The CARE4TECH Final Conference, the SMART LIVING FORUM took place on 14 November 2019 in the Congress Center Villach in Austria.
The Conference was dedicated to the design of our future digitally supported everyday life from the modern home to the advanced workplace. High-caliber lecturers provided visionary food for thought and demonstrated from their own practice how ideas can be implemented successfully and what hurdles have to be overcome. Examples and innovation methods from industry and research encouraged people to open their eyes to new ideas. The focus was on questions such as "What future do we want to shape together and how can this succeed?" "How do I get from technology to application?" The Smart Living Forum brought up different topics regarding technology development, innovation, and interregional anchoring of Smart Living technologies with a focus on broader integration of Smart Living technologies in everyday life. At the centre of this discussion are elements like data science and artificial intelligence and the question about a common European way.
The CARE4TECH partnership was strongly represented throughout the entire program with Alessandro Marini, CEO, AFIL, Carl Spörri, modum.io from Technopark Zurich, Johannes Oberzaucher, CARE4TECH project leader, CUAS, Holger Czuday from Bayern Innovativ, and Barbara Jonischkeit from Biopro, a CARE4TECH observer. The program was completed by international speakers with expertise in the field of Smart Living, and also in the field of Living Lab methodology. It became clear from all the different presentations and contributions that interregional collaboration will be a key factor for Europe’s competitive edge in the field of Smart Living technologies in the future. Europe could grasp the chance to link developments in the field of data science and artificial intelligence with classical European values. This way, it could represent a counterweight to other approaches like the more capitalistic Anglo-American system or the more control-based Chinese system.
The Forum ended with a presentation by Clotilde Mahé, Project Officer at the Alpine Space Program Joint Secretariat with a perspective on future possibilities of interregional collaboration in the field of Smart Living. She also invited participants to join the EUSALP annual forum in Milan and national stakeholder workshops to actively take part in the strategic set-up of future funding programs.
The Smart Living Forum took place in the framework of the Innovation Congress which hosted over 1600 participants. During two days, from 13 to 14 November 2019, participants had the possibility to visit the Smart Living Lounge. The idea for the Smart Living Lounge had been conceived by the CARE4TECH partnership during the Partnership Meeting in Zurich in April 2019. It looked like a living room that you walk into on the one hand to try out different Smart Living technologies and on the other hand to network with CARE4TECH representatives and strategic partners. The Smart Living Lounge was very well frequented throughout both days and many new contacts were established. It was an excellent opportunity to present the results and outputs of CARE4TECH and ensure its durability and impact on an international scale.