iAge gets started!
On April 19th, the iAge project had its start conference at the Provinciehuisl of Drenthe in Assen, the Netherlands. Some 100 participants, iAge partners and stakeholders, listened to stimulating presentations and discussed the issues the iAge project wants to address. A shared feeling of urgency was felt amongst the participants, and it is clear that innovative ICT solutions can help us to keep up levels of service in areas of decline and stimulate regional economic development. All in all it was a very fruitful day and the iAge partners received a lot of relevant input.
Mr. Jacques Tichelaar, the Queen's Commissioner for Drenthe, opened the conference with an inspiring speech on the potential of ICT to "help us cope with the biggest challenge we face in the coming decades: our ageing society".
Mr. Alan Milne of the Univesity of Abertay in Scotland, reminded us of the needs of the end-users when developing such tools. "Usability and accessibility" are the two major prerequisites for success.
During lunch the participants had the opportunity to experience some of the already existing solutions, in an interactive exhibition area.
Another highlight - at the end of the day the WikiAge was officially launched! WikiAge is an interactive website where all interested stakeholders can upload their knowledge on ageing and lifelong living related to ICT. This is to be the main platform the iAge partners wish to create, so that the knowledge and experience of already existing pilots and initiatives in the region can be disseminated more easily.
All the iAge partners will start their different pilots in the coming period. We will keep you updated, using our main project website http://www.iageproject.eu/ and via our social media accounts! And we would be delighted to receive your ideas and recommendations so please don't hesitate to contact us!.
Under the section 'downloads' you will find the iAge Start Conference presentations, speeches and the programme outline.