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Jury selects five finalists in prize competition for 1 million kroner

Ran Ma and Siren Smart Socks are one of the five finalists who will go on to the testing stage.
  • Published 18/12/2015
Press release: The jury has chosen the five finalists of the Nordic Independent Living Challenge.


Oslo, 18 December 2015 


A jury of experts have now selected the five teams that will enter the finals of The Nordic Independent Living Challenge. They will compete for one million Norwegian kroner awarded to the best solution aimed at helping elderly and people with disabilities to live independently in their own home.  


The five teams are:

  • Siren Smart Socks – temperature sensing socks preventing diabetic foot ulcers (DK)
  • AssiStep – rollator for the stairs (NO)
  • AbleOn ShowerSystem – the only shower aid that can get you to and from the shower easily (NO)
  • Pilloxa – smart pillbox that takes care of remembering your medicine (SE)
  • Nifty Neighbour (Nappi Naapuri) – allowing neighbours to care for the elderly and those nearby (FI)


The five teams are solving a very real challenge. All the Nordic countries are facing a dramatic increase in people in need of solutions that can help them live independently and increase their quality of life. From 2015 to 2030, the share of elderly people (65+ years of age) will increase from 25 to 40 percent of the entire Nordic adult population.  


– This is a crucial topic. The demographic forecasts speak for themselves, and we need to develop new solutions for both the increasing number of citizens in need of help and the municipalities responsible for providing it, says managing director of Nordic Innovation, Carina Christensen.


The challenge is largely the same throughout the Nordic region, which is why the five Nordic capital cities decided on a joint effort with Nordic Innovation. The challenge prize format, which is new on a Nordic level, was chosen to find a large variety of innovative ideas and solutions.


– We have been very impressed with the inspiration, innovation and the quality of the 25 teams that were presented at this stage. We are also happy with the overwhelming enthusiasm illustrated by the more than four hundred project ideas that were initially submitted when the competition was launched. It shows the vast potential for health and welfare innovation in the Nordic countries, says Nordic Innovation’s Mona Truelsen, project manager for the competition.


The winner of the Nordic Independent Living Challenge will be found in June 2016, following an intensive stage where the five remaining solutions will be developed further and tested in close collaboration with the Nordic capitals. 


For more information about the five finalists, the Nordic Independent Living Challenge, further resources and contacts, please see the press kit.




Read more about the finalists and the rest of the semifinalists (PDF).