European Silver Economy Awards 2018



Already during its first year , the European Silver Economy Awards have been able to attract a high number of innovators dedicated to supporting and improving the quality of life of older people with the help of ICT. 95 applications from 22 countries have been submitted for consideration of being honoured as the first Silver Economy Awards’ winners. The laureates have been selected following a three-staged selection process, involving over 40 Silver Economy experts .

The Awards Ceremony itself was held on 3rd May 2018 in Brussels, hosted by the European Committee of the Regions. The first part of the event was a high-level conference, including inspiring keynotes by the two moral patrons of the first edition, Markku Markkula and Commissioner Mariya Gabriel who was represented by her cabinet member Manuel Mateo Goyet. This was followed by a dedicated panel discussion about the challenges and opportunities provided by the European Silver Economy, and the elevator pitch of the finalists giving them the opportunity to present and showcased their solutions to the highly motivated audience.

The event culminated in a glittering ceremony where the winning solutions  have been announced. Photos of the Awards Ceremony can be found here.

Please visit the website of the first European Silver Economy Awards edition for further information.


Reviewers & Jury

1. Peer Reviewers

For Profit Organisation

  • Von Tottleben, Malte - empirica
  • Van Staalduinen, Willeke - Age Friendly Nederland
  • Sepulveda, Ana João - 40+ Lab Managing Partner
  • Garcia, Eduardo - 40+ Lab Managing Partner
  • Ferri, Mireia - Kveloce
  • Rogalska, Ewa - PCG Polska
  • Birov, Strahil - empirica
  • Fernandez, Agustin - Hogar Accesible
  • Galjaard, Roos - PAU
  • Willems, Peter - CUBIGO

Public Authority

  • Delomme, Evan - Nice Metropole
  • Martin, Annick - Nice Metropole
  • Bleaden, Andy - Stockport
  • McGarry, Paul - Manchester
  • Uliasz, Lech - Warsaw
  • Mandekic, Jadran - Rijeka

Not For Profit Organisation

  • Tziraki, Chariklia - Alzheimer Heraklion
  • Carpenedo, Francesca - Solimai
  • Gómez Raja, Jonathan - FundeSalud
  • Caro, Toñi - Deusto University
  • Klironomos, Iosif - FORTH-ICS
  • Riccio, Pasquale Antonio - Progetto Alfa
  • De Luca, Vicenzo - Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Federico II


2. Pre-Selection Panel

  • De Ruiter, Joke - AGE Platform Europe/ SEED
  • Bonfiglio, Silvio - AGE Platform Europe/ SEED
  • Louziotis, Vassili - AGE Platform Europe/ SEED
  • Ferenczi, Andrea - AGE Platform Europe/ SEED
  • Kubitschke, Lutz - empirica/ SEED
  • Tageo, Valentina - ECHAlliance/ SEED
  • Preglau, Mocja - Ljubljana/ SEED
  • Pantaloni, Agnese - AER/ SEED
  • Lahtinen, Mari - Tampere/ SEED
  • Murillo, Sergio - Biscay/ SEED
  • Kaag, Astrid - Noord Brabant/ SEED
  • Dantas, Carina - Cáritas Diocesana de Coimbra, Vice-President of the Eurpean Covenant on Demographic Change
  • Martin, Joan - Louth County Council, Acting President of the European Covenant on Demographic Change


3. High Level Jury

Boers, Karen 

President of the European Startup Network


Denjoy, Nicole 

Secretary General, COCIR (European Coordination Committee of the radiological, electro-medical and healthcare IT industry)


 Erkinheimo, Pia

Board Member, FiBAN (Finnish Business Angels Network)


Johansen, Ebbe

President of AGE Platform Europe


Markkula, Markku 

First Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions


Martin, Joan 

Acting President of the Covenant on Demographic Change, Chief Executive – Louth County Council (Ireland)


Renucci, Carole 

Redaction Director, Bayard Press



Winners and finalists

The winners of the first edition of the European Silver Economy Awards are:

