Looking for digital solutions: digiDEM Bavaria starts an open innovation competition!

Looking for digital solutions: digiDEM Bavaria starts an open innovation competition!
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Dementia is considered one of the biggest social and health policy challenges of the 21st century. Currently, there are 50 million people living with dementia worldwide, with 240,000 people with dementia living in Bavaria. For people with dementia and their families, dementia is associated with numerous fears and burdens. In order to provide support, participation and exchange for people with dementia and their caregivers, digitalization offers completely new opportunities that can be used flexibly and with low thresholds. The Digital Dementia Register Bavaria, digiDEM Bavaria, is therefore developing an online platform with digital solutions for people with dementia, caring relatives, interested citizens and volunteers. For this purpose, we are launching an Open Innovation Contest! We are looking for digital solutions that will help these groups of people in their everyday life and will improve their quality of life.

What are the benefits for the participants of the Open Innovation Contest?

A prize money of 5,000 euros will be awarded for 1st place. The second place winner will receive 3,000 euros, and the third place winner will receive 2,000 euros. In addition, the best-placed participants will receive a cooperation agreement for a period of three years in which the digital solution will be made available on the digiDEM Bavaria platform ( In addition, free membership in Medical Valley EMN registered association over this period will be provided (

Submission Criteria:

The digital solution, with which participants will apply, must correspond to one of the following goals:

  • Improvement of the care of people with dementia
  • Support relief for the caring relatives of people with dementia
  • Enabling the participation of people with dementia and their caring relatives
  • Supporting volunteers in their work with people with dementia
  • Motivation of citizens to volunteer for people with dementia
  • To pass on knowledge to interested citizens

Further Obligatory Requirements:

  • Solution already operational
  • High user-friendliness/clarity
  • Barrier-free access
  • Compliance to data protection rules and data privacy statement

Providers can apply immediately. Application deadline: November 15, 2020.

Entries received after the deadline will not be considered. The winning concepts will be nominated within six weeks of the deadline.

About the project “digiDEM Bavaria

The aim of the digiDEM Bayern project is the sustainable improvement of the situation of people with dementia and their caring relatives in Bavaria. Thereby, digiDEM Bayern focusses on digital services. On the one hand, digiDEM Bayern will provide digital services for people with dementia as well as for caring relatives, volunteers and interested citizens. On the other hand, digiDEM Bayern will setup a dementia registry in all of Bavaria in order to get a better understanding of the long-term course of the disease. For this purpose, data about the care of people with dementia and the situation of informal caregivers will be collected throughout Bavaria.

DigiDEM Bayern is a collaboration between the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, represented by the Interdisciplinary Center for Health Technology Assessment and Public Health and the Chair of Medical Informatics, the University Hospital Erlangen, represented by the Center for Medical Care Research, and the innovation cluster Medical Valley European Metropolitan Region Nuremberg.

digiDEM Bayern is funded by the Bavarian State Ministry of Health and Care and is part of the Bavarian Dementia Strategy.

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