The ITHACA kick off meeting and the third Exchange of Experience and Peer Evaluation event (EEPE) will be hosted by lead partner Province of Noord-Brabant.

During the kick off meeting, key stakeholders of all partner regions and invited EU networks are able to get information about the IE Programme and the specific objectives of the ITHACA project. The ITHACA consortium organises exchanges between the stakeholders on shared territorial challenges and policy regarding scaling and validation of smart ICT solutions for active ageing within multi stakeholder ecosystems. The kick off meeting is organised back to back with the Dutch Design Week, which will give attendees the opportunity also to participate in this international event with exhibitions, workshops and seminars about design, innovation, co­-creation, design thinking and social design. During the kick off meeting, the co-­creation concept of ‘design thinking for policy development with all stakeholders involved’ will be central. Participants will be submerged in the experience of this concept, which should be an inspiration during the further implementation of ITHACA. 

During the third EEPE the host region will describe the policy context, ecosystem development and profile, whereafter peer evaluators will present their feedback. The third Exchange of Experience and Peer Evaluation event (EEPE) will start with an evening briefing of visiting delegates about the peerreview process and their specific tasks and responsibilities during and after the EEPE.

Day 1 focuses on the host region’s strategy and policy context, ecosystem development and profile. The afternoon sessions will highlight the host region’s “Living lab” Infrastructure and its cocreation, realworld testing and validation process together with concrete exemplars of smart health and care solutions emerging from it.

On day 2 participants will focus on the route to Market and Scaling Up, Public Procurement and Consumer Market stages of the innovation cycle. Effectively, the host region will export and share its experience. During the final afternoon peer evaluators will prepare and present their feedback to the host region (on their respective themes). The concluding, and interactive, peer evaluation seminar will involve visiting delegates and hosts.

The Expert Task Force, drawing on the EEPE, key documentation and peer evaluator feedback, will draft an evaluation report in the month thereafter.

Would you like to join? Send an e-mail to Astrid Kaag [email protected] and explain why you should be there!