service received gold medal in Japan

​The service developed and maintained by Laurea's students won a gold medal in the Co-Design category of the Japanese IAUD Award design competition. Regional Manager Pia Kiviharju received Laurea’s prize in the award ceremony in Nagoya on 17 March. The previous international success of had impressed the jury and the service was invited directly to the 2nd selection of the competition. already won the Best Practice 2015 award presented by the Design for All Foundation in Paris earlier, in March 2014, as well as the Social innovation category in the competition of the European Union Women Innovators and Inventors Network EUWIIN in London in October 2015.

The service website is an innovative web service developed during the InnoEspoo project. It is intended to support senior citizens in Espoo to cope at home and to also assist their families. The service provides a comprehensive range of products required by older people, home services that can be bought, useful information, topical issues, exercise videos, memory games, a discussion forum and many other activities. The site also lists events in Espoo and includes links to the service websites of the City of Espoo and other operators. There are also dedicated sections for home carers and voluntary work.

The service was developed in several workshops using the service design approach and working in close cooperation with seniors. The service supports entrepreneurship and creation of new companies in the field of welfare in the area. It serves as an excellent learning environment for multidisciplinary student teams. The website is a meeting place for seniors, their families and service providers, such as companies, public and third sector operators and students.

The jury of the competition was extremely satisfied with how a useful service for seniors could be accomplished through co-creation between generations. In addition, they valued the interest, innovativeness and commitment the young people showed in developing a service directed to seniors. It is societally significant now and in future.

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Pia Kiviharju
Regional Service Manager

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