From hundreds of entries from across the globe, iQare is one of eight entries to be shortlisted in the Philips’ Livable Cities Awards. The winner, to be revealed on 27th April, will be given a grant of €75,000 to help implement their idea. The awards have been designed to generate practical, achievable ideas from improving the health and well-being of city-dwellers across the world.
The public has the opportunity to support the judging panel and vote for their favourite entry. Simply go to www.philips.com/yourvote
The UK project is the brainchild of Eve Hatton from Stirling in Scotland, iQare is a software system designed to connect elderly & vulnerable people . It brings together the support and services from different providers to keep them informed and independent through one easy to use ‘point and touch’ system A touch screen system is provided to an elderly person that can enable them to do everyday tasks from planning their day, ordering food shopping, to keeping in touch with family and friends via, telephone or videophone and help to provide remote constant care through telehealth and telecare applications or just increase their safety by preventing bogus callers. Each application is designed primarily with the user in mind – ensuring that it is intuitive and requires no computer know-how.
Additionally, all systems can be tailored specifically to the requirements of the user and family and friends can support their loved ones remotely from any multimedia enabled computer or location, by logging onto a browser independent website.
iQare aims to help address Age UK’s recent study that found that 1 in 10 elderly people feel ‘intense’ loneliness and concluded that this is the ‘hidden killer’ of elderly people. iQare provides an instant connection to a community and can help to create a feeling of ‘villages in cities’.
Should iQare win the Philips Livable Cities Award the iQare solution with be trialled for a year in a local community in Scotland with the aim of gathering further insight to then be able to take the solution to market.
Other short listers include; a ‘Design Your Own Park’ idea from New York, USA, a ‘Rainwater Aggregation Project’ from Sana, Yemen, to address the city’s of water shortages and ‘The Health Education Initiative’ for the Deaf from Embu, Kenya, which hopes to educate and improve the lives of deaf children across the city.
Closing date for public votes is 24th March 2011.