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Senior Living Innovation Challenge Finalist Pitch Event

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QUT Gardens Point campus, Level 12, S Block

2 George Street

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The Senior Living Innovation Challenge was launched in late 2017 to uncover innovative products and services that will empower people over 65 to live the life that they choose. The competition also aims to challenge traditional stereotypes of older people and help spark conversation on how we can support Australian seniors both now and in the future to live fulfilling, vibrant lives.

Organisers were delighted with the high calibre of entries received, demonstrating new thinking in housing, digital media, technology, robotics and other services. After much deliberation, they narrowed down the field to just six finalists.

This event will showcase the top six innovations. The finalists will pitch their idea in a ten minute presentation that will include time for audience questions, followed by the announcement of the winner/s.

Join us to hear about these ground-breaking ideas and network with innovators from academia, private industry and government.

We are delighted to introduce the Senior Living Innovation Challenge finalists:

Senior Living Innovation Challenge finalists

From left to right: Marita Cheng, Matiu Bush, Meg Lowry, Christoph Niesel, Pearl James and Robin Drogemuller

Marita Cheng: Jevaroo
Jevaroo is a telepresence robotic arm on a movable platform. Jevaroo empowers seniors and saves carers' travel time and costs. Jevaroo may be controlled by an elderly person in the same room over Bluetooth or by a carer in another location via Wifi in order to do chores around the home - getting drinks, opening doors, and bringing food. Human arms have 7 degrees of freedom. Jevaroo has 8. This means the arm is easy to control and able to approach door handles or cups from even more angles than a human arm! Jevaroo can lift 1kg at full extension, and pick objects off the ground or from as high as 1.8m.

Matiu Bush: One Good Street
One Good Street is an online social networking site for your street, it aims to provide the opportunity for neighbours to offer their assistance, knowledge and skills to older citizens and their carers through a supported platform which includes positive aging activities, education, and if 50% of the street signs up, providing "One Good Street" accreditation for streets in your suburb.

Meg Lowry: The Balance Yourself book & Clock Yourself app

Balance Yourself is a step-by-step guidebook to better balance, and will be sold in pharmacies, post offices, GP clinics and retirement villages. With large text, non-ageist language and clear illustrations the book presents a full sequence of evidence-based balance exercises. The balance exercises can be practised at the kitchen sink and self progressed.

Balance training is only half of the solution; to catch a fall in motion we need to practise thinking faster, reacting faster and stepping faster.

Clock Yourself is a series of brain games that are performed with the body. The app leverages the familiarity of a clock face visualised on the floor, and introduces a series of memory and reaction time challenges that involve stepping to the numbers on the imaginary clock. The app is unapologetically low-tech and older adults were involved in every step of the development and beta testing.

Christoph Niesel: The Next Stage: Rethinking entrepreneurial spaces for older adults
This proposal seeks to reinvent and re-imagine co-working spaces for entrepreneurially minded older adults. Owing to shifts in traditional employment and retirement over the last few decades, it has become increasingly important to ensure that older adults have the freedom and control to continue working in whatever domains they choose. This idea seeks to go beyond traditional co-working spaces and create a starting spot for like-minded persons to come together, seek tutelage, create business opportunities and remain current with the changing, often digital dynamic of modern employment.

Pearl James: An inclusive community
An “inclusive community” is a reinvention of the community centre and strives to redefine what it means to be part of a community. This proposal focuses on creating shared community spaces to foster intergenerational interaction and to counter the negative effects of elderly age-segregation. This new community centre typology is a model that ageing communities could incorporate into their built environments, towards a more socially inclusive and age-friendly future.

Robin Drogemuller: Disaggregating Senior Care Provision through Community Integration
When looking at Google Earth many aged care developments look like islands in a sea of suburbia. Much of this is driven by current financial requirements. Some of our group have parents in the 70+ age group. We have heard their preferences about aging in place, while still trying to support increased observation and support.

We asked ourselves whether there is a way to provide improved physical facilities, embedded in the community, to which current aged care services could be provided economically. If we provide an incremental way to build new or modify existing dwellings this could reduce financial risk in the investment in physical facilities. A parallel hub and spoke model for service provision could then also be expanded incrementally. The result is a concept that can be used to gradually adapt a suburb to use slightly increased densities to improve the stock of whole of life dwellings with an adaptable service model.

For more information visit: www.seniorliving.org.au

The Senior Living Innovation Challenge is an initiative of the IFE's Infrastructure for Sustainable Communities theme:

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This event has been made possible with the support of the Senior Living Innovation partners:

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We'd also like to thank our QUT event supporter:

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Drinks and canapes will be provided - please register for catering and planning purposes.

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