN-4-AHA has organized numerous events, stakeholder workshops and focus groups to engage with a wide range of stakeholders in the innovation and ageing domain. It is with that in mind that we are happy to share the recordings of those events with you.

During the online gatherings we discussed a variety of topics, such as the concept of Living Labs, citizen-empowerment, the importance of good practices, and impact assessments and innovation in AHA.

Did you miss the events and do you wish to receive invitations for upcoming webinars directly in your mailbox? Sign up here!  

May we introduce you to the finalists of the Open Call for the Living Lab Testing Scheme?

It is a wrap! The Open Call for the IN-4-AHA Living Lab Testing Scheme has closed for applications. The objective of the IN-4-AHA Open Call is to facilitate the scalability of innovative solutions in active and healthy ageing across EU. It offers testing opportunities and business coaching for innovative and scalable solutions. ​User-centered cross-border testing of selected innovations will be done in e-environments and physical spaces in Finland and Spain.  

 

HERE ARE OUR FIVE FINALISTS!

 

Over 25 organizations participated in the IN-4-AHA Open Call and five finalists have now been selected. The objective of IN-4-AHA Open Call was to facilitate the scalability of innovative solutions in active and healthy ageing across EU.

The Open Call and the developing process after selecting the finalists offers testing opportunities and business coaching for innovative and scalable solutions. ​With the finalists, user-centered cross-border testing of selected innovations will be done in e-environments and physical spaces in Finland and Spain.

The finalists will also receive testing opportunities with users in living labs in Finland and Spain, business coaching for scaling up from an international coaching team, and further feedback and reporting. 

Here are the finalists, with whom we will continue the developing process of selected innovations (in alphabetical order): 

AVECEN

AVECEN is the virtual assistant for active ageing of people with neurodegenerative mental illnesses. The objective of the project is the development of a distributed platform that allows self-management of neurodegenerative diseases by patients as well as decision-making by medical professionals and caregivers of their environment. For this, the creation of a dynamic virtual assistant is proposed that continuously monitors and evaluates the execution of certain clinical and lifestyle routines. The assistant is also making recommendations adapted to the patient’s condition and evaluating their frequent or habitual behavior at all times, allowing to understand its evolution over time.

AVECEN is a project led by Plexus Tech, an IT products and services consultancy with more than 20 years of experience in the sector. Other project partners are Arcade Consultores and Insati Innovation.

COQUUS

COQUUS is a software for integrating menus with user-specific informating for healthy eating. The goal of Coquus, developed by Novos Sistemas de Información, is better nourished and happier elderlies. Coquus is a software integrating different menus with their technical sheets, allergens, costs and nutritional assessments with the characteristics of diners such as allergies and tastes, and by combining both decides what each person should take.

ENNA

ENNA is an operating concept for tablets to facilitate independent digital communication for beginners. Enna by uCare enables digital beginners to communicate independently digitally and to access and use digital content such as entertainment and support. For this purpose, tablet is extended with a haptic operating concept.

MYONTEC

Myontec develops smart clothes to motivate elderly people to keep their muscles activated and maintain good balance. Myontec is the cutting-edge wearables company which takes muscle activation technology – electromyography (EMG) – out of the lab, for a new dimension in understanding muscles behavior.

TEMPID SMART PATCH

TEMPID SMART PATCH is a body temperature logger with mobile application. TempID Smart Patch is a reusable body temperature logger with mobile application for early detection of health risks, potential infection and other health related issues. The aim is to support remote care and increase efficiency.

 

Second survey for service providers

Dear service provider!

Are you providing solutions (service, innovation, product) to people 65+ to support active and healthy ageing? Do you wish to share your good practice with peers?

The aim of this survey is to map current practices in data management among the service providers in the active and healthy ageing domain (AHA). The information collected by the survey will be used to create guidelines on the topic.

What’s in it for you? You will receive the aggregated results and contribute to improved know-how  that will be shared within the AHA community.

We invite you to take the survey, if you answer yes to at least 2 of the following points:

  • Your organization has developed an innovative solution for active and healthy ageing such as digital health or care solutions;
  • The end users are seniors (65 years or older), formal or informal caregivers or other organizations providing solution to end users;
  • Your service has been brought to market in at least one EU state, and you aim to scale it up and go outside your home market.

The Innovation Networks for Scaling Active and Healthy Ageing (IN-4-AHA) is a Coordination and Support Action funded under the EU Horizon 2020 programme. The EU-funded IN-4-AHA project will enhance the uptake of digital innovations in active and healthy ageing.

Please submit your responses by July 30th, 2021.

IN-4-AHA best practice month!

