Despoina Chalvatzi

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


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


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.


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



 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 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

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.


Wednesday, 08 June 2016

12th SciFY Academy | Grow Greek Tourism Online
"5 Key Elements for a Successful Online Presence"

On Wednesday June 8, the SciFY team, co organized with INNOVATHENS The Hub of Innovation & Entrepreneurship of the City of Athens, a seminar, on Successful Online Presence.

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This month as well, representatives of all the business sectors, as well as students of Marketing, Economic and Touristic schools, have come to INNOVATHENS to watch Stelios Dourakis from Grow Greek Tourism Online, explaining how we can achieve a successful online presence. Mr Stelios Dourakis, Online Advisor of the Grow Greek Tourism Online organization, with experience in Online and Tourism issues, talked about the key elements a new businessman should pay attention to, so that he can have a successful online presence, with emphasis on the touristic sector.

Initially, Mr. Dourakis presented us elements from a study on the tourism industry and how he was influenced by the Internet and more specifically by Mobile Internet, which is gaining more and more ground in our country and globally.

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Later, Mr. Dourakis talked about what we should take into account when we create a website to promote our products and/or our services and how this is different when we target abroad. Moreover, a big part of the presentation was dedicated on how we can make our online presence mobile-friendly and we discussed the importance of our website's accessibility via mobile, especially for the Tourism industry.

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The event was opened by Vasilis Salapatas, co-founder of SciFY, who presented two new projects developed by the SciFY team for companies and professionals.
Search for new customers: He introduced Contact Harvester, an informative tool that once is completed, will enable us to expand our business network quickly and easily. The user searches for potential clients with keywords (or just points to some potential customer sites!) and then Contact Harvester returns a detailed list of potential customers with their contact information, social networks, etc. He showed the demo version that you can find here

Automatic comment analysis: Lastly, he introduced the Open Comments Analyzer, a tool that allows for automatic and quick analysis of comments from multiple languages. A valuable tool for market research and public relations companies, for customer service, media, etc. He showed the demo version that you can find here:

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Grow Greek Tourism Online, is a Google initiative aimed at enhancing the digital skills of tourism professionals all over Greece and training them on web-based tools. The event was supported by Google, the Ministry of Tourism of Greece, the Greek Tourism Organization (ΕΟΤ), and SETE.

We warmly thank mr Stelios Dourakis, INNOVATHENS and of course all who attended and participated in the seminar by making very interesting comments and questions and especially because they contributed once again to realizing our vision of the free dissemination of knowledge!

To be informed about the next events of SciFY Academy you can register here. 
If you are interested in actively participating in SciFY team, click here.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

11th SciFY Academy Bioinformatics Academy
"The fruitful collaboration of two sciences"

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On Thursday May 26 SciFY's team coorganized with INNOVATHENS The Hub of Innovation & Entrepreneurship of the City of Athens, one more seminar and lab, on Bioinformatics.

Over 100 people watched Dr Artemis Chatzigeorgiou, Professor of Bioinformatics at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Thessaly and associate professor at the Hellenic Pasteur Institute, an introduction to the world of Bioinformatics in order to get acquainted with the "fruitful collaboration of two sciences".

Initially, Dr. Artemis Chatzigeorgiou referred to the most important steps that have taken place in the field of Bioinformatics. She also discussed the research and applied trends that link the fields of information technology and biology.

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 Such trends concern the New Generation Sequencing, the use and experimental verification of the function of MicroRNAs, and the analysis of texts of biological research using Physical Language Analysis.

Moreover, there was a discussion on how Bioinformatics helped on papers relevant to e.g. gene editing, and how informative tools make the analysis procedures and recalling knowledge about biology and modern therapies easier.



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The event was opened by Mr. Petros Kaloupis, where he talked about his very interesting initiative, concerning Supporting Technologies. Specifically, he referred to the first social network with access for the disabled, the DisabledBook. It is a social media with the aim of interconnecting, serving and interacting with all social or voluntary services in Greece or abroad. 

You can watch the interview of the η DisabledBook team for CNΝ here and for more information about DisabledBook click here.


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We warmly thank Dr Artemis Chatzigeorgiou, Mr Petros Kaloupis, INNOVATHENS and of course all our friends who attended and participated in the seminar by making very interesting comments and questions and they contributed once again to realizing our vision of the free dissemination of knowledge!

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

If you are interested in actively participating in SciFY team, click here.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Introductory Seminar on Using LinkedIn for Persons and Organizations

More than 120 people attended the 6th SciFY Academy at INNOVATHENS on Wednesday, November 18, 2015. The very strong beginning for SciFY Academy for the new academic year with Maria Pafioli, founder and head of the CVexperts - CV and Career Consultant company, where she introduced us practically to the world of LinkedIn.

