Description of projects selected for the Smart Society Challenge

Jul 10, 2014Ecosystem

We published the list of selected teams for the Smart Society Challenge, but we know that many of you have been wondering what the ideas are about! Here is the list with descriptions of each application selected: 

Sixcampus aims to be the platform of choice for students when it comes to learning and studying online. It empowers students with a toolset that no other platform can offer: cloud based file sharing (for class notes), Q&A between users on every item and Khan/MOOC-like video sharing in order to understand concepts. The goal is to offer each and every School from all Universities a study group that meets their career requirements and expectations, providing also the chance of joining other existing communities that might meet their interests (robotics, learning languages…).

Healthiox is a health platform designed to help citizens and especially healthcare providers in their health care decision-making. It will bring the latest information and improve the medical advice given to citizens, assisting providers to develop their skills and knowledge.

FI-CARE strengthens humanitarian aid and response to people in crisis. The application would improve the efficiency of humanitarian assistance and the response to people during emergency crisis. The solution provides improvement of attention and patient monitoring during emergency situations, telemedicine and speedup of management of people (such as tracing by families and reunification, crowd displacement control, mapping of people profiles and their needs, people identification, assistance, personal credit control, social inclusion, camps and shelter management). In this context the prototype will use technologies and standards such as: RFID (Radio frequency identification), WebRTC, HXL (Humanitarian Exchange Language), biometry, bar codes, QR Codes, face detection/recognition, Wi-Fi, mobile apps… all of them integrated with FI-WARE technologies.

HappyCities is a new way to link social projects with people in order to express their involvement and therefore consciousness improving their own quality of life and happiness.

This is a social crowdfunding or crowdsourcing service that gives tangible benefits to society and promotes innovation where anyone with a cell phone can give funds to support a cause. They will create a donation component for the FI-LAB marketplace for anyone to receive donations from 80+ countries worldwide billed directly to the donor’s cell phone without the need of a credit card.

HackAcademy is an online educational platform for learning hardware, in an easy and fun way. The interactive and curated website enables you to become an Open Hardware master, starting from the Italian pride in the field, Arduino. One ultimate goal: hardware that works for you, not the other way around! They target the education space of open hardware and the Internet of things, as well as providing a co-working space for users and enterprises to collaboratively make and share projects online.

The project will allow citizens to receive alerts and emergency messages on their HbbTV enabled Smart TVs at home. The messages are generated through FI-Ware sensors cloud scattered through the city, and supervised by security forces, emergency institutions and other public authorities (police, firemen, health authorities, city council…) or directly generated by authorities. Those messages will be broadcasted OTA (Over The Air), through the same signal as the regular broadcast TV channels (including satellite transmission from tv “head-end” using the standard DVB-S and DVB-S2) , sharing most of the broadcast infrastructure.

SITIC Project
The SITIC Project was created in 2014 in order to build a platform for training people with Down syndrome and / or intellectual’s disability, as well as research centers or training institutions. They plan to create an inclusive tool for this collective with the use of FI-WARE.

EsAccesible app
EsAccesible app is an application for phones and tablets to let the user rate and share the accessibility of places (bars, restaurants, hotels, parking, etc.) for people with reduced mobility. A collaborative global map of accessibility is built through the places that those users add to this application. 

FIGlass is a new concept that makes use of the most modern technology in order to give the best environment integration for the hearing impaired. Until now every solution for this collective is based on visual alerts hardwired in their home, like a blinking light to notify the doorbell sound. All these products are impersonal, environment dependent and require of additional attention from the user. FiGlass project introduces a new personalized concept as an extension of your own senses. This is possible; thanks to augmented reality technology. This product gives the user notifications and visual alerts that are perceived easily by people that are hearing impaired. In short, they will be able to perceive the same stimulus as a person without hearing problems, like the doorbell sound.

The main goal of this project is to give children and students the ability of getting encyclopedia
knowledge in a short user-friendly way: using naturally speaking voice interaction. Human-to-computer communication requires Human-friendly interfaces. Spoken Natural Language is the most human of them. Typically Voice User Interface (VUI) consists of Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), Natural Language Understanding (NLU) and speech synthesis, or Text-To-Speech (TTS). This project is focusing on the NLU implementation and uses ASR and TTS as third-party components.