Active and healthy ageing communities have always been knowledge sharing spaces for experts from all over Europe. Researchers, innovators, policy makers, users, among others joined forces to develop and deliver workable solutions to improve the lives of ageing European citizens.

And so, to both capture both the excellence of our network’s projects, but also provide our consortium with valuable information on how to design and implement good practices, IN-4-AHA is promoting this early summer season as Good Practice month! Between 11 June and 11 July, we invite you to post your best practices on the Futurium platform! Three participants will then be invited to present their work in one of our webinars.

How to participate?

1.      Make sure you have a Futurium account and sign up to one of its subforums on Futurium Active and Healthy Living in the Digital World

2.      Post your good practice in the Best Practices section. Following the posting guidelines is recommended (Length – 10 lines; TRL level of the developed solution; where, by whom and how the solution has been created, tested, and deployed; link to full information, video, or other graphic material)

3.      Use the IN4AHA hashtag (#IN4AHA) – You can type it out manually in the “tags” box and the system will accept it. It may not be in the suggestions at first but it you will still be able to add it

4.      Done!

The deadline for sharing best practices is extended until 12 July COB.

IN-4-AHA’s fourth and last Focus Group held in Galicia (ES)

In May 2021, the Innovation Networks for Scaling Active and Healthy Ageing (IN-4-AHA) organized its first work package 4.2 activity in Galicia (ES). The event was organized by the Galician Health Cluster (CSG) and aimed to discuss the accessibility of technological solutions for active and healthy ageing. 

IN-4-AHA aims to develop technological solutions which are fit for purpose and aligned with people-centered technologies. All solutions should favor the well-being and quality of life of people, and must be accessible, affordable, and adapted to the target group. The well-being of people runs like a thread through the project and its outcomes.  

CSG carried out 3 Focus Groups involving people over 65, professionals from the social and health sector and relatives of elderly people, with the aim of finding out their opinions regarding the accessibility of technological solutions for ageing.

The fourth and last Focus Group, held on 24 May 2021, was attended by professionals from the CSG’s Living Lab network. The IN-4-AHA project was represented by Piret Hirv,Health Tech Manager at Tehnopol and IN-4-AHA’s project coordinator and WP3 leader, in charge of engagement stakeholder and Hille Hinsberg, Product Manager at Proud Engineers and WP5 leader, in charge of impact measurement indicators for the evaluation of the testing process in the IN-4-AHA project.

During the meeting, results of the previous Focus Groups were presented and a final decalogue of values was developed, which should serve as a guide and orientation for the design of people-centered technological solutions. 

Focus Groups make it possible to identify barriers and facilitators in the experiences of using the technological solutions. The outcomes of these meetings are crucial in the adoption of the innovative projects selected in the open call of IN-4-AHA. The solutions will be tested in the network of CSG Living Labs.  

Webinar: Senior Empowerment: adapting technologies to fit older populations

What European projects are enhancing the adoption of technologies for older populations? What are the struggles and successes felt in this regard?

This webinar wants to discuss ongoing projects working in the empowerment of senior or aging citizens through the introduction of new technologies and digital solutions. As always, we also want to address which gaps exist and which are the difficulties identified in scaling up these new solutions. Register here.

Date: May 28
Time: 15:00-16:00 (CET)

Agenda:

15:00-15:05 Introductory words by Elísio Costa , Porto4Ageing (University of Porto)

15:05-15:35 Projects/Institutions working in innovation or technology adoption.
Giuseppe Fico , Technical Manager at Gatekeeper project.
Niamh Redmond, Project Manager at the SHAPES project
Javier Ganzarain Co-founder, and CEO at AFEdemy.

15:35-16:00 Open discussion and Q&A.
Moderated by Gisela Garcia-Alvarez , Managing Director at Cluster Sáude Galicia, Kaija Villman-Alvarez, Project Manager at XAMK, and Cláudio Santos, Porto4Ageing (University of Porto).

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101017603.

Internal Consortium and Advisory Board workshop

The IN-4-AHA consortium organized its internal workshop on 11 May. For this occasion, the Advisory Board was invited to discuss the topic of stakeholder engagement and the overall participatory design process.

Valentina Tageo, member of the Advisory Board, joined the meeting to discuss methods and practices for the participatory design for digital AHA solutions. Additional presentations were given by Mireia Ferri, responsible for the co-creation process of the ValueCare project, and Nathalia Machedo, who works for Caritas Coimbra, a leading organisation of the ECHAlliance Portuguese ecosystem and responsible for the co-creation process design of several projects. 

The presentation of Valentina Tageo has been uploaded below. Would you like to get in touch with us and learn more about our work? Contact us or follow us on social media!