A social platform will be created in order to facilitate the communication and networking between expert-seniors who have retired and interested users in the offered services. In order to increase the services availability, a mobile version of SOPHIA will be developed for smart phone users. Moreover, the data from both experts and end-users will be available for behavioural analysis. There will be a group of behavioural experts, including psychologists, who will have the duty to anonymously take and analyse the available data. According to end-users needs and requirements, the platform will give them suggestions like what else they might wish to see or what other help could be suitable for them. As a result, behavioural design patterns can be brought in public showing which professions need more the expertise of someone experienced, in which areas people need more information so that society can organise public seminars, possible hiring senior adults to speak etc. Finally, an HTML5 front-end will be offered enabling expert –users and end-users to interact with the system via web but also through devices like smartphones.
SOPHIA project aims to create a network, the core of which will be senior adults after retirement who would like to continue offering their skills, knowledge and services. Some of the network branches will be companies and enterprises that would require the expertise of the seniors, while individuals could benefit from their help. This network will bring in contact the senior adults with the above people and handle all kinds of possible transaction they may have, in a friendly and efficient environment. Possible transactions between the senior adults and their “clients” could be assistance to set up a small business, consultancy services, or solutions to private inquiries.
Expected results and impact
The end of active working period of every individual is a crucial point from psychological and sociological point of view. As such, the existence of ways and possibilities for a person to stay active is crucial, in order to maintain that person’s physical and mental health. The platform SOPHIA follows strategic objectives of EU and contributes to prolong the active lives of seniors who have further possibilities to contribute to society. On the other hand, people, to whom senior adult’s services are addressed, will find in SOPHIA from simple handy advises to career boosts. Since a vast variety of people can benefit from SOPHIA, a big socio-economic benefit is expected.
Partners involved in the SOPHIA project
- Project name: Senior Occupation after Profession: Habit Intriguing Adults
- Website: www.sophia-aal.eu
- Coordinator: GeoImaging Ltd
- Duration: 30 Months
- Starting Date: 01.07.2014
- Total budget: € 1.000.420,00
- Public contribution: € 532.012,00
Dr Stratos Stylianidis