Forum 2018 – Call for Workshops

Deadline: 13 April 2018 5 PM (Extended to 20 April)


The AAL Forum is the yearly event of the AAL Programme. Active participation and interaction among the forum attendees are key in the 2018 AAL Forum program. This year the AAL Forum will take place in Bilbao, Spain between 24th -26th September, in concomitance with the Silver Week. The aim in 2018 is to create an interactive and inspiring event, building on the creativity and the commitment of the AAL community.


After 10 years of the AAL programme, the technology environment has matured and stakeholders have evolved. There is more and more interconnection between the different AAL players as well as an increasing interest by so far under-represented players, such as large industry or local authorities/municipalities & regions. Large companies will be important drivers for technological and market scaling-up for SME developed solutions in AAL, while local and regional authorities play an important role as buyers of AAL solutions as well as facilitators within often complex regulated markets.



In this AAL Forum, we want to stress the importance of the existing and emerging ecosystems for transforming the regulated health & care markets as well as the growing consumer-driven ‘silver economy’. The Forum will aim to bring to light the crucial roles of each actor and how they are interconnected, in order to identify and work with best models/practices. In this respect, we aim to pay particular attention to the role of large companies and of local authorities as mentioned earlier.


Moreover, after 10 years of the AAL, the Programme has launched more than 200 projects in an attempt to bridge the gap between developing digital technology solutions and their implementation/deployment in practice. Hence, this Forum should capitalize on that experience and learnings to elaborate clear recommendations for policy-makers at the national and European level as well as the members of the AAL Programme with regard to future programme strategy and support mechanisms, such as within FP 9 at EU level.


This Forum is entitled AGEING WELL IN THE DIGITAL AGE: A growing community of changemakers. It is pursuing the involvement of each attendee as a driver for change within their ecosystems.


This event will also give a special emphasis on showcasing AAL technologies and solutions pre-market and on the market and on the organization of interactive and motivational sessions & workshops with contributions from the AAL community.

We invite YOU to send your proposals for the design and the organization of the interactive sessions and/or workshops within the below described thematic areas:




Five thematic areas were identified by the AAL Forum Programme Committee as the pillars of the 2018 edition of the AAL Forum. All proposals should belong to one of the thematic areas identified by the Forum Programme Committee leaving also the possibility to suggest your own idea within the open topic theme.


The thematic areas are:


Theme 1: Demand-driven Track: regulated markets

This theme aims to engage the demand side of Active Assisted Living regulated markets in health, care, wellbeing, housing etc., presenting complementary perspectives influencing the AAL solutions roll-out. Among them, we expect that different perspectives may be presented, from real application cases to understand the policy environment and the future dynamics, such as within:


  1. Pre-commercial procurement (PCP) and Public Procurement Innovation (PPI) projects
  2. Local and Regional Authorities (LRA) solutions
  3. Smart Specialization Strategy (RIS3) implementation


The Forum Committee strongly recommends that each session should include a variety of stakeholders (industry and LRAs for instance). The Forum Committee will receive favorably proposals for example that allow understanding the reimbursement schemes for the related social care domain and how this can be used to deploy AAL technologies.


Sessions in this theme could include topics such as: Good practices of Pre-Commercial Procurements (PCP) and Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI); PPPs (Public Private Partnerships) as an innovative financial model; large companies interested in broadening their scope; regional ecosystems promoted at the RIS3 strategies regarding AAL solutions.



Theme 2: Life After AAL – Ensuring AAL SOLUTIONS getting to the market

This theme aims to focus on what remains to be done after an AAL project has finished, in order to ensure that the project results are deployed. There is a need to better understand the landscape of the public and private financing opportunities for effective projects.


The Committee aims also at involving actors who already received support to get to the market and others who are looking for that, so as to present their experiences and share practices. Understanding individual paths is one way to understand trends and collect lessons learned that influence future stakeholders on their way to the market.


In this sense, the Committee would also like to listen to the learning from failures – what did you learn from your errors or flops and how sharing them may prevent others from experiencing the same failures. It may also be interesting to share what could be the role of large companies in the scalability of good projects.



Theme 3: Business to consumer market: The Silver Economy Dimension

This theme aims to better understand the role of market segments in the silver market and how this can bring about the desired social changes.


How to address this growing consumer segment of the ‘NewOld’ from a business and market perspective (in tourism there are good cases for example)? How are companies working in the Silver Market and positioning themselves? Can we already describe it as a segment or a niche? And the entrepreneurship of seniors? How is it already applied in practice to cope with Europe’s demographic change challenge? How could this help AAL and how may AAL solutions help to support this development? What are existing marketing strategies in the ‘ICT for ageing’ domain?



Theme 4: AAL-Related eco-systems

This theme aims to investigate how to enable/strengthen AAL application area-related ecosystems. The Committee would like to bring in examples on integrating AAL solutions into the below AAL application areas as well as potential additional areas:

  • Living & Building
  • Mobility & Transport
  • Education and training
  • Financial support schemes (such as social bonuses, social impact-bonds, etc.)


Transversal initiatives, namely undertaken with other networks and areas of knowledge, such as Smart Cities, the EIP-AHA, reference sites, Social Innovation platforms and Innovative Mobility Research, among others should be presented and further explored.



Theme 5: Open to suggestions

This theme aims to cater for any relevant thematic that is not included in the above themes, especially aiming at fostering the networking amongst the various stakeholders within the AAL arena.




Please share your ideas and proposals until 13 April 2018, 05.00 PM!

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