On 3 May at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels, the first edition of the European Silver Economy Awards celebrated its winners under the patronage of Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, and Markku Markkula, First Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions, hosting the ceremony.
The Silver Economy Awards Ceremony awarded nine finalists from three different categories (public authorities, not for profit and for profit). They were selected among 95 applications coming from 22 countries by jury members from all over Europe in an official three-step evaluation process. The winners are:
- First prize: The Generic Telemedicine Platform – Health Innovation Centre of Southern Denmark (Denmark)
- Second prize: The Project DokkX – Aarhus Municipality (Denmark)
- Third prize: Living with dementia, support for informal caretakers – City of Helmond (The Netherlands)
Not for Profit Organisations
- First prize: GoLive Solutions - Fraunhofer Institute Portugal (Portugal)
- Second prize: Procurement of comprehensive treatment – Hospital de la Santa Creu I Sant Pau (Spain)
- Third prize: Optimal freedom for demented persons - Tante Louise (The Netherlands)
For Profit Organisations
- First prize: RAY Accessible Smartphone solutions – Project Ray (Israel)
- Second prize: Hunova: the new era of rehabilitation - Movendo technology (Italy)
- Third prize: Smart 'baseboards' - analysing movements in a room with the help of artificial intelligence, used in health care facilities - nevisQ (Germany)
The awards promote and reward innovative solutions to improve the quality of life for over 50s. They are an opportunity to raise awareness around the Silver Economy, which includes all economic activities that concern older adults and meet their demands and requirements.
On behalf of Commissioner Gabriel, Cabinet Member Manuel Mateo Goyet described the first Silver Economy Awards as representing a "milestone on our way towards becoming a truly age-friendly Europe", and promoted the ceremony as "a unique occasion to send a very positive message on how we see the future of ageing" showing "the true value of collaboration in Europe".
Policy Officer Horst Krämer (Unit eHealth, Wellbeing & Ageing at DG Connect, European Commission) said: "This initiative is meant to showcase great ideas for services and products in an age-friendly society, and that's exactly what we have seen with the worthy winners. The keyword is 'beginning': This was the very first edition of the Silver Economy Awards, a good start for further expanding the movement. For next year I expect even more new and surprising applications from health to inclusive design and from education to tourism. Perhaps from older entrepreneurs (or 'olderpreneurs') themselves?"
The Silver Economy Awards are organised by the EU-funded SEED project, which aims to celebrate innovative ICT related products or services, in all sectors that help to improve the quality of life of senior citizens, and to raise awareness of and strengthen the European Silver Economy.