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Monday, 23 October 2017

21st SciFY Academy | Dementia & Technology
Technological solutions for those who forget... a little or not 

On Wednesday, 18th of October SciFY team along with Alzheimer Athens and NRSC "Demokritos" held in INNOVATHENS was held the 21st SciFY Academy on "Dementia & Technology" where we tried to answer: "How does Technology help People with Dementia?"

More than 120 health professionals, caregivers of people with dementia as well as students from related schools attended the seminar that was focused on practical solutions and tools for people with dementia.

Initially Dr. Paraskevi Sakka, Neurologist and Psychiatrist, President of the Company Alzheimer Athens and President of the National Observatory on Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease, talked about Alzheimer's disease, the latest developments and how Greece is affected today in social and economic terms. See the presentation of Dr. Sakka here.

Later on, Ms. Eleni Margioti, Clinical Neuropsychologist from the Alzheimer's Athens Company, referred to the Non Pharmaceutical Interventions for dementia such as: mental empowerment, physical exercise, occupational therapy, speech therapy, etc. You can find the presentation of Ms Margioti here.

The third speaker of the event was Mr Vasilis Giannakopoulos, Marketing & Impact Manager of SciFY, where he presented the application for mobile phones "diAnoia" developed by SciFY for those who take care of people with Dementia. View the full presentation of Mr Giannakopoulos here. 

 

Then SingularLogic's Project Manager of European Projects, Mr Nikos Drosos referred to tools and technologies that help people with dementia. See the presentation of Mr Drosos here.

 

Finally, Dr Vassiliki Rentoumi, researcher at NCSR "Demokritos", on the occasion of the European IASIS Project, refered to the developments regarding individualized medicine for patiens with Alzheimer's. You can find the presentation of Dr Rendumi here.

 

After the end of the presentations the participants had the opportunity to ask their questions to the speakers. Friends from all over Greece asked us to livestream the event and we managed. Hundreds of people watched the live streaming.

For all of you that did not participate in the event you can watch the full event it in this link: http://go.scify.gr/sfacIN21Video

We want to thank the Alzheimer Athens, NCSR “Dimokritos”INNOVATHENS and all of you that you helped us to make our dream of the free dissemination of knowledge a reality!

Friday, 14 July 2017

Artificial Intelligence - AI is changing daily the way we work, looking for information, making our purchases ... Although it has recently become a "hot topic" of public debate, our view is that it is one more tool. This tool which is extremely useful and evolving must be used correctly and intelligently, with respect for the people.

This is what we are doing:

Education

ΑΙ Solutions

500 students, scientists and entrepreneurs have attended SciFY Academy educational events. Through presentations and workshops we helped attendees:

We developed NewSum, the world's first application to create automatic news summaries from many sources, we implemented it in two languages and offered it for free. Thousands of users use it daily for real-time pluralistic news coverage.

 NewSum: Learn more here

Tools & Consulting for organizations

 

Research & Development

We offer artificial intelligence tools that add value to businesses and organizations.

  • NewSum technology is already being used by international news sites as well as applications such as palo.gr.
  • In collaboration with Bodossaki Foundation we developed newsdynamo, and created a news portal around Civil Society
  • In collaboration with NCSR "Demokritos" we have developed content personalization technology (PServer) and offered it for free under open source liecences.
  • We work with businesses to automatically analyze business meetings to increase their efficiency.

We use research results to create working solutions: We develop innovative tools and run pilot projects (e.g. JedAI) - in collaboration with research institutes and universities such as Université PARIS 5, Athens University, NCSR "Demokritos" and Harokopio University - with applications for the analysis of open comments (Open Comments Analyzer), for sales contact gathering (Contact Harvester), etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, 07 July 2017

DemocracIT: 1800+ Beneficiaries

EUCROWD: Let's Crowdsource the Future of Europe

SMARTeD: Smart eDemocracy Against Fake News

An open-source, open-ended collaborative platform for commenting and annotating on public consultations. 

Learn more for this project here

Our goal is to increase the participation of citizens in matters concerning their country and Europe.