The event was opened by Ioanna Theodorou, founding member of the Startupboat initiative where she talked about their action and the way they contribute in  the refugee crisis under the prism of technology and innovation.

In the second part of the event Maria Pafioli introduced us to the world of LinkedIn and guided us to the possibilities it offers us, as well as its evolution globally and in Greece the last two years. After this, she introduced the 3 stages separating us from all the other LinkedIn users (degree of separation), in contrary with other social media and there was a presentation of the advantages and disadvantages that the premium accounts offer.

Additionally she  referred to the right approach to the professional communities that interest us, the correct way of promoting our professional profile and the mistakes we should avoid. She shared with us many practical advice and tips ‘n’ tricks that help us create and evolve our professional appearance in LinkedIn like for example the use of SEO and the free learning webinars.

In the last part, there was a discussion on when we should create a personal and when a corporal page, followed by a presentation of good and bad practices in corporate pages. As a closure, Maria Pafioli, referred to the  possibilities LinkedIn is giving to Non-for-Profit organizations for their networking and their voluntary action and urged us to use it in a very practical way by giving us as the only way to contact her, the name of her LinkedIn profile.

You can find την Ms Pafioli's presentation here and you can watch the whole event of the 6th SciFY Academy here. To be informed about the next SciFY Academy events you can subscribe here.

We want to thank the speakers, CVexperts, INNOVATHENS, Startupboat and all our friends who attended in the seminar and they contributed once again to realizing our vision of the free dissemination of knowledge!

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

5th SciFY Academy: Sharing #OpenKnowledge for Business Model Canvas!

Over 100 people came on Wednesday July 15, 2015 at the 5th SciFY Academy that took place at INNOVATHENS. This time we shared open knowledge about the use of Business Model Canvas for Non-for-Profit Organizations, with speaker Mr Dimitris Paksimadis, member of KEMEL, f. President & Director Manager of OgilvyOne Athens and f. General Director of ΒΒDΟ Advertising.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Let’s Crowdsource the Future of Europe!
International Conference

How much do you think your opinion counts on the decisions of the European Union?
How can we influence our future?

On Tuesday May 9th, 10:00, SciFY - Science For You (, invites you to the international conference "Let’s Crowdsource the Future of Europe", at HIGGS (Viktoros Ougko 15, Athens) to evaluate "why, how and when" we can participate in the European Union's decision-making process. At a critical time for the EU, representatives of Civil Society from 6 EU countries will discuss the role citizens can play by using modern techniques (practices and methods) of crowdsourcing.

The purpose of the event is to gain insight as to how EU decisions are made and in what ways crowdsourcing will allow us to participate directly. During the workshop we will discuss the following questions:

  • Claiming our time: When is the time to speak?

The purpose of the panel is to set the issue of the stage (when) of the legislative process in the EU we can use crowdsourcing to intervene.

  • Claiming our space: On what should we intervene?

The purpose of the panel is to set the issue of the topics (where) that we should crowdsource and the local best practices that could be used on an EU level.

  • Doing it our way: How should we intervene?

The purpose of the panel is to set the issue of the tools and methodologies (how) that can enhance crowdsourcing in the EU legislative process.

The above questions will be answered through open discussions with representatives of civil society initiatives in Greece and 5 other European countries, political scientists, technology experts and through workshops where the participants will be invited to discuss how to co-shape the future of Europe. We will also share the experience that we already gained from similar events that took place in Ljubljana, London and Amsterdam.




Cases presentations:

  • What is crowdsourcing?
  • Presentation of the process of drafting laws in the EU
  • Presentation of Best Practice


Discussion Panel:

1. Claiming our time - When is the time to speak? The purpose of the panel is to set the issue of the stage (when) of the legislative process in the EU should we crowdsource.

2. Claiming our space: On what should we intervene? The purpose of the panel is to set the issue of the topics (where) that we should crowdsource and the local best practices that can be used on an EU level.

3. Doing it our way: How should we intervene? The purpose of the panel is to set the issue of the tools and the methodologies (how) that can enhance the crowdsourcing in the legislative process in the EU.


Coffee Break

12:00 -13:00

Facilitated workshop (World Cafe)

  • Claiming our time
  • Claiming our space
  • Doing it our way




Conclusion session


Networking session


Free Entrance ‐ Limited seats
Certification of Attendance

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More info about the project:

*The discussion will be held in English
The event is part of the EU project “European Citizens Crowdsourcing – EUCROWD” which has been funded with the support of the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union. The event is supported by the New Technologies Laboratory in Communication, Education and Media of the University of Athens.
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