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Standards are rules or guidelines that help to make sure that products, processes or services are fit for purpose. Some standards are adopted across different countries and commercial sectors, making it easier for companies to sell their goods and services and for consumers to get a better deal.

Changing Mindsets: The PROGRESSIVE Project at the AAL Forum 2017

Malcolm Fisk (De Montfort University), Diane Whitehouse (EHTEL) and Estelle Huchet (AGE Platform) were delighted to be invited by the organisers to facilitate a workshop at the AAL Forum in Coimbra, Portugal. This was an ideal opportunity to raise the profile of the PROGRESSIVE project to over 700 participants from all parts of the EU.

The AAL Forum (Active and Assisted Living) is the premier annual European event for showcasing technologies for ‘active and assisted living’.  The event theme was bridging gaps between technology and active ageing.  This theme recognises how important it is for technologies to be accessible, usable and empowering for their users. Such matters are central to the PROGRESSIVE Project.

The mission, in the workshop, was to fire people’s imaginations and help set in place new ways of thinking that will improve standards. A part of this is concerned with hearing the voice of older people.

Three issues were addressed in the workshop – with participants challenged about ideas that need to underpin standards around

– Surveillance and privacy;
– Robots and robotics;
– Co-creation

A truly interesting and rewarding discussion followed. This signalled the fact that ‘mindsets’ were already changing in a way that will help ensure that the voices of older people will be heard more loudly in future standards development.

The event programme is accessible at http://www.aalforum.eu/fullprogramme/


AAL forum
Estelle Huchet, Diane Whitehouse and Malcolm Fisk

Hold the date: Thursday 19th October 2017 – at the CEN-CENELEC Management Centre (CCMC) in Brussels.

Our workshop will be an opportunity to find out more about how standards affect products and services and to share your views on:

  • – How the needs of an ageing population can be better addressed.
  • – How standards support ICT-based products and services that relate to AHA.
  • – How older people´s participation can be assured in the development of the different standards.

Who is invited to join this Workshop?

  • – AHA policy makers, stakeholders, and older people’s representatives.
  • – European and International Standardisation Organisations and their Technical Bodies relevant to AHA.
  • – Providers of AHA-related ICT products and services
  • – Research & Innovation projects relevant to ICT for AHA standardisation

A detailed agenda of the event will be distributed in September 2017.

Please note that the event will be held in English only.
In the meantime, for any questions, contact Fernando Machicado.