Learn more for this project here

We strengthen Democracy by fighting FakeNews

Learn more for this project here

Platform of Political Innovation: Active Commons

Citizens Workshops in local and national scale,  Toolbox for Citizens Educatinal Programs and 2 Comparative Researches.

Learn more for this project here

Friday, 07 July 2017

Memor-i Studio: 8,000+ Beneficiaries & 5+ Organizations using it

You can build your own electronic games for blind children, event if you don't have any programming skills! No time for this? Try the other 30+ games here and here.

Learn more for this project here

LEAP: 14,000+ Beneficiaries & 5+ Organizations using it

3 Games, 3 Operating Systems, 3 Languages... Thousands of users! Try LEAP games here.

Learn more for this project here

Talk and Play: 950+ Beneficiaries & 4 Organizations using it

A system that allows people with disabilities to: communicate, be more independent during their leisure time, and receive training and exercise for rehabilitation.

Learn more for this project here

DiAnoia: 3,000+ Beneficiaries & 4 Organizations using it

ICSee: 16,000+ Beneficiaries

FeIRd: 100+ Beneficiaries & 20+ Organizations using it

A solution for people with oncoming dementia and their carers. Download here!

Learn more for this project here

Simple, Multiple filters for variety of impairments, Vocal Instructions. A tool for people with visual impairments.

Learn more for this project here

"The device has helped me very much! I can control the TV and other devices that work with infrared with great ease, something that gives me great autonomy in this area" George

Learn more for this project here

ICStudy: A Solution for Students with Vision Impairments 

Pilot Version

We developed a Software & Hardware Solution and we offered it as Open Source

Learn more for this project here

Q4ADHD: Assure Quality of VET of students with ADHD

Develop a European Quality Assurance Framework for VET and a concrete Toolkit for supporting VET providers in improving their VET offers ; assure that ADHD learners will enjoy quality training to become more employable

Learn more for this project here 

Think Freedom: Giving more freedom to people with disabilities

Research Phase

The goal: To increase accessibility to the computer and other appliances to people with special needs, no matter what the needs are, so that they can be and feel as autonomous and free as they can be.

Learn more for this project here

Thursday, 06 July 2017

The Need

How can we help those dealing with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)?
How can we help their carers? 

People with dementia, due to the ongoing decline in their mental abilities, need proper care at each stage. Their carers feel they have a great responsibility in their hands. Therefore, dementia affects not only the person dealing with it, but the caregivers, too.

Tools exist: In recent years many non-pharmaceutical interventions have been developed and used for people with dementia, aimed at strengthening/keeping their mental abilities and treating behavioral disorders. These are simple and fun exercises that anyone can apply with proper guidance.

These interventions, combined with pharmaceutical therapy, help people with dementia to remain functional and maintain a good quality of life for a longer period of time.

 However, these non-pharmaceutical interventions are not widely known, especially to those who are living far from dementia support centers.

Τhe Solution

Developing an educational application for family caregivers and health professionals in order to provide knowledge about simple techniques of non-pharmaceutical interventions will provide valuable insight and tools.

The smartphone application for the project "diAnoia" is useful for practicing the mental skills of people dealing with:

  • Mild Cognitive Impairment with significant deficits
  • Early-stages of dementia

For this reason:

success(1).png We created an educational application

The application is available for android and iOS smartphones / tablets and allows carers and health professionals to learn simple techniques of non-pharmaceutical interventions and use them to help people with dementia (at home or at non-specialized structures in the field of dementia, such as public structures for the elderly), when they cannot attend a Day Center for people with dementia for various reasons.

success(1).png We add supportive material

We explain the interventions, give clear instructions, examples, printing material and videos, in order to make the learning process  easier and allow for daily application. 

success(1).png We give incentives for action

We incorporate ways to remind caregivers to use mental exercises and encourage people with dementia to engage in beneficial activities.

success(1).png We offer the application for free

For the first time in Greece, such an application is being developed to disseminate valuable knowledge and expertise, to everyone. Not only is the application being developed in close collaboration with end-users, it is also offered for free. 

success(1).png We share the code under open source licenses

The code is available under open source licences at GitHub, so that everyone can further develop it.

