The Vintage Project
Since June 2006, with the Riga Ministerial Declaration on e-Inclusion, it has been officialised at European level the need of a deeper reflection about barriers and possible solutions for a more concrete relation between elderly people and ICT. Europe is a continent that aging more and more quickly, especially in rural areas (Eurostat - Ageing in the European Union: where exactly? - Issue number 26/2010), and European policies, from the Treaty of Lisbon in the year 2000 to the Europe2020 strategy, have always emphasized the importance to tackle the challenges associated with demographic ageing (Council - Ecofin - Conclusions on European 2020 Strategy. Brussels, 9 June 2010) especially through actions that empower older people to fully participate in the economy and society, continue independent lifestyles and enhance their quality of life.
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VINTAGE @ Brussels!
VINTAGE @BRUSSELS will be the final event of the Grundtvig Multilateral Project “Valorization of Innovative Technologies for Ageing in Europe”, co-financed by the European Commission through the Lifelong Learning Program and promoted by the Association Study Center City of Foligno. During the last two years, VINTAGE tried to make ICT more accessible for non-native digital people, promoting the benefits in terms of quality of life and independency.
The main objective of VINTAGE was to provide the elders with the necessary competences to cope with changes and being active into the society. For this reason an open source software has been developed, based on the target group’s expressed needs. Thanks to this software, approximately 300 people were trained in partner countries in Europe: Greece, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Turkey and United Kingdom.
Between the 16th and 17th of January the final event will be organized in Brussels. On the 16th of January from, 14:30 to 19:00, the International Conference will take place in the Umbria Region Brussels Office (Rond Point Schuman, 14). Representatives of the European Commission, Umbria Region and members of umbrella organization will intervene. During the event, it will be also possible to test the VINTAGE software and participate at an open lab which will explore various modalities of hardware rehabilitation. The day after, on the 17th, at the Cultural Centre of the French Community “Le Botanique” (Rue Royale, 236), from 10:00 to 20:00, it will be possible to visit the exhibition “The Artist’s PC – Technophobia and the ways to overcome it. A manual and a survival kit”, with the curatorship of the Association VIAINDUSTRIAE. Product of the display will be a booklet which will not only describe it but will also consist in a guidebook for alternative use of PC.