Major AAL event in Paris May 16th

The « Nuit du Grand Age et du Bien Vieillir » is an event (Forum+Trade show) will take place in Paris Casino on May 16th.
This event is placed under the aegis of the Solidarity and Elderly French minister Michèle Delaunay and will present in a Forum/Exposition the last technological developments to support autonomy for elderly and for people with limited autonomy.
Awards will also be given to support the best products and services devoted to Ambient Assisted Living followed by a networking cocktail.
This event has also to be placed in parallel with the creation of a french professional organisation to support the development of Silver Economy in France ASIPAG

CompAAL was presented at the eVITA Hungarian Technology Platform

The ICT Association of Hungary (IVSZ) took part in the event of the eVITA Hungarian technology Platform on 25 April 2013, in Budapest. eVITA platform focuses on Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) related technologies and aims at bringing together stakeholders to discuss relevant topics and cooperate, in order to facilitate the dissemination of AAL research results.

Participants had the chance to attend three
presentations. Mr Sándor Oroján, expert of IVSZ responsible for
vocational activities introduced the participants to the background of the
CompAAL project as well as to its first results, i.e. fiveJob Role Profiles.

Mr Zoltán Havasi, CEO of MOHAnet Plc,
introduced the participants to the most important AAL related developments of
the company and emphasised that the daily usage of these products require
additional knowledge from the users and maintainers. Therefore, vocational
training is key in this field.  

Within the framework of the third presentation, Mr Loránd Vajda,
representative of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics,
presented to the participants the current results of the CVN project (ConnectedVitality
– The Personal Telepresence Network), funded by the AAL Programme. Mr Vajda stressed
that Yooom, a solution that links groups of senior citizens into a video
communication network, enabling them to choose the activity as well as levels
of social interaction according to their individual needs, abilities and
lifestyle, might become a popular tool for elderly persons for keeping contact
with their loved ones also in case of bigger distances.

Discussions were mainly targeted on the focus of the
profiles (more IT than medical), the planned level of the training as well as
the expected final outcome of the project. 

French AAL sector is on the way

Michele Delaunay French Minister for Elderly and Autonomy, in cooperation with Arnaud Montebourg, Minister of Industrial renewal has launched the Silver Economy field by creating a special comitee on April 24th .
France has 15 Millions of elderly people and 900 millions in the world. This represent a large market that would lead Europe to 0.25 % of growth every year.
Silver Economy is represented by 600 companies, which will be supported by special actions from The Public Investment Bank (BPI)
Major leaders in the field of AAL are invested in this action such as Legrand, Orange, french Postal Service, Essilor or Toshiba with a large number of Start Up and SME all over the country.
A national (or international label should be created in next years to support the branch and ensure quality and adequation with users and market needs.
The e-jobs-Observatory clearly support those actions and will publish in next weeks professional profiles in the field of AAL and will publish Training guidelines for training organisations.
Professional roles profiles are under open evaluation at the moment on the e-Jobs AAL Corner http://www.e-jobs-observatory.eu/AAL_corner
Source: Usine Nouvelle

ICT Skills are girls’ best friend!

..said Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice-President responsible for the Digital Agenda Europe, during the Parliamentary Hearing « Girls in ICT Day 2013 » on 25 April 2013, co-organised by the European Commission, the European Parliament and the International Telecoms Union. The event aims to empower and encourage girls and young women to consider careers in the sector of technology. 
As part of the event, the European Parliament organised a hearing on « Women in ICT » around the topics of professional women in ICT careers and developing ICT skills for ICT jobs.
Neelie Kroes opened the Parliamentary hearing by stating that « Digital women are worth more than diamonds ». « Getting more women in ICT will enhance equality and competitiveness in an increasingly digital world ».
Sheryl Sandberg, COO of facebook, joined via tele-conference the Hearing and offered to the audience practical advice on how to unleash their full potential and achieve their goals.
Participants exchanged ideas on how to encourage young women take up leading role in both personal and professional level and make the most of every opportunity. Pursuing an ICT-related career was highlighted throughout the Hearing as a first-class opportunity to enhance women’s leverage in the digital world.

More information about Girls in ICT Day.

