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Hands on SHAFE

Smart Healthy
Age-Friendly Environments


How can low-skilled people better use off-the-shelf IoT technology in daily routines?


Hands-on-SHAFE project aims to develop training packages for informal learning experiences to improve use and acceptance of off-the-shelf Internet of Things devices.

This co-designed research, successfully funded under the European grant Erasmus+ n° 2019-1-NL01-KA204-060243, enables cross-cooperation among research institutions, associations and companies. Through user research performed across six European countries, training packages will be developed to empower unemployed, low-skilled, older adults to benefit from off-the-shelf Internet of Things-based technologies for Smart Age-Friendly Environments.


The project fosters and promotes social inclusion for people of all ages and genders, including individuals with cognitive or physical impairments and hugely impacts future development policies and regulations in the European community.

With the open-source training packages, people become innovators and trailblazers in their neighborhoods and can advocate within their community in the field of Smart Healthy Age-Friendly Environments, services, and products.

For detailed information about the project visit the website here.

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My role

As a research fellow I supported the creation of the multidisciplinary European team behind the project proposal, heavily contributed to the project description before project submission, and user research methods. During the project, I co-led the Irish team from Technological University Dublin to perform user research through usability testing, scenarios with dynamic and static verification, longitudinal research, and user personas.

I managed a team of Master's and Ph.D. researchers to develop content for the training packages and transfer knowledge across European partners as a communication manager through networking, talks, and presentations.

For more information on the Smart Healthy, Age-Friendly Environments network find a white paper I contributed here.

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