Enhancing the quality of life for
a 'graying society'
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2005 ICT student design competition
[DEC. 17, 2004]
BERLIN -- As 1.2 million
people monthly turn 60 worldwide, new solutions and products are
essential for that "Global Sleeping Giant: The Agequake," which is
fast approaching. By 2050 the number of people over 60 will reach 2
billion, and older people will outnumber children age 1-14 by a
ratio of 2-to-1. In response to this, the International Council for
Caring Communities has organized an initial worldwide competition in
information and communication technologies, focused on "ICT for All
competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students and aims
- Stimulate a bridge between
research and practice.
- Promote dialogue and solutions
concerning older people.
Students from around the world are
being asked to develop solutions toward integrating older people
into the fabric of the community and fully including them in all
social, cultural and productive activities.
Competition entries are to:
- Emphasize the message that the
next generation must, and can, proactively plan for a society of
- Harness information technologies
as instruments of social cohesion and social inclusion.
Entry forms are due by May 31, 2005,
and entries are due by Sept. 1, 2005.
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Awards are $10,000 for first prize,
$5,000 for second prize and $2,500 for third prize.
An exhibition of the project and the
winning entries will be on display in various related venues
worldwide. The first exhibition is to be at the World Summit on the
Information Society in November 2005 in Tunis, Africa. A further
exhibition will be at U.N. Headquarters in New York during the
Commission for Social Development in February 2006, to be attended
by 200 government delegations from both the public and private
For competition guidelines, go to