Perspectives on collaboration in technology innovation for ageing

Piper Jackson, Judith Sixsmith, Alex Mihailidis, Andrew Sixsmith

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Seven gerontechnology innovation projects spanning nineteen years were considered in terms of project activities, collaboration and management. The projects we considered were: PLANEC, OTIS, Care in the Community, SAPHE, SOPRANO, Smart Distress Monitor and COACH. Three interviews with project partners identified the nature and goals of the project, the composition of the team members, and the challenges, solutions, successes, and failures. Thematic analysis revealed three common themes spanning the projects which are likely to be issues in other technology innovation and research projects. The themes are navigating boundaries, succeeding at “things you’re not very good at”, and managing disparate teams. In this article we discuss the factors contributing to these thematic concerns, and present solutions that were helpful for the projects in the expectation that the knowledge generated from those working experiences is transferable to other projects that involve the intersection of technology development and social concerns.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInclusive Smart Cities and e-Health
Subtitle of host publication13th International Conference on Smart Homes and Health Telematics, ICOST 2015, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783319193120
ISBN (Print)9783319193113
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event13th International Conference on Smart Homes and Health Telematics, ICOST 2015 - Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 10 Jun 201512 Jun 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349


Conference13th International Conference on Smart Homes and Health Telematics, ICOST 2015


  • Collaboration
  • Gerontechnology
  • Project Management
  • Transdisciplinarity

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