Enter Now - Homes for Smart Ageing Universal Design Challenge
Published: Thursday, February 02, 2017
Smart Ageing Design Challenge competition was launched in the Custom House on 31 January.
Adaptable and smart homes will be the future in the developed world with advantages from saving energy to creating homes suitable for a lifetime.
The Homes for Smart Ageing Universal Design Challenge (HSAUDC) is an open call for ideas that can demonstrate innovation in the design and delivery of solutions for adaptable and smart homes. The overarching objective of the HSAUDC is to develop ideas that will improve the quality of life for older persons in Ireland in the context of Action 2.19 of the Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness and the Programme of Actions for Smart Ageing.
In this regard, the HSAUDC invites entries from anyone with a novel and inventive idea that can be further presented as a solution; that is feasible, cost effective and has the potential for mainstreaming into the future in support of smart ageing solutions in the three distinct areas of:
- smart technologies in housing for older people, and/or;
- adaptation of existing houses to meet the needs of older people, and/or;
- life-time communities
While primarily of interest to designers, the competition is open to all. €100,000 worth of prizes is on offer, with five €10,000 awards for commended entries after Round 1 and the grand prize of €50,000 for the ultimate winner. The winning idea would be expected to make a significant impact on Irish society, using universal design principles to create products, services, solutions, and systems to improve the quality of life for older persons in Ireland and ultimately all of us.
Ideas must be submitted by the deadline of 12:00 noon on 13th March 2017. To qualify, entries will be screened for eligibility and completeness against the Entry Requirements.
Qualifying ideas will be scored by a Judging Panel against the Round 1 Evaluation Criteria.
A maximum of 5 No. ideas will be commended for progression to Round 2. These Commended Ideas will be announced on 3rd April 2017 and the commended entrants will be awarded €10,000 each. General advice about protecting their idea will be offered to the Commended Entrants.
The Winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in Dublin on 28th June 2017 and awarded a prize of €50,000. The Winner may be invited to participate in further promotional activities on Smart Ageing.
Find the HSAUDC Entry Form, Terms and Conditions and other Useful Information at: www.HomesforSmartAgeing-UD.com