The Smart Ageing Prize awards €50,000 to 3 innovative solutions for active and healthy ageing.
The three winners of the 2018 Smart Ageing Prize were announced during the first day of the AAL Forum in Bilbao, Spain on 24th September.
The Smart Ageing Prize, a collaboration between the Active and Assistive Living (AAL) Programme and Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre, recognizes the issue of social isolation and loneliness among older adults, seeking digital technologies that facilitate real world interactions to improve quality of life, while ensuring that they are designed and promoted appropriately for the aspirations of these consumer groups.
Constance Agyeman, Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre, said: “We were looking for ideas that could really enhance the quality of someone’s social life – whether that be from their home or supporting them to get out and about. We have seen an incredible breadth of ideas and the most powerful ones were the simplest and user friendly – ideas that focused on connecting people and the world around them and we hope the Prize will allow the innovators to connect more of our ageing population, across the globe.”
Five finalist teams had the opportunity to pitch their aspirational and innovative projects on stage at the AAL Forum, after which the results were announced.
KOMP was proclaimed the overall winner of the challenge, winning the top prize of €35,000, while PlaceCal came away with the second place’s prize of €10,000. Refresh by How Do I came in 3rd place, winning €5,000.
“Winning the Smart Aging Price is truly exciting, and I believe everyone involved in creating KOMP, from users and partners to team members, are proud of this acknowledgement.
For us, innovation is about the thrill of making a positive contribution – of solving someone’s problem. Receiving the AAL Smart Ageing Prize enables us to put social isolation and loneliness on the agenda, and through the AAL network reach beyond our known waters making KOMP available across Europe.” — Cathrine Karlson, Head of EU, No isolation