Ageing population and IoT: turning challenges into opportunities

As the social and economic implications of an ageing population in the EU are increasing, we need to find ways to face these challenges and to try to turn them into opportunities. Innovative approaches have to be developed to enable people to maintain an autonomous lifestyle when growing older and to offer them possibilities for an active and fulfilling life. 
Technological and scientific solutions arising from the Internet of Things (IoT) in smart cities, smart buildings and smart homes, as well as from smart objects and wearables to be used for preventive health applications, can play a decisive role in addressing the challenge of demographic change. However, people don't want or cannot deal with complex installations, and for these reasons we need open and interoperable affordable platforms and devices from different vendors, which are based on a 'Plug and Play' principle. IoT technology will be a key solution to develop personalized intuitive smart services (human-centered designed) for an ageing population. This is a new whole market offering business opportunities. 
Willing to advance and contribute to the ongoing discussion, the AIOTI invites academia, industry, policy-makers and users for an open and interactive debate.

Detailed Workshop Outline

Host: Mr. Sebastian Schoebel - Correspondent - German Public Broadcasting (ARD)

14:00 – 14:15

Opening Speech
Mr. Mustapha BOURAOUI
VP Strategic Marketing EMEA - STMicroelectronics
Chairman of the AIOTI Smart Living Environment for Ageing Well working group

Mr. Mustapha Bouraoui will open the workshop and present the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI) as well as the vision and mission of the Smart Living Environment for Ageing Well working group.

14:20 – 14:40

Keynote Speeches

IoT as a solution to address ageing population challenge: Ageing well in Society 5.0

Mr. Takashi Kono
Deputy Director on Information Economy, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

Mr. Shinji Ide
Senior Deputy Director, Standardization Division, Global ICT Stragety Bureau
Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC)

Mr. Takashi Kono and Mr. Shinji Ide will present the “Society 5.0”, a national program including the Japanese challenge with Ageing


First Panel

Why are IoT platforms important for interconnection and providing personalized services to older people?

The panel will focus on the role of IoT platforms in offering to older people without digital skills personalized intuitive smart services at home in an easy and secure way. The EU's ongoing Large Scale Pilot on active ageing ACTIVAGE will provide additional input for the discussion.

Mr. Sebastian Schoebel - Correspondent - German Public Broadcasting (ARD)

Mrs. Pilar Sala
EU Projects Manager, MySphera & “Activage” Large-Scale Pilot Manager

Mr. Bernard Strée
European Program Director - System Division, CEA

Dr. Martin Serrano
National University of Ireland Galway, Insight Centre for Data Analytics


Second Panel

How the EU's ageing population can generate IoT business opportunities in the housing sector and especially for innovative European SMEs?
The panel will present ideas around managing the transformation of a traditional home to support an ageing person and which market opportunities arise specifically for SMEs in this field. The EU's ongoing Large Scale Pilot on active ageing (“Activage”) will provide additional input for the discussion.

Mr. Raph Crouan - Managing Director of StartupBootCamp

Argeles Mata
Shareholder and Manager, TERCERA EDAD ACTIVA S.L., Madrid - Spain
Alexander Peine
Assistant Professor, Innovation Studies, Copernicuvs Institute of Sustainable Development - Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University
Isabelle Chartier
Silver Economy & Handicap program manager at CEA-LETI and IRT Nanoelec (Public Private Partnership for Micro and Nanoelectronic innovation) – Grenoble, France


The “Open Innovation Challenge”

Ian Spero, 
Social Entrepreneur & Agile Ageing Alliance founder

With ICT Health expenditure set to triple to $30bn in the next decade there is clearly a huge socioeconomic opportunity, but meeting the needs of an ageing population cannot be addressed through the lens of a single sector or discipline. The Agile Ageing Alliance (AAA)–born out of Innovate UK - has joined forces with Microsoft to initiate an Open Innovation Challenge, which aims to accelerate development of the most compelling solutions that promote Agile Ageing in our Neighborhoods of the Future. AAA Founder Ian Spero will explain how getting involved with a multi-sector stakeholder group, pooling resources and collaborating in a spirit of open innovation.


The Way Ahead – which political framework is needed to foster the uptake of “digital care” ?

Mr Victor Negrescu
Member of the European Parliament.


Closing Speech

Mr. Kees Van Der Klauw
Senior Vice President at Philips Research 
Chairman of the AIOTI


Ian Spero

Agile Ageing Alliance founder

A social entrepreneur and pioneer of experiential and cause-related marketing, Ian Spero excels in the design and construction of unconventional private/public sector alliances that deliver socioeconomic impact in a spirit of open innovation.

