For the 5th consecutive year, the AAL Award 2015 was one of the main highlights of the AAL Forum. After the usual long selection process that started in May, three projects of the AAL Programme were invited to take part to the final phase in Ghent on 24 September 2015. The three finalists were selected by a jury of four experts who made a shortlist based on the degree of user-centredness, closeness to market and that of the novelty of the solutions.
This award was intended to recognize the most promising project of the Active and Assisted Living Programme that demonstrated great promise in terms of:
Human-centric approaches to development;
RelaxedCare is a consortium led by the Austrian AIT and composed also of Swiss, Slovenian (SenLab) and Spanish partners. RelaxedCare answers the question: “Is my mum doing fine right now”. It provides a new communication paradigm: being informed about the other’s well-being state and being able to send basic messages in an easy way. The well-designed RelaxedCare Cube is placed in the living environment of both the Assisted Person and the Informal Caregiver allowing them to stay connected worry-free. The RelaxedCare App is used by the Informal Caregiver when being mobile.
The special prize of the public went to the project RelaxedCare. "Winning the special prize of the public at the AAL Award 2015 – said Martin Morandell, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, RelaxedCare Project Coordinator- highlights the need for solutions that are really easy to use and well designed. Our aim is now to make RelaxedCare the entirely new way of communicating and caring."