Who can use it

The application is addressed to:

  • Carers of people dealing with dementia (family and professional caregivers) 
  • Health professionals working in the field of dementia

And to:

  • scientists/institutions/clinics who deal with dementia

The project DiAnoia:

  • Caregivers, health professionals and institutions have now a free useful tool for everyday use 
  • People with dementia can now enjance the quality of their everyday lives and their funcionality

Partners

The project was developed with the scientific diligence and in collaboration with the Athens Alzheimer. 

Funding

The project "DiAnoia" was implemented under the "Points of Support" program, which is co-funded by TIMA Charitable Foundation, John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, Hellenic Hope charity and Bodossakis Foundation. 

The iOS version has been funded by Alzheimer Athens.

Download

The first version of diAnoia is available for free for Android & iOS (in Greek). It is suitable for smartphones and tablets.

 

Results

 Impact: 3,000+ Downloads

  • diAnoia is available for Android & iOS, too! (in Greek)
  • Up to 3,000 people downloaded the app
  • 60+ publications in the Press

Next Steps

The project “diAnoia” is only a small part of the strategic plan of SciFY for a overall dementia intervention, that we hope will change the field. Due to the close collaboration with Alzheimer Athens, we plan carefully but promptly our next steps.
We have already planned ways to help carers, people dealing with dementia, Institutions, Health professionals, in compliance with the National Action Plan for Dementia, through a series of interventions that complement one another and create a coherent whole.

Project ID

 

  • Partners: Alzheimer Athens
  • Duration: 03/2017-03/2018
  • Funding: The project "DiAnoia" was implemented under the "Points of Support" program, which is co-funded by TIMA Charitable Foundation, John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, Hellenic Hope charity and Bodossakis Foundation. The iOS version has been funded by Alzheimer Athens.
Friday, 24 March 2017

17th SciFY Academy | Introduction to Digital Marketing
"Road Map on to know how to begin"

On Friday March 24  SciFY's team co organized alongside the cooperative of Digital Communication Sociality in INNOVATHENS The Hub of Innovation & Entrepreneurship of the City of Athens, one more seminar and lab, on the Digital Marketing subject.  

As every time before, representatives of the business sector, as well as students of economics schools, members of civil society and people who want to be informed about the developments in the field of advertising, have come to INNOVATHENS to attend the 17th SciFY Academy on "Introduction to Digital Marketing".

At the first SciFY Academy for 2017, the keynote speaker was mr Spyros Tzortzis, where his long experience in online marketing and the fact that he is an official partner of Google in Greece make him an expert.

During the seminar we had the opportunity to refer to the following topics:

  • Why Digital Marketing?
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Digital Paid Ads
  • Email Marketing
  • Analytics

Of course, after the end of the presentation, there was time to solving questions from the public. Again, a very interesting discussion followed with the participation of all the attendees and later on, with individual discussions with the Sociality team.

We are very grateful to Mr Spyros Tzortzis, his associates, INNOVATHENS and of course all those who attended and participated in the seminar by making very interesting comments and questions and especially because they contributed once again into realizing our vision for the free dissemination of knowledge!

To be informed about the next SciFY Academy events you can register here.

Find the Presentation of the 17 SciFY Academy here

Thursday, 15 December 2016

16th SciFY Academy | Newton
"The Power of God"

On Thursday 15 of December, SciFY's team organized alongside NCSR "Dimokritos" and INNOVATHENS Hub of Innovation & Entrepreneurship of The Municipality of Athens, the 16th SciFY Academy, where the dramatized documentary produced by Eugenides Foundation and directed by Panos Anestis "Newton, the Power of God" was projected and then followed a discussion with the film makers and researchers of "EKEFE Dimokritos".  

In festive and christmas spirit, in the last SciFY Academy for 2016, came students, young researchers, and people who were interested in learning about the life and the work of Sir Isaak Newton, to watch the documentary "Newton, The Power of God" and to participate in the discussion about the stereotypes regarding scientists and researchers, their interaction with society and ways for better dissemination of the results of science to public.

