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The BRAID Project is developing a holistic roadmap that covers all areas of a person’s life. The roadmap is focused on four different perspectives, the “Life Settings”: Independent Living; Health and Care in Life; Occupation in Life; and Recreation in Life.

These settings correspond to the main areas of life of a person in general, and will need to be supported as we are ageing. The settings stand for priorities in life, and are not location-based or mutually exclusive. In principle, not all elderly citizens may need equal support in all of the above areas. However, the significance of defining these four settings is that they comprehensively cover the main aspects related to active ageing and well being of the elderly.

This booklet presents a collection of illustrative scenarios for the different life settings.

A roadmap is being developed for research on accessible user interfaces. If you are interested in contributing to this roadmap, please go to http://www.cardiac-eu.org/user_interfaces/.

The roadmap will include: (a) Clear proposals on what technologies need to be supported (e.g. eye tracking, voice/gesture reckoning, wearable devices, smart displays); (b) Clear inputs on what methodologies have to be investigated (e.g. adaptive UI design, accessibility evaluation guidelines for devices, services and applications); (c) Clear contributions on what kind of tools should be developed (e.g. automatic accessibility verification/design tools, accessible user interface description languages).

This is a unique opportunity to shape the thinking and direction of future research funding by the European Commission in this area, and the aim is to gather input from a diverse range of stakeholders. A Wikispace has been set up to collect as much input as possible, visit
http://userinteraction-sdd-cardiac.wikispaces.com/Round+1-Generation.

EU Smart Accessibility Awards14 June 2011 – Brussels – In the week of the first EU Digital Assembly in Brussels, Vodafone Foundation launched the Smart Accessibility Awards. This is a new competition to promote the development of IT applications designed to improve the lives of people with disabilities and older people to help them become more actively involved in society.
The programme is supported and co-organized by AGE Platform Europe, the European network of around 160 organisations of and for people aged 50+, and the European Disability Forum (EDF), the NGO that represents the interests of 80 million Europeans with disabilities.
Launched in Brussels, the competition will award the best smartphone application across four different categories as follows:

  • Social participation: This refers to applications which help users to participate actively in today’s society and benefit from the facilities that the new technologies can offer, whatever their age, disability and/or capacity (E.g. use the web and social media through mobile devices, contact people using mobile devices to the same extent as everyone, etc).
  • Independent living: This refers to applications which help users to be more autonomous and perform daily tasks independently (E.g. using domestic appliances such as washing machine or refrigerator, opening doors safely, etc).
  • Mobility: This refers to applications which enable users to move around more freely and safely using the whole range of transport modes. It can also refer to the use of mobile devices to be guided in unknown environment (e.g. using GPS option, etc).
  • Wellbeing: This refers to applications which improve the users’ health and as well as overall feeling of wellbeing.

The competition is open from 14 June 2011 to 15 October 2011. All qualifying entries will be evaluated in November by a jury, consisting of representatives from AGE Platform Europe, European Disability Forum and Vodafone Foundation. Twelve finalists will be selected and requested to present their application before the final jury in Brussels in early December 2011 at a live final, where the four overall winners will be chosen. The total prize fund of the €200k will be split equally between the four winners.
Vodafone Foundation Director, Andrew Dunnett said “The Vodafone Foundation is keen to help as many people as possible benefit from new technologies. The Smart Accessibility Awards will help developers create apps that can really make a difference to people’s lives – we are thrilled to be able to support such an important initiative.”
Anne-Sophie Parent, AGE Platform Europe Secretary General, said “We are pleased to be involved in a project that supports our efforts towards building a more inclusive society. Digital inclusion is key to ensuring as many people as possible remain actively involved in their communities and we should make sure every citizen is empowered to do so, whatever their age or capacities. We hope this competition will help reach that goal and also contribute to the ‘European Year 2012 for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations’ where the objective is to increase older people’s active participation in society and promote independent living in old age. ”
Rodolfo Cattani, EDF Executive Member, said; “Being part of this competition is very important for us. Communication technologies are vital to making possible the inclusion of persons with disabilities. When the mobile applications are not accessible, it can create new obstacles and can lead to new forms of discrimination. We look forward to seeing accessible apps.”
For more information on the contest and submit your entry: http://developer.vodafone.com/smartaccess2011/+

Technology Works is a European conference that will examine the use of Person Centred Technology in the workplace. Technology Works will be held on 22 June 2011 in Cardiff Bay, Wales, UK.
Technology Works will explore the significance, issues and application of Person Centred Technology in employment and vocational training settings. The event will showcase good practice, highlight policy and practice issues in Wales and the UK and offer delegates the chance to share and discuss their experiences, and views.
For more information, check the event flyer and download the registration form.

BRAID is currently in the process of elaborating and refining a plan of actions as part of the aimed strategic research agenda for ICT and Ageing. A well conceived roadmap needs to be drawn on the basis of an inspiring vision of what society wants to achieve in future. Therefore we are proceeding with the development of a vision-driven roadmap.
In terms of the roadmapping process, BRAID follows an approach based on the classical scientific method, adapting a structured method well tested in previous roadmapping projects (e.g. THINKcreative, VOmap, ePAL). In brief, after the identification and characterization of the baseline, definition of desirable scenarios, identification of main drivers and trends, a gap analysis was performed. In sequence, a first plan of actions was proposed to cover all aspects of the vision, according to each one of the selected life settings: Independent living, Healthy living, Occupation in life, and Recreation in life. Next phases will focus on detailing the plan of actions and elaborating an implementation plan.
Consensus-building and acceptance by a large community of stakeholders is an important validation mechanism for a useful roadmap. Therefore, in parallel with the development of the research agenda, BRAID is organizing a number of workshops with stakeholders in order to collect feedback and reach consensus.
For more information on the BRAID roadmapping process please contact: Luis M. Camarinha-Matos.
More information at www.braidproject.eu.

The European Conference “Technology with Disabled and Older People: Business development, Building alliances and Impact assessment” will take place on March 28-29, 2011 at the London School of Economics in collaboration with the BIS, AGE Platform Europe, KTN, TSB, and the EU.
Over 40% of the population are either older or disable the demand for personal care at home and in the community is growing. A pool of experience in early provision of services and technologies for both assisted and independent living and active ageing is being steadily gathered across Europe. Many ideas will be presented. Wider deployment rests upon identification of the business opportunities. Cost effective systems are identified to enable safer and less costly home care and presentations will describe these. The prize being a triple win for People, Governments and Business.
The immediate requirements then are improved communication, understanding and cooperation between the diverse parties.
A range of organisations are working with the London School of
Economics to encourage better working practices. Including the Department of Business, Initiative and Skills, AGE Platform Europe, The Technology Strategy Board, The Knowledge Transfer Network, The Knowledge Tree Group, MonAMi project, with industry, and the
Sasakawa Foundation to organise this event.
Abstract Instructions, registration and hotel details.