T-Seniority II Workshop Meeting Place

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T-Seniority II Workshop has been held in the EFREI Campus, 30 – 32 Avenue de la République, 94800, Villejuif, Paris.


EFREI (French School of Electronics and Computer Science) is a French private engineering school located in Paris. Its courses, specializing in computer science and management, are taught with support from the state. Students who graduate earn an engineering degree accredited by the CTI (national commission for engineering degree accreditation). The degree is equivalent to a master’s degree in the European higher education area.


Today, there are more than 6,500 EFREI graduates working in companies dealing with many different activities: education, human resources development, business/marketing, company management, legal advice and so on.


EFREI's most notable alumnus is André Truong who created the Micral, the earliest commercial personal computer based on a micro-processor. In France, he is referred to as the father of the personal computer.

 

The workshop was mainly organized by French partner FNAQPA in collaboration with E-Seniors, French partner of other European CIP project: LLM: Long Lasting Memories. All the conferences counted with a high level board of speakers (see Agenda Programme) and the Projects Round Table gathered more than 15 EC projects (see List of Projects).

 

T-Seniority Project Officer Mr Junique attended as a speaker in the session “New initiatives: European & domestic initiatives and opportunities”; theme: European Commission programs and perspectives – DG Information Society – Unit “ICT and inclusion”.

 

The Meeting Place provided facilities, for meet and chat over a cup of coffee, for taking a break from the events, and for having lunch together. There were clearly separated areas:

  • Space for T-Seniority: in the main hall, T-Seniority had 4 kiosks available for showing T-Seniority, with pre-uploaded demos.
  • Project showroom: a space for the projects showroom, where each of the projects had a table of their own.
  • Space for LLM: in the Auditorium hall, LLM project had 2 kiosk PCs for demos.


Catering: Assistants were looked after with: a welcome breakfast; coffee breaks; lunch and a closure cocktail.

Miscellaneous:
The Conference hall and the projects showroom were equipped with Wifi & Internet access.

Translation:
Languages: French-English. 1 cabin was installed the morning before the event; 3 translators did the translation work.


MEDIA
Direct video-taping: The debates have been integrally taped. This material will be used later on to produce some clips.

Press release: A folder was prepared and given to journalists containing: invitation; one page summary; FNAQPA information; E-Seniors information; T-Seniority information; EFREI information; Demographic context.with plenty of information.

During the Conference
: a folder with information was also prepared and distributed to all the participants.The Workshop was widely published in different media and key websites by all the Consortium partners. Sites as ePractice.eu and Commission eInclusion echoed the event.

 

Around 150 visitors attended the Workshop. It is not a bad number, mainly if we have into account that due to recurrent French strikes, affecting mainly the transport sector (metro, taxis, nearby trains, airports and air space, petrol stations…) the impact on the event could have been very negative. Despite it, no more than 3 or 4 cancellations from Belgium were received, the rest attending as normal. The smooth running of the event was due to the good preparation, planified well in advance and the work of FNAQPA, E-SENIORS and some sponsors they got. All of them together contributed more than 20 persons helping in the logistics and key to the event success.

 

During the Conferences two Visio-Conferences took place: one showing the pilot of City of Tampere in Finland (partner in T-Seniority) with several seniors as main actors, and the other with Germany (Cafe Anschluss) - E-Seniors contact) with some seniors also as the main actors. Both of them on a "real time" sequence were of high interest to the audience that could feel the importance and benefit of some of the ICTS applied to daily life of seniors.