BRAID aimed to develop a comprehensive research and technological development roadmap for active ageing by consolidating existing roadmaps and by describing and launching a stakeholder co-ordination and consultation mechanism.

The BRAID Project proposes to consolidate existing research (roadmaps and perspectives) on Information Communications Technology (ICT) and Ageing. The project will create a mechanism that can aid the co-ordination and consultation of the people involved in the process (stakeholders); it will improve the existing co-ordination and collaboration between these stakeholders.

BRAID will identify key research challenges and produce a vision for a comprehensive approach in supporting the well-being and socio-economic integration of increasing numbers of senior citizens in Europe. It will create a self-sustaining dynamic strategic mechanism for overcoming the fragmentation that has plagued e-inclusion. The three main objectives of BRAID are:

To create a dynamic ICT and Ageing roadmap that addresses older people’s needs not otherwise well met, that identifies and benefits from best practices in the EU and elsewhere and that analyses current and potential gaps in knowledge and execution;

Instantiate a strategic research agenda that tracks and builds upon existing, emerging and disruptive technologies and that responds to the changing socio-economic conditions of stakeholders’

Expand the BRAID networks of contacts to build a self-sustaining co-ordination mechanism which is viral and ubiquitous and reaches out across the heterogeneity of stakeholders.

BRAID will build upon the experience and knowledge developed in previous projects while taking account of e-inclusion efforts in the EU27 as well as Australia, Canada, Japan and the US. The team is a unique group made up by representatives of the FP7 (EU Seventh Framework Programme) ICT and Ageing roadmap consortia (AALIANCE, CAPSIL, ePAL, SENIOR) and gathers together EU excellence in the field of ICT and Ageing from the main relevant perspectives.

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