Idea lab @AllAgeHub - a meeting place for development of welfare technology and accessible residential environments
Purpose and goal
The project has developed, tested and refined a process for innovation based on the needs and challenges of municipalities and users. The innovation process is developed in collaboration with AllAgeHub´s partners and is based on SKR´s "Innovation Guide" as well as in methods for implementation, collaboration and prioritization for sustainable, equal ideas that meet the needs of the target group. Completed activities and results have been communicated via AAH:s regional network and through contacts in various organizations in Sweden, via website, newsletters and in social media.
Expected results and effects
AllAgeHub has developed and applied an innovation process for identifying needs, developing ideas, testing, implementing and disseminating welfare technology solutions. Through the Idea Hub (Idéslussen), 12 municipalities have worked with business development based on formulated challenges that contribute to increased well-being / participation for the elderly and people with functional variation. I collaboration with civil society, academia and business, the innovation projects run by municipalities have created an innovation culture / interest in business development welfare technology.
Planned approach and implementation
AAH has contributed to an innovation culture/ commitment through various inspirational activities and with the help of the challenge-driven innovation process which has been characterized by an agile and trustbuilding approach. However, there have been challenges in facilitating innovation in municipalities with different structures/cultures. But a variety of actors/experiences have contributed to the perseverance and focus required to overcome obstacles that have risen. The innovation work is still largely based on enthusiasts and a higher degree of anchoring is requered.