The Nordic population is ageing, and the demand for innovative solutions and technologies for the elderly and disabled is increasing. The five Nordic capitals have decided to address this issue together – creating a joint market for the Nordic health and welfare technology industry.
New and established innovators are invited to participate in the Nordic Independent Living Challenge. Come up with innovative and sustainable solutions that can increase the quality of life for the frail elderly and people with disabilities, and make it possible for them to live independently in their own home.
The competition runs in 4 stages from January 2015 to June 2016, and the main prize is 1 million NOK plus special awards for Nordic collaboration and for student projects. As a participant in the competition, you will be offered knowledge, mentoring, workshops, networking and test facilities. You will also get a unique opportunity to work in close collaboration with the Nordic capitals.
The challenge is open for everyone – from established welfare solution providers to students and startups. We also encourage elderly, disabled or care professionals with an innovative spirit to sign up. A good idea is simply all it takes!
The competition will open in January 2015.
In Finland the competition is coordinated by the city of Helsinki and Forum Virium. The official launch of the Nordic Independent Living Challenge will be on January 8, 2015 starting at 14.30 in eHealth fair in the Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre.
Nordic Independent Living Challenge Promotion Event at Aalto University
Aalto Service Factory in collaboration with Forum Virium will organize an additional promotion event for the competition at Aalto Design Factory on January 30, 2015 starting at 1 PM and lasting until 4 PM. The idea of this additional promotion event at Aalto University is to involve the students and staff of Aalto to share their already produced solutions, solution proposals or ideas that could fit or be further developed to fit into the Nordic Independent Living Challenge framework.
If you as a member of Aalto University staff or student body have an idea for the competition or know someone who would haven an idea, please contact Aalto Service Factory Academic Collaboration Manager Katja Soini (katja.soini[at]aalto.fi | +358503744830) with a short description about the idea, your contact details and possible links to additional information by January 9, 2015. All ideas are very welcome!