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ActiveAge briefing in Newcastle on Broadband Capital's Independent Living platform
Wednesday, 17 December 2008

On Wednesday 19 November Dr Mark Jones, CEO of the Hull-based Broadband Capital Limited, gave an Independent Living Platform briefing to a team from Newcastle City Council.

A partner in the ActiveAge consortium, Broadband has developed STREAM Personal TV - an innovative new service that provides vulnerable older people with access to information and online services through interactive television.

STREAM Personal TV is one of four UK flagship projects for Inclusive eGovernment

In attendance were representatives from other consortium partners - BusinessLab, Microsoft Corporation, The Centre of Excellence for Life Sciences (Cels) and Newcastle City Council.  To download this file click here.

Thursday, 27 November 2008

A report on the September 2008 meeting of the International Federation on Ageing in Montreal on Age Friendly Cities

The World Health Organisation (WHO) project, Age-Friendly Cities, is the basis for developing guidelines to help cities and communities become more accessible and responsive to the needs of older people. The International Federation of Ageing 9th Global Conference on Ageing hosted a workshop where representatives from existing 'age-friendly' communities shared and discussed their experiences.  To download this report click here.

New Corporate Partners for ActiveAge
Monday, 06 October 2008



BusinessLab are delighted to announce the arrival of two new major corporations in the ActiveAge consortium.

Microsoft Corporation Inc, the world's leading software company, has joined ActiveAge as a Strategic Research Partner. The organisation has already begun its investigation into the innovative application of ICT within an ageing population through the highly successful deployment of its Senior PC solution in Miami, Florida and Argentina. Microsoft is now particularly interested in collaborating with the growing cluster of age-related expertise in Newcastle and the northeast to explore how this experience can be widened. By joining us on this venture, Microsoft hopes to expand and share its knowledge of the impact of ageing on its markets and assess the potential for existing and new technologies to harness the opportunities this phenomenon presents.


BT Group PLC, a leading provider of communications solutions around the world, joined ActiveAge as a Policy Partner with a particular interest in the social and digital inclusion aspects of an ageing population. Supported by experts at their research centre at Adastral Park, BT have already conducted extensive research into assistive technologies and carried out successful trials in the homes of older people. This brings valuable information to the ActiveAge consortium. BT are also interested in the human interaction aspects of assistive technologies in the home and hope to apply the resources of their corporate volunteering programme to ActiveAge demonstrator projects.


The arrival of Microsoft and BT into the ActiveAge consortium along with the knowledge, resources and know-how they bring, represents a major milestone for the programme and for BusinessLab.

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