Project: Activity based, intergenerational ICT interactions

Acronym FamConnector (Reference Number: aal-2009-2-126)
Duration 01/04/2010 - 01/10/2012
Project Topic The objective of FamConnector is to be Europe’s leading generic product in the field of meaningful, online inter-generational interactions between older adults (i.e. grandparents) and young children (i.e. their grandchildren, aged 3-9) and other geographically-distant family members. Through the unique integration of technology with content and activities to be developed on the basis of end-user feedback, FamConnector is designed to establish and nurture older adults’ connection to their grandchildren and loved ones, enriching their lives, engaging their minds and fostering meaningful relationships through new, content-rich experiences. Current communications tools offer only the means to send messages back and forth, but whether the exchange of information is written or oral, young children do not have the maturity or communication skills to engage in these types of interactions . They require content and activities, such as books, games and pictures, to provide the foundation for their interactions. The current state-of-the-art in communication is designed to support businesses or for the recreation of older children and adults, but neglects the requirements of young children, offering older adults without the means to reach out to them. FamConnector provides the solution. And, by focusing solely on intergenerational interactions, FamConnector will be able to provide the richest experience, offering a specifically-tailored, user-friendly platform with the most effective, relevant content so that each interaction creates a real, lasting impact in the lives of the elderly population we serve. In doing so, FamConnector can address a variety of needs such as connectivity, cognitive ability, inclusion, self-empowerment, identity, purpose and overall quality of life. As a white label scalable solution, FamConnector will empower other service providers for elderly people, enabling them to offer an added value solution and a new stream of revenue.
Network AAL

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
FamCorner Ltd Israel
Grandparents Plus United Kingdom
Hilfswerk Österreich Austria
Kotosalla Foundation Finland
University of Salzburg Austria
Universität St. Gallen - Institut for business administration Switzerland
terzStiftung Switzerland
Yrjö and Hanna Foundation Finland