Ignite Stories: Umeå Municipality & Umigotech

In collaboration with the Uminova Innovation’s startup Umigotech, the municipality has recently launched the Digital Senior Center, which aims to contribute to a more active and healthy senior life.

The new Digital Senior Center (“Digitala Seniortorget” in Swedish) is a web-based platform where seniors can find activities around Umeå.

“Collaborating with seniors and partners to provide inspiration and information for healthier aging is a win for both individuals and society. The Digital Senior Center is just one example of the many inspiring initiatives we arrange for promoting healthy aging. Through these initiatives, we all stand to benefit,” explains Camilla Jägerving Isaksson, Process Leader in Elderly Care, who led the project.

Sofia Eriksson was part of the working group behind the development of the Digital Senior Center as project manager for Umeå’s Navet swimming center’s senior initiative. She sees the new platform as an opportunity to reach more seniors who may not yet be aware of the activities they offer.

“The Digital Senior Center will make it easier for seniors in Umeå to find us and feel encouraged to try our activities,” she says.

Matched Using Ignite Public’s Process

Ignite Public is Ignite Sweden’s process for matching public sector organizations in need of innovative solutions with startups. This process was developed in collaboration with startups, municipalities, regions, incubators, and science parks across Sweden.

Uminova Innovation, one of the incubators that founded Ignite Sweden in 2017, used the Ignite Public process to match Umeå Municipality with startups that could help them develop this idea.

One of the startups that the municipality was matched with was Umigotech, which they met during a matchmaking meeting in June 2022. Since then, they have been working together on the development of the new Digital Senior Center.

A Digital Platform with High-Impact Potential

Umigotech’s founder, Per Levén, emphasizes that the digital platform was developed to make it easy for organizers to add activities.

The Uminova Innovation startup specializes in creating versatile tools for building customized platforms that can be applied to a wide range of fields and industries.

Umigotech’s next step is to offer the platform to more municipalities.

“We will soon launch a meta-platform so that more municipalities can test the platform. The technology can be used for a lot of different purposes and target groups, so I hope there is interest out there.” concludes Per.

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