Following 3 decades producing multi-faceted marketing communications campaigns for blue chip clients Ian established Creative Skills for Life together with the Agile Ageing Alliance (AAA), a campaigning social movement which aims to promote development and sustainability of pioneering innovations that will empower our older selves to enjoy more meaningful Agile lives in the comfort of our own digitally enabled homes and neighbourhoods of the future.

Ian also works with Innovate UK, where he is responsible for leveraging public investment in a diverse portfolio of exciting early stage award winning businesses.

Alexander Peine

Utrecht University/Assistant Professor and ECTP/Vice President

Alexander holds a tenured position as Assistant Professor of Innovation Studies, and he has a background in Science and Technology Studies (STS). He also serves as a board member of the International Society for Gerontechnology (ISG), is part of the European Innovation Platform on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP-AHA), where he leads a large pan-European commitment on "Active Aging and the Built Environment"​, and sits on the social advisory panel of the EU's Joint Programming Initiative "More Years, Better Lives" (JPI-MYBL). Before joining Utrecht University, he was a Max Weber post-doctoral fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, and a Principal Investigator at the Center for Technology and Society at Berlin University of Technology. Alexander has studied industrial engineering in Germany, the US and The Netherlands, and he holds a PhD in sociology and business economics from Berlin University of Technology.

Pilar Sala Soriano

MySphera - EU Projects Manager

She is MSc in Telecommunications Engineering (2001) at the Universitat Politècnica de València. Until 2016 she has been researcher at SABIEN group, belonging to ITACA Institute, where she has participated in EU funded projects within the V, VI and VII Framework Programme dealing with health care and social services making use of Information Communication Technologies. Her research focused on the impact assessment of new technologies and services, especially on user experience and user centred design. She has been Technical Manager of VAALID (FP7-ICT-224309), universAAL (FP7-ICT-247950) and REAAL (CIP-325189). Since November 2016, she works as EU Projects Manager in MySphera company.
Within ACTIVAGE project, she is the Large-Scale Pilot Manager, having the responsibility of coordinating the definition, deployment and execution of the 9 Deployment Sites, supporting the establishment and consolidation of the local IoT ecosystems for ageing well.


Principal Investigator & Data Scientist, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, National University of Ireland Galway

Dr. Martin Serrano (PhD. MSc. Eng. BSc-Eng.) is a recognised Research Data Scientist with more than 15 years experience in industry and applied research on Semantic Interoperability and Distributed Data Systems. He is a continuous contributor to the Scientific, Research and Innovation agenda for Europe and with a wide range of successful (EUFP5-FP7/H2020) collaborative projects, Irish (HEA PRTLI, SFI) and also Enterprise Ireland (EI) innovation projects.
Dr. Serrano is the coordinator of the EU-H2020 FIESTA-IoT project (, the Data Management, IPR & Analytics Manager and leader on research activities at Insight Centre for Data Analytics. He was involved in the HEA-futurecomms project ( where he was investigating methodologies and algorithms for the optimal use of IT technology (i.e. cloud systems and analytic systems) for remote health monitoring.
Dr. Serrano is an active member of IEEE (Computer and Communication Societies) and ACM.


IRT Nanoelec

Isabelle Chartier is Silver Economy & Handicap program manager at CEA-LETI and IRT Nanoelec (Public Private Partnership for Micro and Nanoelectronic innovation).
Isabelle is leading the French deployment site ISERE for ACTIVAGE (IoT Large Scale Pilot) Smart living for Ageing Well and ACTIVE HANDS (EIT Health) home-based guidance system to support individuals with cognitive disorders in daily tasks.
AHA project supported by the PTL (Product and Technology Living Lab) an experimental facility established by the IRT Nanoelec. PTL testbed is dedicated to usage conception and evaluation of IoT based technological solutions under realistic test conditions. PTL target to retrieve and merge information from environmental, physiological and activity sensors, and send higher-level information to improve safety, comfort and autonomy, with a special focus on Ambient Assisted Living for Ageing population and Silver Economy market.

Bernard Strée

CEA Leti - EU programme Director, Systems Division

He is in charge of developing and strengthening the collaborations with industry, RTOs and academics at European (EU) and international level. Within the division, he coordinates a dozen of people for EU project activities. These collaborations focus on providing to the industry the set of technologies relevant for fully exploiting microelectronics potential within its environment (essentially in terms of connectivity, embedded intelligence, power management and security). The Systems division manages and coordinates approximately 20 European projects on a yearly basis.
In line with these objectives and activities, he supports the participation of CEA Leti within EU projects in the well-being and smart living area such as ACTIVAGE (IoT Large scale Pilot) and BonVoyage (Mobility).