Cooperations

During interdisciplinary block-scheduled weeks, students from different colleges and universities work on innovative solutions for the housing and living of elderly people. The block weeks were initiated in 2010 by the Landesinitiative Nieder­sachsen Generationenge­rechter Alltag (LINGA) (i.e. Land of Lower Saxony Initiative for generational equity). They have since been carried out every year.

The 7th block week of the Landesinitiative Niedersachsen Generationengerechter Alltag (LINGA) took place in  in Hanover in May 2016.  50 students from six universities in Lower Saxony and the Windesheim University in Zwolle/Netherlands participated in order to jointly search for solutions to make life easier for older people with dementia. The spectrum ranged from a sensor that reminds users of forgotten objects when leaving the house, to an intelligent mobile lighting system for better orientation in the house, to various apps that use video, photos or music to evoke emotions that have already been lost and strengthen the skills of people with dementia. The LINGA Block Week was financially supported by the Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Equality of Lower Saxony, the Ministry of Economics, Labour and Transport of Lower Saxony and hannoverimpuls GmbH. Gerontology at the University of Vechta was once again in first place. Josephine Krenz, in her group with four students from other universities, won prize money of 750 euros for the project: ROSI map, the regional orientation for senior citizens' inclusion. You can find more detailed information about the prizes here (German only).

The 5th block week of the Landesinitiative Niedersachsen Generationengerechter Alltag (LINGA), took place in May 2014 in Cuxhaven. Cooperating participants consisted of the University of Hannover, University of Vechta, Jade University Oldenburg, Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences and Braunschweig University of Art. This year's theme was "WATT INNOVATIVES –Tourismus 3.0", and the objective was to develop ideas for new innovative products and services for a sustainable tourism that factors in everybody. Again, the project week was financially promoted by the Lower Saxony's Ministry of Economy, Work and Transport and the Ministry of Sciences and Culture. Thus, all participating students were provided free accomodation, catering and excursions.

In May 2013, the Landesinitiative Niedersachsen Generationengerechter Alltag (LINGA), the Braunschweig University, University of Osnabrück and University of Vechta, University of Jade, Oldenburg, University of Osnabrück and the University for Applied Sciences and Art in Hildesheim, Holzminden, Göttingen carried out the 4th interdisciplinary students block week. This time it was located in Hildesheim. In line with the motto "WohnMobil 2020", the projects focused on innovative products and services for living interiors and future sustainable mobility solutions. Again, the project week was financially promoted by the Lower Saxony's Ministry of Economy, Work and Transport and the Ministry of Sciences and Culture. Thus, all participating students were provided free accommodation, catering and excursions.

The Landesinitiative Niedersachsen Generationengerechter Alltag (LINGA), the Universities of Braunschweig, Osnabrück and Vechta and the Jade-University, Oldenburg, the University of Osnabrück and the Braunschweig University of Art organized the 3rd interdisciplinary students block week in May 2012 in Loccum. Under the slogan "Der Milchmann 2.0 - Wohnen und regionale Dienstleistungen im ländlichen Raum" (i.e. Milkman 2.0 - residential and regional services in rural areas) emphasis was placed on designing new services for the elderly with homes in rural regions. Again, the project week was funded by the Lower Saxony's Ministry of Economy, Work and Transport and the Ministry of Sciences and Culture. Thus, all participating students were provided free accommodation, catering and excursions.

For the first time in 2010, the Landesinitiative Niedersachsen Generationengerechter Alltag (LINGA) initiated jointly with the University of Vechta an interdisciplinary blockweek. The topic was "Wandelnde Wohnformen im Lebenslauf".

37 students from the University of Osnabrück, Jade University of Oldenburg and University of Vechta specialising in Gerontology, Assistive Technologies, Economics and Social Sciences, Industrial Design and Nutritional Sciences worked together in groups to shape living facitilies that enable elderly people to remain, as long as possible, independently in their own homes.

The following projects were awarded at the end of the block week:


1st place (250 Euro): "Zuhause altern" (i.e. Ageing at home)
Hauke Heinje (Jade University, Oldenburg),
Evgenia Kormiltseva,Melanie Eiting and Christine Dingwerth (Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences)
Anja Garlippp (University of Vechta).

2nd place (150 Euro): "Vom Ferienhaus zum seniorengerechten Eigenheim" (i.e. transformation of holiday accommodations into homes adapted to the needs of the elderly)
Stefanie Gacek (Jade University, Oldenburg),
Tilo Hagemeyer und Anna Brinkmann (Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences)
und Kirsten Strach (University of Vechta).

3rd place (100 Euro): "Lufträume" (i.e. airspaces)
Olga Schwarz (Jade University, Oldenburg)
und Frederic Boll, Panagiotis Loukas sowie Andrea Bergmann (Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences)


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