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His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon will attend the Nordic Independent Living Challenge awards ceremony

  • Published 10/05/2016
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon will attend the final award ceremony of the Nordic Independent Living Challenge at Oslo City Hall 9 June at 14.00.


Smart socks and pillboxes. A walker for stairs. An advanced shower system. A social network tool turning elderly an active resource in their neighbourhoods. These five innovative Nordic health and welfare solutions are competing for a NOK 1 million cash prize which will be awarded in Oslo 9 June.


The five solutions have all been developed through the Nordic Independent Living Challenge innovation competition, which was launched in February last year. Behind the solutions are five skilled teams of Nordic innovators hoping to win the main prize.



Download invitation and programme for the awards ceremony.



Royal presentation

Mayor Marianne Borgen will receive His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon at Oslo City Hall on behalf of the City of Oslo. His Royal Highness the Crown Prince will present the main prize of NOK 1 million, as well as a cross-Nordic collaboration prize and a student prize. The awards ceremony will be held from 14.00 to 16.30.


The five finalists have all designed solutions that help elderly and disabled citizens to live more independently in their own homes on their own terms. This is precisely what the five Nordic capitals Helsinki, Copenhagen, Oslo, Reykjavik and Stockholm sought to achieve when they created the Nordic Independent Living Challenge. The aim is to deal with some of the demographic challenges the Nordic region faces.


Nordic Innovation, the Nordic Council of Ministers’ institution to promote innovation and sustainable growth in the Nordic region, is also part of the team.  



Unique Nordic collaboration

The competition represents the first time the five Nordic capitals have collaborated in this way. Juha Jolkkonen, Acting Head of Department of Social Services and Health Care in the City of Helsinki, says the cities have benefitted greatly from the partnership.


“The cities have had access to a larger pool of innovators and actors than we usually can choose from when we procure health and welfare solutions. Furthermore, we had the opportunity to offer more support to the participants, especially by letting the finalists test their solutions in at least three of the cities,” says Jolkkonen.


In addition to the five finalists, 20 semi-finalists have also received help and support to develop their solutions.


“We are very pleased at the success of the collaboration with the five Nordic capitals, which has helped to develop both new innovators and exciting solutions that we look forward to presenting in Oslo, says Managing Director of Nordic Innovation, Carina Christensen.



The finalists

The five finalists competing for the prizes are:

  • Siren Smart Socks (DK): Temperature-sensing socks to prevent diabetic foot ulcers.
  • AssiStep (NO): A walker for better support when climbing stairs.
  • AbleOn ShowerSystem (NO): An innovative shower system providing safety and support.
  • Pilloxa (SE): A smart pillbox reminding you to take your medication.
  • Nifty Neighbour (Nappi Naapuri) (FI): A social networking tool turning elderly into an active resource in their neighbourhoods.


You can read more about the finalists, the semi-finalists and the competition at