service named Good Practice 2014 service innovation

In January 2015, international organisation the Design for All Foundation awarded the internet service with the distinction Good Practice 2014, as an excellent service innovation. The service took part in a global competition, in which the world’s five best service innovations and/or projects were awarded the distinction of Best Practice 2014. is a digital service innovation for seniors living in Espoo and their families to support living at home. The service was developed and realised by Laurea students during the InnoEspoo project. The service was opened on 29 August 2014. Good Practice 2014 is an excellent achievement and merit for the students, who have been involved in the development of the S365 service.

The website includes information, services and products related to well-being and help at home. Additionally, the site includes useful articles on physical exercise, well-being and healthcare. The site lists events in Espoo and links to the city of Espoo and other actors’ websites.  The Activities section includes links to different media and games, as well as contains numerous physical exercise, brain exercise and relaxation videos. The service’s development work is a continuous process, and, during the spring, a new subpage will be added for primary caregivers.

The service was developed in cooperation with seniors during several workshops using the service design approach. The service will make everyday life easier for seniors and additionally support business enterprise in the Espoo region, establishment of new well-being companies, as well as encourage students to join cooperatives. The website is a meeting place for seniors, their families and service providers such as companies, and public and third sector actors, as well as students.

The InnoEspoo project is a European Social Fund-financed entrepreneurship venture between vocational education provider and regional development center Omnia, Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Aalto University’s Small Business Center and the city of Espoo. The project began in early 2013 and will come to an end in April 2015. The objective of the project is to establish a community that spans across different educational levels and develops business services that support and promote establishment and activities of student enterprises and small businesses, as well as to develop innovative provision of services in Espoo.

More information:

Pia Kiviharju
Regional Service Manager, Laurea University of Applied Sciences
pia.kiviharju(at), +358 (0)400 816 612

Johanna Lyytikäinen
Project Manager, InnoEspoo project
johanna.lyytikäinen(at), +358 (0)40 126 7110

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