Research & Impact
01 Mar 2021
User-centric Gerontech makes a difference
Lingnan University has been actively initiating community projects like LU Jockey Club Gerontechnology and Smart Ageing, making contributions to society through research and knowledge transfer in recent years. While gerontechnology aims to improve the quality of life of the elderly as well as their caregivers, NGOs are also one of the key users of such technology.
Together with the HKSTP (Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation), the project team from LU Jockey Club Gerontechnology and Smart Ageing hosted a “Gerontech Users x Tech Companies Focus Group Meeting” on 26 February to foster idea exchange among three elderly service organizations and three technology companies.
The focus group discussion aims to promote the development of user-centric gerontech, and to encourage taking the opinions and needs of the elderly and the users into consideration during the research and development process.
With the nomination for the “HKSAR Chief Executive’s Community Project List” and funding from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, Lingnan University launched “LU Jockey Club Gerontechnology and Smart Ageing Project” (2019-2022). It serves as an educational platform to provide training courses and workshops on “Gerontechnology in Healthcare, Dining, Living and Transport”. It also aims to promote gerontechnology, support smart ageing socialpreneurship, and build a database in the areas of gerontech products and services, social innovation and startups by conducting baseline studies, with a vision to offer policy recommendations to the industry and Government.