Thursday, 04 October 2018 08:44

The International Day of Senior Citizens with Palette

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On 1st of October the partners from Romania, University of Bucharest, celebrated the International Day of Senior Citizens at the Senior Club - District 2 from Bucharest. Approximately 50 seniors have organized and participated at poem and song recitals or painting exhibitions. Among these, the partners from UB came to greet seniors with a detailed presentation of the Palette platform, inviting the participants to be part of the Palette user group. More than half of those present were enthusiastic about the platform functionalities and about the fact that they will be able to share with other seniors in the neighborhood, activities and events that take place at the senior club.

During the month of October, the partners from the University of Bucharest will disseminate as much information about the platform dedicated to the elderly, in order to extend as far as possible, the community of Palette users.

 

 

 

 

In recent years, the National Ministry of Health, Wellbeing and Sports started an initiative to ban loneliness from social life.

 

 

Picture from brochure of the ministry

 

The problem is know to be serious among seniors, as statistics have underlined: the older one is, the higher the chance of becoming lonely. The government has launched a national action plan to ensure participation of people at all ages.

The plan focuses on endorsing local action: municipalities are invited to come forward with their local and regional initiatives to help seniors be part of community life. Palette also adopts a local approach to launch its social activity platform and it fits well into this new policy. Therefore we agreed to join our efforts and make sure that we benefit from each other’s work as much as we can. As a first step we will identify municipalities that already contribute to the national plan to see how Palette may fit in.

Monday, 01 October 2018 08:47

Palette receives an end-users price at the AAL forum

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From 24th to 26th September, the Project PaletteV2 has been successfully presented and promoted at this year’s AAL Forum in Bilbao, Spain. The PaletteV2 booth attracted a lot of visitors and several municipalities have demonstrated their interest.

Our representatives on spot have demonstrated the useful platform as well as other functionalities to the audience, aiming to bring the future of digital transformation of health and social inclusion closer to the user.

 

 

For the presentation of the Palette functionalities and the Project we received a price from a panel of end-users that have evaluated all the products presented during the forum. That is a strong signal demonstrating the good work that has been performed until now in this project and the adequacy of our product with the end-users needs.

 

 

 

 

At the end of June, SIVECO Romania together with the University of Bucharest continue their meetings with seniors in Bucharest, this time by visiting the CARP ”Omenia” organization.

The CARP ”Omenia” Association is a nongovernmental charity organization for retirees, with more than 42000 members in Bucharest and other 8 counties. Its purpose is to offer help to retirees through redeemable loans and to offer other services, among which they offer assistance services and medical ones.

The two partners were welcomed with interest and openness by the members of the association, and presented Palette to the members and to potential final users, who were there to partake in the weekly English classes.

During the meeting, Palette gained their interest through its pleasant design and its ease of usage, as the participants created an account and tested the platform. The potential users offered feedback, new ideas for the platform to become as close as possible to how they imagine it.

SIVECO Romania and the University of Bucharest will come back to the CARP ”Omenia” organization to further engage the seniors that they met here in the project activities and to receive new feedback, for Palette to become even closer to their needs.

       

            In may, Palette partners from University of Bucharest left the capital for a series of presentations of the project in other cities from Romania.

            Drd. Aurelia Curaj started the series of presentations at the “Bella International Conference” which took place in Iasi between 14-16th of May. The general subject “Ageing- Risk or opportunity” made the introduction of the participants in the Palette universe through the presentation of the partners involved in the project, the focus group and co-creation sessions which took place during the implementation of the project, and through the functionalities of the platform. The audience had the opportunity to take a closer look inside the project, first through the general details that were offer about Palette and then also by visualizing the platform ( the introduction clip, the creation of an account, of an activity, of an event etc).

            At the end of the presentation, the audience composed by doctors, professors or researches from South-Eastern Europe have participated at some Q&A Sessions and offered a positive feedback to the partners regarding the implementation of a project like Palette in Romania. More than 70% of the audience members thought that Romania needs as much Active Ageing programs as possible.

             In the nearest future, the partners from University of Bucharest want to come back for more presentations of Palette in more cities.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018 07:02

Meetings with the Final Users of Palette

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In April and May, the University of Bucharest and SIVECO Romania met with approximately 40 potential final users of Palette.

