iAge visiting Dundee
On the 29th of August our Scottish partners in the iAge project hosted a three-day meeting in Dundee. The conference was held at the University of Abertay where some thirty delegates from around the North Sea Region discussed the development of technological solutions to Europe's ageing population.
There was a number of inspiring presentations dealing with such themes as ‘psychological, social and emotional perspectives on vital longevity' and ‘design usability and accessibility in age-related conditions affecting Europe'. These presentations were followed by a demonstration of the use of eye-movement recording technology and its ability to create a true first person perspective - generating insights into the experience of users.
The participants were also treated to a ‘behind the scenes experience' at the Guide Dogs Training Centre before getting down to objective discussions regarding the iAge pilots on Mobile Technology and e-inclusion and the Transnational ICT Toolbox. The second conference day ended with a humorous but revealing presentation on ICT security.
The final leg of our Scottish meeting was held at the City Chambers in the centre of Edinburgh. Once again we were stimulated by presentations on the Edinburgh Council's strategy and policy for older people, two locally run success-projects for the iAge target group (ACE IT and Moose in the Hoose) and Business Start-Up Programmes for the over 50's.
All in all we can look back on a very well organized and successful meeting.