Robotics can help tackle the ageing challenge. SILVER (funded by FP7) is a pre-commercial procurement (PCP) scheme to stimulate radical innovation and “out of the box” thinking. Silver looks for new prototype robotic solutions for independent living. It is an open competition on innovative robotics technology for ageing well. 'Open' in this case means: no specifications of desired output or outcome, just a focus on the ageing-challenges to tackle. The PCP opened on 1st March 2013 and will close on 5 June 2013.