BiT application aims to provide a platform to enhance the communication between parents and teachers. Teachers will send notifications about the students to parents: grades, comments on performance, assistance, discipline and special activities, amongst others. The application will also help parents and students to organize the students’ agenda by displaying a calendar with all the activities to do (e.g. exams, homework, excursion…).

Platform to improve the quality of university undergraduate programs based on the real life experiences of graduates / professionals and businesses through interaction with students and teachers. A measure of a good university education is how graduates are serving to the real demand in the industry and society. Needs, proposals, suggestions, weaknesses and ideas for each undergraduate program registered can be sent by users to help improve quality of programs, or why not, create new undergraduate programs and the future programs that society and world needs.

Blind people have the right to improve their welfare. Beacons are revolutionary not because of the idea (they are a lot of similar technologies: Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC, standard Bluetooth), but because it is really easy and cheap to integrate and set-up a beacon. This democratization of technology adds flexibility to the management of information. Registering a new beacon with the right message and location is very fast. You can think that this idea can be achieved with the Wi-Fi or GPS tech, but these technologies aren’t accurate as beacon proximity technologies. And the best of all is the low consumption. We can sell a work fence with a beacon with a battery life of 5 or more years. If you add solar energy the lifetime could be longer or…forever? With a word wide map of beacons we can help the blind to live a better life.

ProHealth is a company with the goal to centralize the clinical data by integrating our cloud-based system with hospitals' and clinics' systems. Nowadays there is a problem in the healthcare system. If you travel or just go to a different center, your clinical data is not going to be there. The healthcare system works the same way it worked hundreds of years ago, with terrible consequences for the system. There is a huge waste of time every time you visit a new doctor and sometimes people just forget to document relevant diagnostics.

This project is aimed to connect ill and healthy children through online web teaching portal. To inspire them, educate and entertain them in a safe online environment through an online teaching class.
Pyjama kids are kids who are ill and bond to bed for a long-term. As pyjamas are often what they wear all day long, it also becomes their crest. They did not choose their handicap or their illness. They are children who see the world from different and often limited perspectives; they can see the world from bed.

Healthcare is slowly but indefectibly turning to a Personalized Medicine paradigm. In the next few years, we will have better prognosis and diagnosis tools that work for each individual. Potential examples include targeted treatments, or 3D printed implants for each patient. Information Technologies play an important role in this change of paradigm, because low-cost devices can act as individual sensors, and the data is transferred to healthcare practitioners and even analyzed in a real-time manner. That produces better, quicker and cheaper healthcare procedures.

My people care
My People Care is a platform for people being cared for (e.g. an elderly parent, a sick child, an incapacitated adult) in their own home: it allows them and their non-professional caretakers (e.g. a daughter, a son, a neighbor) and professional caretakers (e.g. visiting nurse, a doctor) to pass on information to each other in the most efficient way.

With the CARES we now have the ability to collect, store and manage health care information by monitoring any smart device. One of the main advantages that our system offers is that it monitors users through indoors and outdoors sensors to give the users, the doctors and the people concerned feedback in real-time. This is especially helpful to doctors because this information will help them to measure the effectiveness of their patient’s treatments (e-Health).

Wake up
Wake up is a new revolutionary way to wake up in the morning with a new and improved alarm clock system. Most people use the same alarm sound for everyday, without considering things like the current weather conditions, how busy their calendar is or whether you'll experience light or heavy traffic while driving to the office. 'Wake up' lets the user decide how they want to be woken up. They are going to build a product separated from the smartphone with modules for waking up with News, weather and music, and an open platform for creating new ones.

Where2Study is a FI-WARE based online application that tries to simplify the task of picking a studying location by supplying relevant information about the most popular places. This information will be displayed in an intuitive way helped by the integration with Google Maps technology, showing the location of these studying places and displaying the information on demand. The information is to be obtained via sensors located in libraries and other relevant places, and then treated and used through the cloud. Also, an extra feature of an anonymous chat is attached to each of the locations, allowing students already on the spot or planning to go there to communicate and to be able to organize sessions of group studying or finding partners who share their same subjects or topics.

Kodefu is an online platform, that teach users how to code. Kodefu allows users to do useful things with their lives like learning web languages such as HTML or CSS to create their own CV among other exercises. The platform will provide courses with different levels. The aim is that users with different levels can log into the platform and learn according to their level. One important thing about Kodefu is the possibility of viewing the achievements of other users in order to create a big community of “Ninjas”.


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