Robots At Your Service was conceived over a year ago by the team at The Hackitarians in order tap into the latest technologies to tackle the serious problem we face in the future as our demographic makeup shifts and caring for our elderly will be more and more complicated and critical.
AND THE RESULT?
Amsterdam will be the host city of this year’s European Robotics Week, with its central event “Robots at your Service”, focussed around the societal challenge of “Active & Healthy Ageing”. An elderly-centric event with the purpose to tackle the problems that arise from the growing ageing population through the use of Internet of Things (IoT), Robotics & Artificial Intelligence (AI).
OUR SOCIETAL CHALLENGE
The European Commission has identified active and healthy ageing as a major societal challenge common to all European countries, and an area which presents considerable potential for Europe to lead the world in providing innovative responses to this challenge.
According to the 2015 Ageing Report from the European Commission, the number of Europeans over 65 will double in the next 50 years, and the number of over 80’s will almost triple. The costs for professional care are on the rise and the ratio workers vs pensioners are decreasing.
Needless to say, caring for those seniors – physically, emotionally and mentally – will be an enormous undertaking, and experts say there will be a shortage of professionals trained and willing to take on the job.
Our mission is to co-create the elderly homes of the future – to design and develop homes that are sensitive and responsive to the presence of elderly through the use of Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
With the objective to prolong independent living and generally improve the quality of home care. Ultimately with “Robots at your Service” we want to help the ageing population living a healthier, more active and independent life!
The opening of this year’s European Robotics Week (ERW2016) will take place at the Maritime Museum and include keynote speakers from the European Commission, the European Parliament and Robotics Association, followed by expert panel discussions around the subjects of “Roboethics”, “Our Robotics Future”, and workshops about “Autonomous vehicles and professional service robots”.
The Hack(athon) for Active & Healthy Ageing – the central track of the event – will kick-off on Friday Night at the Marinebase. It is here where a dedicated group of multi-disciplinary students, startups and scale-ups will collaborate and compete for 48-hours to create the best solutions for this challenge and get the chance to win an accelerator program to bring their concept to life!
Throughout the weekend there will be various activities hosted across the Marine Base, Maritime Museum and NEMO Science Museum, ranging from workshops at the NEMO and Makerversity where kids can design and 3D-print their first robot, and panel sessions around the use of robotics and elderly and encouragement of STEAM education.
Across the event there will be various robots popping up, such as the humanoid robot Pepper, who’s able to understand human emotions and interact with people in a more natural and intuitive way, or the Paro, an interactive therapeutic robot designed to stimulate patients with Dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other cognition disorders.
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