After a promising start of the year, in which the two partners presented the project to the Direction of Social Work in Bucharest, the time has come for the senior clubs in Bucharest to find out about the benefits of the Palette platform.

The meetings with the potential final users took place at the Wise Club in District 2, and Senior Clubs of District 6 – 3 centers in which seniors meet every day to engage in different occupational therapy activities. During the meetings, the seniors had the opportunity to find out general information about the Palette project and also how the platform works. At the end, the seniors could access the platform, some of them created an account, and they learned how they can create activities, events, or offer services, under the guidance of the two partners from Romania.

These three meetings at the senior clubs ended with collecting feedback: each participant filled in a questionnaire through which they expressed their opinions on the Palette platform. 

Soon, the University of Bucharest, together with SIVECO Romania, will organize other meetings with potential Palette users.

 

  

Sunday, 25 March 2018 09:10

Successful meeting in Romania concluded

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All nine partners of PaletteV2 project had a meeting at SIVECO premises. Two days of strong involvement and active participation will add momentum to development and user involvement in the finishing phases of the Palette platform.  

Except for the flawless coordination and friendly environment, we will also remember this days as the most winterly meeting of all despite the timing at the end of March.

 

 

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 08:51

Palette Partner meeting at SIVECO

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Announcing the 7th upcoming general partner meeting of the members of PaletteV2 project.

 

Meeting will take place at SIVECO's headquarters in Bucharest from 22nd until 23rd of March.

Main meeting topics are the start of user testing cycles and intensive business development activities. 

The research project PALETTEV2 - Participative Activity and Learning Environment offering Targeted ICT Tools for the Elderly (http://www.palettev2.eu/) brings the focus and proposes solutions for one of the current concerning issues: accelerating the aging process at global level and increasing the rate of elder population to the total population.

The project PALETTEV2 aims at improving the quality of life for the population aged 55 to 70 , by developing an environment of participative activities and of an ITC platform dedicated to the elderly.

Europe, as  whole, has to adjust itself to a new reality where one estimated that , by 2060, 1 in 3 persons will be over 65 years old, while more than 1 in 10 will be over 80y-o.

In 2013, UE has reached its target, namely that a percentage of 50% of those aged 55-64 yo should be employed. The age’s particularities make that 21.6% of the elderly workers in Europe shall develop independent activities, while 22% of them work part-time. In Romania, the number of persons over 55 years old represents more than a quarter of the country’s population is exceeding the 5.5 million thresholds.

Given the particularities of the elderly population, the project is provides a platform easy to use for communication and informing, conceived for the persons who do not have much experience in the field of computers and internet. The users will be able to communicate to the system and to share with other users elements such as: their contact details, jobs, hobbies, their preferred sports activities, holiday options.

The system will store this data in each user’s personal profile and will make possible interactions between the system’s users according to their preferences, without affecting the confidentiality of personal data.

Given that the platform developed by SIVECO Romania facilitates the access to numerous multimedia materials, the users’ interest for its use is increasing.

The system is searching for similar profiles, but also activities and services related to the user’s interest and launches customized notifications. For example, the persons seeking for volunteers or professionals may find or may receive information on experienced senior persons, retired people who are willing to offer their skills and expertise. Another example: a lady requesting help for gardening may get advice from horticulture engineers. The users of PaletteV2 system can find out and can join a group of seniors who are planning a day out in a certain town, following a system notification.


The project’s research and development activity runs for 30 months, developed in the period 01.04.2016 - 30.09.2018.
The project is funded through the AAL-programme (Active and Assisted Living).
The project will be implemented by partners having complementary expertise, from five countries: Romania, Switzerland, Netherlands, Slovenia and Poland.
The project Coordinator is University Hospitals of Geneva from Switzerland, providing primary care services, secondary and tertiary and outpatient medical care, specialized also in the area of research projects.

Also in the field of research are activating the organizations Stichting Reflexion, VILANS, Stichting Smart Homes, and Kempen LIFE from Netherlands and Instytut Chemii Biooganicznej PAN, represented by Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC) in Poland.

The two Romanian organizations involved in the project are:  SIVECO Romania, the only large size company in this consortium and Bucharest University, specialized in research projects. The SME expertise in the project is provided by The Prava poteza Institute from Slovenia.

Thursday, 21 December 2017 17:37

Palette has a new logo

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SIVECO's designer refreshed Palettes logo to picture dynamic environment that invites us to enjoy life together!