ActivAge Plenary 2018 – Co-Creative Workshop Training

Afternoon of February 27th 2018

On February 27th 2018, a Co-Creative Workshop training was prepared and provided by U4IoT, during the ActivAge plenary in Valencia, Spain. The three hour training was customised according to the needs of the nine ActivAge deployment sites – located in Galicia, Valencia, Madrid, Region Emilia Romagna, Isère, Greece, Woquaz, Leeds and Finland.

The training was prepared and facilitated by Nathalie Stembert (SD), the role of co-facilitator was fulfilled by the ActivAge deployment site leaders as part of the training. A total of fourteen attendees participated in the training, among which the the deployments site leaders.

Figure 1 – ActivAge plenary – U4IoT Co-Creative Workshop Training

The objectives of the training were to provide ActivAge deployment site leaders with more in-depth information on how to make use of the Co-Creative Workshop Method and enable them to autonomously facilitate a workshop, in order to:

  1. compare and evaluate use cases (assess needs) of different deployment sites and find possible ‘gaps’ in use cases, knowledge or requirements.
  2. co-create new solutions to gain further understanding of the context and define new requirements during a second iterative cycle together with stakeholders and end-users.

At the beginning of the training, the tools and support services on the U4IoT website were introduced and upcoming U4IoT events were communicated. A general theoretical introduction to co-creation was provided, the program of the training and the first two phases (co-analysis and co-design) of the workshop were explained. After the introduction, the group was divided over two workshop tables. At each table, one participant was appointed to lead the table and was supported by means of a set with facilitation tips. The groups completed the two phases and presented their results to one another. The first group co-created a “smart door lock to enable a caregiver to open the door of the home of an elderly person in case of an emergency”. The second group co-created a “smart itinerary to create communities, understand preferences of elderly and arrange logistics, aiming to reduce loneliness amongst elderly”. After the pitches, the theory behind the last two phases of the workshop (co-evaluation and co-implementation) was explained. Finally, the training was wrapped-up with a round of questions and answers.

This work was undertaken in the context of the U4IoT project – User Engagement for Large Scale Pilots in the Internet of Things ( The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Commission’s H2020-ICT-2016-2017 Programme under grant agreement n° 732078.