Winner in the awards category Public authority

The Generic Telemedicine Platform – bridging sectors with technology

Syddansk Sundhedsinnovation
The Generic Telemedicine Platform (GTP) allows for a quick transition for pilot projects from idea to testing making it possible for the Region of Southern Denmark to collect useful experience with collecting, sharing and usage of sensory -, home monitoring - and patient reported outcome data. In this set-up ideas can be matured, the business-case can be tested and possibilities as well as barriers along the way can be experienced in a safe framework. The platform is generic and therefore provides the opportunity to quickly and budget friendly initiate new pilot projects. Furthermore, GTP makes it possible to meet some of the standards in Denmark and the rest of Europe that are required for the health care system of the future, where a lot more data will be collected from the citizens own homes. Data will be used by hospital clinicians, social sector staff and the GP’s. GTP can collect home monitoring, sensory- and patient reported outcome data and display it in a standardized and recognizable manner making it useful for health sector staff in getting a complete overview of the patient and using it in making treatment plans. Data collected in the homes of the citizens will be visible through the GTP for all relevant partners involved in the treatment of the patient since hospital, municipalities and general practitioners all have access to the same information. GTP is integrated to the health information system of the Region of Southern Denmark, which makes it possible to go from project idea to testing quickly without making the clinicians use a different system. This in turn means that the citizens can get started on providing data and receiving telemedicine quickly. So GTP is the tool in the Region of Southern Denmark which makes it possible to mature project ideas quickly and cost effectively – converting them in to specific digital health services for our citizens. An example of a project idea using GTP to make a difference for citizens is the GERI-suitcase, which is a telemedicine tool for strengthening collaboration around the most fragile elderly. It provides quick electronic sharing of objective measurements taken from the citizens’ home and supports knowledge sharing across sectors. The illustrations in the appendix show the connection between sectors via the GTP.


Winner in the awards category Non-for profit organisation

GoLive Solutions

Associação Fraunhofer Portugal Research
GoLive solutions, comprised by the GoLiveClip, GoLivePhone and GoLiveAssist was developed in partnership by Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS and the Dutch company Gociety Solutions, having in mind the health and safety of the general population and of seniors in particular. The GoLiveClip (GLC) is an easy-to-use, powerful sensor that combines activity monitoring, an alarm button, a fall risk analyzer and a fall detector. It provides direct practical support for an active, healthy and safe living. It comes with an alarm button that notifies pre-programed emergency contacts if the user presses it, but it also automatically registers a falling incident and dispatches notifications in case the user is unable to reach the alarm button. The device also automatically keeps track of movements and activity, such as the amount of steps the user takes, total time of activity and spent calories, among other variables. Thanks to this collection of data, it can calculate the user's risk of falling. This information is displayed in the GoLivePhone (GLP) app, which is compatible with any smartphone with Bluetooth and Android 5.1, or higher. GoLivePhone turns an Android smartphone into a smart companion with largely simplified controls – allowing people to make use of today’s abundance of smart functions without requiring any prior technological knowledge, like: chatting with friends, taking photos, playing games, sharing the significant moments with friends and family, and being fully connected to the rest of the world. Everyone will have easy access to the full range of technological possibilities available today. The GLP can be used as a new launcher for Android phones that replaces the default UI with a simplified version or, alternatively, just as a set of applications in the default launcher of the smartphone. The GLP offers other important features too, such as: location monitoring and geo-fencing, easy access to emergency contacts, and medication management, among others. Its purpose is to bring seniors and users with low technological literacy levels to the Information Society by providing them with an easy to use smartphone with significant features. Finally, the GoLiveAssist is a web portal that allows authorized caregivers to remotely access and control several features in the caretaker’s smartphone (e.g. show/hide applications, add location to points of interest, among others) while gaining real-time insights into the health-related metrics they generate.


Winner in the awards category For profit organisation

RAY provides accessible smartphone solutions that are easy to use and intuitive to operate.

RAY provides accessible smartphone solutions that are easy to use and intuitive to operate. RAY users are elderly people that suffer from sight problems, dyslexic, and cognitive difficulties that prevent them from using standard interfaces. Ray provides easy to use and common interface across all system functions including telephony, messaging, navigation, audio services, social networking, and visual recognition tools. For caregivers and family members, RAY enables remote assistance and remote setting of the device. Our patented technology, RAYclick, is an adhesive sticker that when attached to any touch device, provides a tactile interface with four physical buttons. Enabling users to control any function and application on the device, in a common, intuitive fashion, and considerable simplicity.


This is our final ranking:

Final Ranking in the awards category Public authority
Rank Country Organization Title Website
1 Denmark Syddansk Sundhedsinnovation The Generic Telemedicine Platform – bridging sectors with technology
2 Denmark Center for Frihedsteknologi, Sundhed og Omsorg, Aarhus Kommune Project DokkX
3 The Netherlands Gemeente Helmond Living with dementia, support for informal caretakers
Final Ranking in the awards category Non-for profit organisation
Rank Country Organization Title Website
1 Portugal Associação Fraunhofer Portugal Research GoLive Solutions
3 The Netherlands TanteLouise Optimal freedom for demented persons
Final Ranking in the awards category For profit organisation
Rank Country Organization Title Website
1 Israel Project-RAY RAY provides accessible smartphone solutions that are easy to use and intuitive to operate.
2 Italy Movendo Technology hunova: the new era of rehabilitation
3 Germany nevisQ GmbH The smart baseboards