NGI Award 2019 for the Resourceful Ageing project

News - 14 November 2018 - Communication

The design of Connected Resources, a result of the Resourceful Ageing project, has been awarded the NGI Award 2019 for ‘outstanding contribution to a better digital life’ in the category Research and Education.

Resourceful Ageing was funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) under the Research through Design (RTD) programme in 2016-2018. The project brought together designers, machine learning experts, social scientists and professional practitioners from TU Delft (coordination), TU Eindhoven, Avans University of Applied Sciences and Philips Design with the goal of researching and designing Internet of Things solutions that could empower older people to age resourcefully. 

Connected Resources is a family of combinable sensors and actuators for older people. They are designed to mimic in physical form and digital functionality the affordance of the mundane objects that older people use in everyday life to complement ageing skills. Once in use, Connected Resources begin to learn from how they are used and inspire older people to develop and share their personal strategies. Instead of enforcing compliance to normative behaviour, Connected Resources use machine learning to celebrate older people’s ingenuity and vitality. Connected Resources empower older people to negotiate their desired level of independence according to personal and changing circumstances as well as the social values and norms shared within the community.

IDE alumnus Masako Kitazaki, Prof. Elisa Giaccardi (project PI) and Iohanna Nicenboim (researcher) were part of the Resourceful Ageing team.

For more information about  Resourceful Ageing and Connected Resources, see this:

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About the award

NGI (Next Generation Internet) is Europe’s new approach to creating a more human-centric internet. It is a European Commission initiative which is being implemented by project partners throughout Europe. NGI Awards recognizes and rewards outstanding contributions to a better digital life. The overall mission of the Next Generation Internet initiative is to re-imagine and re-engineer the Internet for the third millennium and beyond. NGI Awards is initiated and supported by the European Union and The Internet of Things Council among others.

The prize they have won is worth more than € 100,000, with amongst others, paid research and scholarship at the residence at Aarhus University (Denmark), guest lectures from and coaching by NGI Move experts.