The AAL practice forum SMARTER LIVES is an event, which targets on the challenges of demographic change within the health and social sector as well as society as a whole. SMARTER LIVES was organized for the first time in June 2015 in Innsbruck. This was the foundation for a contribution to the networking of local, national and international Stakeholders in the context of Care and modern assistive technologies.
Since this starting point, the event is organized once a year. In 2017, the concept was realized outside of Austria for the first time: In the course of the international research project gAALaxy, SMARTER LIVES 2017 was held in Bolzano at the location of Eurac Research.
A retrospect on the past events you can find here.
For target audience of users, solution providers, researchers and stakeholder, SMARTER LIVES is offering the following Programme topics:
- Expert presentations: Contributions from practice and research within the field of AAL
- Elevator Pitch: 2 Minutes of short-presentations of solution providers
- AAL fair: Demonstration of solutions by companies from different practical backgrounds
Background and aims of the event
There is a need to show potentials and chances instead of pointing out challenges of an ageing and long living society and to adjust to the changing needs of the diverse affected stakeholders. Therefore, all elements of a society, such as research, industry, responsible institutions and politics have to participate in the required process of creation and action.
Inside of a society which is influenced by hightech and services, modern information and communication technologies (ICT) provide a promising approach to answer big questions of social and political dimension. From an economic point of view, the new generation of ICT-based assistive technologies, such as Active and Assisted Living (AAL) can be characterized as key technologies which show opportunities for end-users and create new markets.
It is the aim of SMARTER LIVES to raise awareness on this problem solving approach of Active and Assisted Living (AAL). Therefore, SMARTER LIVES offers a space where relevant actors are involved and work together, to design and to critically reflect potential solutions. Solutions providers can present their technologies to a broad public audience. The topic “Active and Assisted Ageing” is presented and discussed from a societal, political, economical and scientific perspective.