1st Open Call for Technological Partners


The GATEKEEPER 1st Open Call is now open!

GATEKEEPER is offering the opportunity to third parties to contribute to the development and sustainability of the project, working in a European environment and getting financial support.

The GATEKEEPER project is an EU-funded initiative under the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme. Its main objective is to create a GATEKEEPER that connects healthcare providers, businesses, entrepreneurs, elderly citizens and the communities they live in. This connection between stakeholders will promote an open, trust-based arena for matching ideas, technologies, user needs and processes, aimed at ensuring healthier independent lives for older adults.

Relevant information:

  • Aim: actively engage new technological members in the GATEKEEPER Ecosystem, supplying new Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data applications, tools or components which will be incorporated into the Gatekeeper portfolio and offered to pilots and platform designers and developers.
  • Target: start-ups, SMEs, Midcaps, Industries and Research technology organisations
  • Budget: 600,000€, with a maximum of 10 projects funded
  • Deadline: 29/01/2021
  • Project duration: 12 months

For more information: https://www.gatekeeper-project.eu/open-call

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Public Discussion on Digital & Community Care – Informing UK and European Innovation

Public Discussion on Digital & Community Care – Informing UK and European Innovation

On the 29th of October 2020 the Open University and the Utrecht University are organising this public discussion on digital technologies for healthcare and wellbeing and future models for community-based care. We invite all stakeholders interested in community care operating in the Milton Keynes area to join a virtual “meeting of minds” on “futures of better ageing in place” and the role of “community care” and “informal care”.

In the context of the European Large-Scale Innovation Pilot GATEKEEPER, we will take a fresh look at how new and smarter health technologies can support independent, meaningful and healthy lives at home and in the local communities with a focus on the current transition to digital care in the UK. By sharing your perspectives, you contribute to the building an informed discussion on the key values, practices and aims of a beneficial adoption of digital technology in self-management, community intervention and remote care. The meeting will conclude with a presentation of the new solutions and best-practices emerging from the 13 countries involved in the pan-European pilot project GATEKEEPER.


This event is online only. The participation requires a phone, tablet or pc with a stable internet connection.

Registration is required and can be done sending an email to gatekeepeer-project[at]open.ac.uk.

Participants are requested to provide consent to use their contribution for research purpose (see Certificate of Consent).


09.30  Remote co-creation workshop 
  Pre-event preparation – 30 minutes 

Access Mural via your browser to prepare for your participation 

10.00  Remote co-creation workshop 
1 introduction – Digital care in the UK 
10.00  Welcome and introduction  

Agenda and brief presentation on digital innovation for ageing. 

2 group discussion 
10.15  Changing scenarios of ageing in MK 

Group discussion on changes and on the role of technologies in the past months. 

11.30  Short coffee and tea break 
3 collective discussion 


Dialogue with all  

An open discussion about challenges and opportunities for a responsible innovation. 

4 conclusions – Digital care in the rest of the world 
12.30  Emerging solutions and best practices of digital care 

A report from the pan-European pilot of GATEKEEPER 

About the Event

This event is part of an international cycle of public debates that are organised throughout Europe in September – October 2020 investigating dynamic needs and values in health and ageing innovations. Outcomes of this and other workshops will inform the further development of a framework for the mapping and anticipating of dynamic needs and values in health innovations.

During the event, you will be provided a broad perspective on the evolution of technology for healthcare and wellbeing, highlighting the challenges and turning points concerning the integration of technologies in existing practices. The discussion will start from a set of scenarios representing the current situation and potential evolutions of the next months.

Measurements introduced to manage the Covid-19 virus outbreak recently created unforeseen scenarios in which older citizens are challenged. In these scenarios already existing, new and sometimes conflicting values are at stake. During the discussion, you will be asked to share your thoughts and experience on what and how needs and values play or played a role in the Covid-19 scenario, as well as in your current and future ideals of ageing well. We ask you to take an older citizen’s perspective to reflect on these scenarios as well. In reflection you contribute to highlight potential opportunities and challenges coming with the introduction of technologies in the daily life of older citizens.

Call for Interest

Participants to the event will be invited to join a Community of Practice to develop a community-based care system of services through the Gatekeeper Milton Keynes Pilot Project in order to help local people to live independent, healthier lives for longer.

What is a community of practice?

Communities of practice are ‘groups’ of people who share a vision, concern, a set of problems or a passion about a topic and who deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area by interacting on an ongoing basis’. Examples can be found in a wide range of sectors including in health and education.

How can it help?

Forming a community of practice can help in creating, expanding and exchanging knowledge in order to develop individual capabilities as we learn our way together towards concerted action for managing systemic change.

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Project Meeting in Milton Keynes

Project Meeting in Milton Keynes

With 43 European partners, the GATEKEEPER project aims to achieve a breakthrough in remote care technologies by providing a trust-first infrastructure for collecting and sharing medical and personal data able to deliver AI services for early-detection of health conditions.

The first technical meeting of GATEKEEPER project is hosted by the Open University in Milton Keynes. During the three days of the meeting, we shaped the outline of the GATEKEEPER platform and of the large scale pilot involving eight pilot sites in Europe and three pilot sites in Asia.


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The UK Pilot

The UK Pilot

As part of a wide European network of pilot sites, the pilot in Milton Keynes has a unique focus on communities. In the next 3 years, we will work with community organisations on the key role of “informal” carers as central pilar of the community wellbeing. 

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GATEKEEPER Kick-Off meeting

GATEKEEPER Kick-Off meeting

In Madrid with the 43 partners of the EU H2020 GATEKEEPER project, we begun a 3.5 years ambitious journey on innovating the landscape of the healthcare digital technologies. Among the 9 pilot sites, Milton Keynes will host the UK Pilot addressing the challenge of supporting informal care in our communities.

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