Which of these fields of Active and Healthy Ageing are addressed by your initiative?
Health literacy and patient empowerment, Social inclusion (intergenerational practice, work and volunteering), Age friendly buildings, environments, and communities.
If none of the above, answer here:
Please describe if and how your stakeholders (cooperation partners, funders, users, etc.) have been participating in defining the problem and developing the solution.
The core team developed the web-space and related processes. To do that we ran several focus groups with the potential users to define the best setting based on user needs e.g. usability. After launching the first ideas contest, seniors and relatives joined the contest and uploaded more than 200 ideas. After evaluating the first idea contest the web-space recieved some enhancements based on the experience of the first idea challenge. This loop was taken over three idea challenges each supported by a partner form the for profit world which support the core team with industry related know how.
Has your solution been tested in trials, experimentations, or pilot projects? If yes, please describe the process and outcome.
The web-space and all related processes including recruiting, judging and promoting was tested by three pilots each was an full idea challenge on a specific topic, each with a duration of 6 months. Every time the team measured different types of recruitment, on-site engagement and user interface. All fields where observed and the reported outcome lead into changes for the following challenge.
In addition researchers from the university ran several experiments which supported the set up of the pilot projects and also evaluated data generated by the pilot projects.
There are much more findings which are covered in a PhD thesis,
What barriers might hinder the success of your initiative? How do you plan to overcome them?
It still takes time to convince managers to run an open innvation project on age realted topics. This mainly due to the lack of interest in seniors driven by the stigma that old can not be innovative. There is a need of ongoing communcation and more idea challenges to proof that open innovation with seniors has its value for all parties, therefore we will run the next idea challenge starting September 1st.