In the beginning, the event started with Dr Giannakopoulos, who talked about the collaboration between SciFY and EKEFE Dimokritos and presented some projects that were developed by this collaboration, such as Newsum and PServer.

Later, followed the projection of the documentary accompanied with pop-corn. The interest was great since by watching this extraordinary documentary we had the chance to see aspects of the work and his personality less known to public. 

After the end of the projection, followed a discussion. The panel of speakers consisted of : Dr George Giannakopoulos Technical Director in SciFY & Researcher in the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications of NCSR Dimokritos, Lida Arnellou Doctor of Science Communication at the University of Peloponnese, Dimitris Petakos Doctor of History of Science at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Panos Anestis screenwriter/director, Historian of Sciences and Ph.D. in the Department of Cinema at APT and Vasilis Konstandoudis Physicist, Doctor, Researcher at the Microelectronics Institute of NCSR Dimokritos. 

Regarding the stereotypes that exist for scientists and researchers even today, Ms. Leda Arnellou mentioned the example of David Gijbels. In the early 80's he went to schools and told the children to paint a scientist in a white paper. What the children painted was a bearded man with a white robe, around objects such as test tubes, a skeleton, books, a computer and the DNA chain. It has been repeated since then, the same, between the ages of 5 and 19 in various countries of the world, and what is observed is that all children of any age, all over the world, are painting the same. 

Speakers, among other things, about how stereotypes affect us, reported that images are affecting us. Science is perceived as something outside society. Children do not want to become scientists because it is difficult. There is still today the hierarchy between scientific disciplines.

Regarding the role of woman in science, Leda Arnellou said that the scientist is always portrayed as a man, and if it is a woman then it has been painted by a woman. In the film, the woman's role is more psychoanalytic, as the director of the documentary Panos Anestis said, as Newton's mother, abandoned him and returned after years having other children as well.

When asked how scientists see themselves in society, Mr. Vasilis Konstandoudis, preferred the term researcher by the term scientist and mentioned as a student. Who must leave arrogance and selfishness and come closer to society. He pointed that scientific methodology should be more sociocentric. Dr George Giannakopoulos added that the science center is a community like any other community, with its particularities, policy, working environment.

Following the debate, the need for a better link between science and society was emphasized. The collaboration and interaction with other specialties and parts of society. An example mentioned by Mrs Leda Arnellou is the zooniverse in which everyone is allowed to participate in an investigation or to make their own. Also, Mr. Petakos has mentioned that historically, farmers, fishermen, professionals in general in a field, had better know-how than the researchers trying to see in their field. Moreover, Dr. Giannakopoulos stated that it is a mistake to try solving a problem, without asking the ones that have it. The particularities of a society must be respected and it is very important to identify the real needs and not to generate other needs.

As a conclussion, mr Petakos said that it is the scientist's obligation to study thoroughly. Ms Arnellou stated, that the internet is an ocean of information whereas there is also misinformation, so the existence of tools, criteria is essential, so that the facts are crosschecked from various sources in the future. 

We sincerely thank all the speakers and contributors of the documentary that attended the event, INNOVATHENS and of course all those who came up with very interesting comments and questions and mainly because they contributed once more to realizing our vision of free dissemination of knowledge!

In order to be informed about the next SciFY Academy Events you can register here.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

15th SciFY Academy | Work Socially
"Social Impact: Make the first steps"

On Wednesday November 23, SciFY's team, co operated with INNOVATHENS Hub of Innovation & Entrepreneurship of The Municipality of Athens, one more seminar and workshop, about Social entrepreneurship. 

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As every time before, representatives of the academic, research and business sector, as well as students of various schools, and people who want to create or participate in a social enterprise, have come to INNOVATHENS to attend the 15th SciFY Academy on: "Social Impact: Make the first steps".

In one of the last SciFY Academies for 2016, the main speaker was Ms Matina Kanaki, a supporter of social entrepreneurship and one of the most active members in the field for the last 20 years, where she introduced us to the concepts of Social Entrepreneurship and its social impact. The seminar was divided into two parts, the presentation made by Ms Kanaki and the lab, where the participants had the chance to apply their knowledge, planning and implementing the steps of their concept of a social enterprise.

