Project development continues for second week of innovAGE

Registrations are still open for the second weekend of the innovAGE event, organised to spark new ideas and solutions to help improve the lives of older Australians.

Organised by Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), the Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre, Isobar, the University of Canberra and the Aged Care Industry IT Council, the first weekend was held in March and attracted over 80 participants.

The second weekend will be held in May at the Inspire Centre at the University of Canberra, where participants will continue their project development.

According to a LASA spokesperson, the first weekend was the starting point for context building and project development.

“Participants were given access to previously unused data relating to the aged care sector, context and industry information from senior industry providers, as well as mentoring opportunities with service providers and industry representatives to inspire their innovative ideas,” the spokesperson said.

“In the lead up to weekend two, participants, both current and new, will have access to more context on industry issues, ageing data, vignettes on customer needs, access to end users, aged care experts and professionals.”

All information provided in weekend one is available to new participants, with previous participants continuing their project development during weekend two. On the final day, teams will present their solutions to a judging panel consisting of end-use customers, aged care services representatives, investors and technology experts.

The idea is to pitch a well-developed concept rather than a fully operational prototype, and it does not have to be about big-picture solutions. Practical tools and products that can be used on a day-to-day basis by older people are also welcome.

Weekend two of innovAGE will be held on May 2 and 3 at the University of Canberra. See www.innovage.org.au for more information.

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