Green ICT helps reduce climate change impact

The Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment (ISPONRE) recently sponsored a Green Growth and Green ICT (information and communications technology) for Sustainable Development in Vietnam seminar. 
Specialists from the Republic of Korea (RoK) said at the seminar that the rapid increase in the number of ICT users had increased the amount of electronic waste, as well as global warming, so constructing a strategy on using green ICT to minimize carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions remained vital. 

The e-Jobs Observatory participated in the 2013 eco-Kongress

The 6th eco Kongress took place on 17 April in Cologne. Representatives, mainly, from the German industry were present and discussed about issues related to IT skills shortages, Crowdsourcing, Big Data, M2M Communication and further internet and IT -related topics in the various conference sessions.

The e-Jobs Observatory participated in the Podium discussion « IT skills shortages – made in Europe » that launched the eco Kongress. The panel was composed of representatives from JobCrowd, DE-CIX Management, Siemens and Kalaydo. 
During the Podium discussion issues surrounding social recruiting, headhunters,
IT skills shortages in Germany and in Europe, attractiveness of Germany as an
IT job-supplier and assimilation/integration courses for foreign employees were
discussed. 

The need to increase the European competitiveness by filling in current IT job vacancies was highlighted.

ICT for Sustainability 2013 conference: Outcomes – How to Improve the Contribution of ICT to Sustainability

The event was held in Zurich last February 2013. The experts provided a set of guidelines which are summarized in the Conference Recommendations report. The speakers and participants of ICT4S 2013, in fact, endorsed a set of recommendations to stakeholders derived from the research results presented and discussed at the conference. Statements provided by the speakers before the conference were compiled to a draft document that was then being discussed in plenary sessions. The main directions of impact of this document can be grouped into three categories with two main issues in each category: 
  • Sustainability in ICT: there is a large unused potential to save energy by designing software for energy efficiency. The power of software should be used more systematically to reduce the energy consumption of hardware.
  • Sustainability by ICT: ICT offers a high potential for more intelligent energy management in buildings, in particular for heating and cooling and in connecting the buildings to smart grids. Smart homes and offices can substantially contribute to sustainability.
  • Overarching Aspects: ICT applications can and should be used to create incentives for more sustainable behavior and to support people systematically in adopting more sustainable lifestyles.

Call for contribution in the AAL Forum 2013!

The annual conference of the Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme (AAL JP), the AAL Forum, will take place in Norrköping, Sweden, between 24 and 26 September 2013. The event is entitled “Impacting individuals, society and economic growth” and its goal is twofold: on the one hand the conference will showcase the significant progresses made by the AAL JP projects and solutions in the exhibition area with various demos and presentations, whereas the discussion in the sessions and in the plenaries will address two important questions: 

  • How can we support an increased independence for older adults and benefit for the society as a whole? 
  • What are the business models that stimulate large scale use of AAL solutions and how may they boost economic growth?
The complete Call for contribution is available here.

Important dates:
Closing date of call for contributions: 26 April 2013
Submission approval: Begin June 2013

Green ICT for Sustainable Consumption in Europe: Experts Explore Potentials and Trends

In January, more than 50 professionals from 20 countries across Europe, the US and Australia discussed in Vienna at the event “Green ICT for Sustainable Consumption?” how ICT can increase energy and resource efficiency and make consumption more sustainable. 
Modern Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can have a great influence on shaping a more sustainable world. The mega-trends Cloud Computing and Smart Systems in the areas of energy, transport and housing, have the potential to substantially reduce environmental impacts and, thus, green Europe’s future. The time to adjust the future development of these technologies is now, say Europe’s leading ICT- specialists.

DemAAL 2013 Summer School on Ambient Assisted Living

The DemAAL summer school is primarily intended for postgraduate (PhD or MSc) students, postdocs and researchers investigating clinical and technical aspects related to Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) technologies for remote health management, ageing well and independent living.

Leading researchers from academia and industry will cover theoretical and practical aspects pertinent to pervasive/ubiquitous computing technologies for Ambient Intelligence (AmI) applications, while special focus will be given on the role and opportunities of such technologies for dementia management.

Following this link, http://mklab.iti.gr/demaal2013/program you will find information in how to apply for DemAAL 2013 Summer School that will be held on 16-20 September 2013, at Chania, Crete, Greece. 

The deadline of applications is on May 30, 2013!