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The interest of the participants was great throughout the whole seminar with various questions in both parts of the seminar.

Initially, in the first part of the event, ms Kanaki presented the conditions, meaning and the values of social economy and enterpreneurship, pointing out that its difference from private business is the social mission, that it brings some values to bring a social change and a social impact. At the same time, it has a twofold goal, the solving of a social problem and the profit as well, since if the product remains an idea and is not bought, it won't be viable. On the other hand the target of a social enterprise should not be the filling of new positions but the delimitation of the appropriate business model.

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She then referred to good and meaningful examples of social enterprises in Greece and abroad, giving the participants the opportunity to elaborate and analyze the frameworks in which an idea can transform into a sustainable social enterprise.

The European Research Network EMES (EMES European Research Network http://emes.net/) specialized in social enterprise issues, economy and public participation, has dealt in many of it's publications with the ideal Social Enterprise, where among others it has multi-participation, democratic decision-making, profit-sharing control for achieving a greater social impact.

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The second and main part of the event was devoted to the workshop of the creation  of a hypothetical social corporation. The participants, divided into subgroups and under the guidance of Ms Kanaki and her associates, had the opportunity to design a social company and apply what they had learned. Following six key steps, they began to develop their own social initiative by solving through the discussion and the guidance of experienced mentors, questions related to the first steps of creating a social enterprise.

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Due to the limited time, Ms Kanaki focused more on the financial and management part of creating a company, as, according to her presentation, this is where the biggest difficulties of sustainability of Greek Social Entrepreneurship are identified.

In summary, the six basic steps of creating and operating a Social Company are:

  1. Short description: Of the idea or the service.
  2. Product Identification: features, competitors, peculiarities.
  3. Market definition: target, target group, market entry barriers, ways to resolve them.
  4. Marketing Plan: "4 Ps" (Product, Place, Price, Promotion) Placement of the Company in the Market (depending on the product) and price differentiation based on it. How to promote the product, how to advertise.
  5. Management & Organization: Description of its function, who are its people (Roles, Responsibilities), what facilities does it have and which are needed.
  6. Financial Forecast: What are the investments and the operating costs, what is the time needed to cover these costs, which is the Break Even Point?

Through the information portal on the actions of the Social Cooperative Enterprises for all Greece, interested parties can obtain important information on the topic http://koinsep.org/

We sincerely thank Ms Matina Kanaki, her associates, INNOVATHENS and of course all who attended and participated actively in the workshop but also throughout the event, making very interesting comments and questions and mainly because they contributed once more to the realization of the vision for the free dissemination of knowledge!

To be informed about the next events of SciFY Academy you can register here

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

14th SciFY Academy | Open Data
"Open Data. Now!"

On Wednesday October 26, as a part of the project Your Data Stories, SciFY, ODI Athens of Open Technologies Organization - ΕΕLLΑΚ and SKEL Lab of NCSR "Demokritos" co operated for making a series of presentations related to Open Data.

  

The speeches were hosted by distinguished business executives and experts in this research field, presenting innovative projects that promote the exploitation and evolution of data, not only for the development of the economy and business, but also for dealing with everyday and social problems.

As we learned from the speeches, the technology and business community are investing in the future and the developing of Big Data, looking for mechanisms and platforms to maximize the use of the data and metadata. Identifying and analyzing them helps us to discern the really useful information and to separate it from the "noise", to judge its credibility and ultimately to anticipate with greater certainty the future situations and market trends, even social behavior.

  

Lastly, extra emphasis was placed on the ways to maintain the balance between the privacy and the openness of the data, thus covering the legal aspects of the issue. It is worth noting that despite the great participation of speakers at the event, the content of the presentations was comprehensive, in-depth and gave an integrated approach of the subject, both at the business and at the research levels.

  

Moreover, despite the technical expertise around Open Data, the speakers ensured the smooth transmission of information, making them understandable even to the less experienced audience. Perhaps this was due to the large response of the participants in the final stage of the event that followed, that of the open debate and questions.

14th SciFY Academy Open Data 26-10-16 from eellak on Vimeo.

 

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