IT Funk has been The Norwegian Research Council's RTD-programme on ICT for people with disability.
Universal design and accessibility for all. The purpose of IT Funk has been to contribute to accessibility for all, including persons with disability, to information and communication technology (ICT) and to society through the use of ICT. ICT-based products and services developed for the general market must be accessible and useful for everyone at reasonable prices. IT Funk has paid special attention to areas where accessibility issues impact on a person's life chances, such as education, employment and basic services to citizens.
Project acronym: GameUp
Partners (7): Northern Research Institute (NO), Cyberlab Org AS (NO), Tromsdalen parish (NO), Ibernex, (ES), University of Seville, (ES), Klinik Valens, (CH) and Fundación Rural Lab, (ES).
Project coordinator (joint project): Antonio Remartinez, Ibernex, (ES)
Project manager Norway: Ellen Brox, Northern Research Institute, Tromsø (Norut)
Primary objective: Promote mobility by encouraging elderly persons to be more physical active and motivate them to move more. This will be done by using social exergames and game technology which again will increase their self-efficacy.
Project summary: Mobility problems are very common among older people, and low self-esteem (trust in their own competence) leads to reduced mobility, lower quality of life and limitations in everyday activities and social participation. GameUp will develop a platform for social and exercise games to reduce physical and motivational barriers for mobility among older people.
The platform will be developed by applying technologies known to affect behavior and motivation: persuasive technologies, serious games and social computing. Using low-cost motion sensors, the project will develop exercise games, including motivational games based on personalized information and tips adapted to the individual user's physical and cognitive situation.
Norwegian participation: Northern Research Institute (Norut) participates in all five work packages (WP), and is WP manager in package 3. Cyberlab is manager for WP 5, while Tromsdalen parish participates in WP 1,2 and 4.
Project period: April 2012 - March 2015
Further information/website: http://www.gameupproject.eu/ (Will be launched July/August 2012)
National grant programme in Norway: IT Funk (ICT for disabled and elderly)
This document was first published 26.01.2012, and updated 14.12.2012.