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Winners of the 2020 AAL Programme Smart Ageing Prize are announced

Tuesday 03 November 2020

Since 2016, the Active Assisted Living (AAL) Programme has organized three smart ageing challenges, culminating in the award of a Smart Ageing Prize.  Previous editions called for innovations in internet-connected devices and technologies, and digital technologies that engage older adults in stimulating social activities.  The 2020 Smart Ageing Prize was looking for solutions that support, empower and inspire older adults to engage in entrepreneurship.

Starting in April 2020, the AAL held two Smart Ageing Prize judging panels and, in between the panels, a mentoring academy, to coach 15 finalists in business planning, co-creation and impact. Alzheimer Europe participated in the judging panels alongside 5 other judges with expertise spanning entrepreneurship, ageing research and innovation. In the second judging panel, five finalists were identified: Grandnanny (an intergenerational childcare platform), The Care Hub (a digital solution that enables older adults to act as carers), Silver Starters (a programme that supports older citizens to become entrepreneurs), Parlangi (a solution that enables language learning across generations) and Diaspo (a platform which older home cooks can use to deliver teaching). 

On 3 November, during an event held as part of the European Week of Active and Healthy Ageing, the AAL and Nesta Challenges announced that the winner of the 2020 Smart Ageing Prize was Diaspo, followed by Grandnanny and Parlangi as first and second runner up, respectively.  Diaspo will receive an award of €35,000, while GrandNanny will receive €10,000 and Parlangi will receive €5,000, aimed at spurring the further development of each solution.