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Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE | I-CARE smart






According to Eurostat data, 17.4% of Europeans are 65 years old and over. Increasing life expectancy means that the EU’s population will be ageing intensively in the coming years. These demographic processes represent a major social and economic policy challenge for the European Union as a whole and for individual Member States.
The international project (I-CARE-SMART) is part of this trend of support for older people. I-CARE-SMART aims to bring innovation closer to senior citizens by introducing innovative products and services with the active involvement of users and boost the silver economy.



Partners from seven central European countries responds to the region’s challenges regarding an ageing population and insufficient provision for senior citizens. It seeks to build and strengthen cooperation with organizations that are able to provide state-of-the-art technology in health and social care for the elderly, including the use of IT.

City of Graz
NOWA Training Counselling Project management

Czech Republic
Social Services Prague 9
SPEKTRA, manufacturing cooperative

University of Applied Sciences for Economy, Technics and Culture

Municipality of Újbuda (Budapest, 11th district)
Budapest University of Technology and Economics

Liguria Region
SI4life Science and Business together to improve the quality of life for Seniors and People with Disabilities

Lodzkie Region
Medical University of Lodz

European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation
Via Carpatia Technical University of Kosice

Who funds us

Our project is funded by the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme that encourages cooperation on shared challenges in central Europe. With 246 million Euro of funding from the European Regional Development Fund, the programme supports institutions to work together beyond borders to improve cities and regions in Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.



The project activities have been structured to maximize opportunities for cooperation and the pooling of experience and ideas at the transnational level.



we bring together the Research & Development sector, Business sector, Health & Social Service Provider sector, the Elderly Community under the coordination of the Local Municipality to start a long-term co-creation and cooperation in order to integrate the identified needs of both the elderly as individuals and the elderly (health & social) service providers as institutes into each phase of the innovation cycle for SMART solution (planning, developing, prototype, validation, marketing and follow-up). Based on the developed toolset PPs launch a quadruple helix based co-creation process going through 4 stages:

1) Co-creation based needs assessment;
2) Scouting innovative solutions that meet real user needs (SilverStar Challenge);
3) Development of solutions with user involvement (co-creation and living lab pilots);
4) Transnational collaboration with open innovation methods (SilverStar Platform).