Press release

Digital innovations meet needs in the crisis

Published: 15 September 2020

Distance music education with the help of AI, use of drones for deliveries in home care and rescue services and a digital companion for people with suicidal thoughts. These are some of the 13 projects that Vinnova finances to meet current needs in the crisis.

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The pandemic presents new challenges for people and communities. To contribute to the recovery and conversion funding Vinnova now 13 project, will quickly develop sustainable long-term solutions.

- A large part of the projects are about digital solutions to urgent and long-term needs. They can both contribute to a secure transformation of society during the pandemic and a sustainable restart after the crisis, says Erik Borälv, responsible for the initiative Innovations in the wake of the crisis.

The 13 projects will share just over SEK 11 million. The last application round closes on 18 September.

Example of project:

Interactive music learning at a distance

Music education has been hit hard by the crisis because it is based on social closeness and musical interaction. The project will further develop the interactive app Notysing, which with the help of musical AI improves music teaching at a distance, through interactive tests, support for students with special needs and learning in singing and interaction. The app will be tested in teaching at the Royal Academy of Music.

Coordinator: Doremir Music Research

Drone deliveries for home service and rescue service

The purpose of the project is to relieve the home service and the rescue service by carrying out tests of smaller drone deliveries between Åsele and Fredrika. Thanks to the test bed for electric flights in Åsele and Örnsköldsvik and close collaboration with authorities, drone transports are being tested to strengthen welfare in rural areas with new mobility solutions.

Coordinator: Katla Aero AB 

A digital companion for people with suicidal thoughts

Suicide has historically increased in the wake of societal crises. Life fighters want to help everyone who is at risk of suicide and suicide attempts by preventing, preventing and deterring with the help of knowledge and modern digital tools. In collaboration with Region Värmland, an innovative app is being built that can reach all people on their term and when they need help.

Coordinator: Livskämpar AB

Digital coffee room for reduced loneliness at the elderly

Social isolation and perceived loneliness cause physical and mental problems and have become a societal challenge during the covid-19 pandemic, especially among the elderly population. The coffee room is a digital solution for secure social interaction that is developed in co-production with the elderly, municipalities and IT companies. The goal is to launch Fikarummet to all Swedish municipalities within one year.

Coordinator: Mälardalen University

In total, Vinnova has decided to finance 43 project since the investment started in April. Other project

Questions?

<p>We're making several investments in innovations in the wake of the corona crisis. The aim is to fund and promote initiatives that can support society in a challenging time.</p>

Published: 27 Mar 2020

<p>Vinnova is calling on innovative ideas to address the wider impact of the corona crisis. We want to attract projects that support our society in a challenging time. New solutions should be ready to be put into practice within six to twelve months.</p>

Last updated 15 September 2020

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