Nordic Independent Living Challenge: 16 ideas from Finland passed selection

Artikkelikuva: Nordic Independent Living Challenge: 16 ideas from Finland passed selection
From Finland, 16 solutions were selected:
  • ActiveMEDI, Alireza Hasanpour
  • MIcrotasking of home care, Anssi Mikola
  • MobiDent – The Mobile Application for Elderly Home Care in the Context of Oral Health Promotion, Hannu Lampi
  • UGo – 3D printed rehabilitation design wear for independent mobility, Harry Edelman
  • Intelligent communication and collaboration web app for multidisciplinary care teams, Heikki Tarkkila
  • LANGUAGE FRIEND – Connecting old and young people via language learning, Iida Ylinen
  • Talismaani, Lisa van de Merwe
  • Aura-nightlamp, Lotta Köhler
  • ICON intelligent cup holder, Marja Jaurakkajärvi
  • Grapevine for Accessibility (G4A), Merja Saarela
  • Cirlcy, Mikko Järvinen
  • Nifty Neighbour – connected communities, connected elderly, Pauliina Seppälä
  • Day rythm light and the accessible user interface, Sirpa Laitinen
  • Tools for Life, Susanna Reinikainen
  • ShareExperis – find friends by exchanging favours, Timo Yliniemi
  • FEW BIG BUTTONS – Community based services, Mariana Salgado
On the 4-5 May, the Nordic Independent Living Challenge holds a matchmaking event in Copenhagen, Denmark. For those 75 solutions chosen to enter this stage, it’s a chance to network, get inspiration and tools to further develop their idea. Participants will also get the opportunity to team up with other applicants from across the Nordic region. 
Mentoring and piloting
After the Nordic Matchmaking Event, up to 25 proposals will be invited to the next stage of the competition. They will receive mentoring and support to develop the concepts further, including business plans and preparation for testing on real users.
Five finalists will be selected to test their solution in the Nordic capitals and receive financial support of 300.000 NOK to cover expenses.
Finally, one Nordic winner will receive the main prize of 1 million NOK (approx. 120.000 EUR). In addition, there will be a 200.000 NOK cross-Nordic collaboration award and a 100.000 NOK student award.
The Nordic Independent Living Challenge searches for innovative solutions to how elderly and disabled people can live independently in their own home. It’s a four-stage competition, now in its second phase.
The competition received over 400 proposals from across the Nordics. The biggest number of submissions came from Finland, 137.  The proposals cover widely different thematic areas ranging from mobility, social life, and exercise to technology and communication.
The Nordic jury has two members from Finland: Service District Director Arja Peiponen at the City of Helsinki’s Social Services Department, and Christian Lindholm, one of the founders of HealthSPA startup cluster and Vertical Accelerator.

In Finland, the competition is organised by the City of Helsinki and Forum Virium Helsinki. The challenge runs until June 2016.
More information
Kaisa Spilling  
Forum Virium Helsinki
040 744 8831                
The Nordic capitals, Stockholm, Oslo, Reykjavik, Helsinki and Copenhagen, have launched the Nordic Independent Living Challenge together with Nordic Innovation to stimulate the development of new solutions that can make it possible for elderly and people with disabilities to live independently in their own home. Another aim of the competition is to make the everyday life easier and more efficient for care professionals.

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