IRT has developed a 10 week open Innovation Challenge to help answer the question, “How can we revolutionise aged care and retirement living?”.
They are specifically looking for ideas from people interested in improving the quality of aged care housing. Acting Chief Executive Sam McFarlane strongly encourages anyone who is interested to get involved, from young people and elderly residents, to politicians and tech gurus.
“The Innovation Challenge works by getting lots of ideas from lots of people, exploring and refining them, and creating pilots so we can test them further, before the development of new business models begins,” he says.
Mr McFarlane states that by 2055, an estimated 40,000 Australians will reach their 100th birthday, and the number of people aged 70 and over will almost triple.
“How we fund and deliver services, care and housing for a growing ageing population is a critical issue. But so is how we empower and enable older people to keep making a positive contribution to our communities and enjoy quality of life.”
Areas of opportunity are available in:
- Habitat, Space and Shelter
- Environment Climate
- Population Health
- Dying, Death & Dead
- Disruptive Tech
- Service Delivery
- Purpose Role Image & Identity
- Lifelong Learning
- Economics Employment
For more information, visit innovation.irt.org.au or to get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org or join the Facebook community at www.facebook.com/IRTInnovationChallenge. Entries close on 29 October 2017.