Second Smart Ageing Prize open for applications

The Active & Assisted Living Association (AAL), in collaboration with Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre, invites applications for the second edition of the Smart Ageing Prize. Deadline for submitting ideas is March 30, 2018. The Prize is a competition that aims to identify the most promising solutions in Europe using ICT for active ageing and its main theme, this year, is ‘products and services that use innovative digital technologies to support older people to participate fully in social life’.

The prize process supports selected applications to develop their business through small financial incentives and mentoring. The total prize award is € 50,000. The winner of the first prize will receive € 35,000. The second prize is € 10,000 and a judges’ choice award amounts to € 5,000.


This second Smart Ageing Prize is looking for innovative and inspiring products and services using digital technologies that facilitate real-world interactions to engage older people in social and stimulating activities, promoting active and connected ageing. The competition is open to individuals, groups and organizations located in the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.


After the deadline, assessment by judging panels will follow and 15 semi-finalists will be selected to receive further support. Applicants must have a working prototype, or be able to produce one for demonstration at the mentoring academy in May next year. The solution should be presented as a viable business opportunity by the time the challenge prize is awarded in October 2018 and should be aiming to win its first paying customers within 12-18 months. Solutions should be able to deliver a measurable improvement in the number of older adults participating in social activities.

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