For an Active Life with Dementia

Across Europe, the number of dementia patients will rise sharply by 2050 – and with it the requirement to maintain their independence and quality of life for as long as possible. Using a smartwatch and an e-notebook, Memento provides support with visual packing lists for leisure activities or appointment reminders for doctor’s appointments.


People in the early stages of dementia face countless challenges that affect work, social life, and overall well-being. The Memento project aimed to support an active life with dementia with the help of technological innovation.


Studio Dankls approach

The focus was on working with people with dementia and their families as well as their coping strategies in everyday life. For this purpose, design ethnography, probes, interviews, and a series of co-creation workshops were conceptualized. In a comprehensive development process with European partners, Studio Dankl was responsible for the research design.

„Design Research enabled the project and design team to appreciate the needs and solutions of those affected, to practically involve them in the development and to use their know-how as a central basis for the development of the system.“

Stefan Moritsch (consortium partner Memento )

The smart watch is a companion that supports people in their everyday lives.


Memento is a family of products, consisting of a notebook with an integrated pen and a smart watch. The design brings together services such as a daily overview, the reminder of a planned leisure activity, or when the patient should take her medication.

„For this EU research project, the interdisciplinary design team was already involved in the application process. Technical development, user research and hardware design were therefore coordinated from the beginning and played a strategic role.“

Stefan Moritsch (consortium partner Memento)

Design: bkm design working group in co-operation with Fritz Pernkopf and Studio Dankl. Services: Design desearch, scenario, concept and dissemination. Photos: Nikolaus Korab. This project was funded by Active and Assisted Living (AAL). National funding through the FFG program.  Consortium: AIT Österreichisches Institut für Technologie (AT), Medizinische Universität Wien (AT), bkm dsign working group (AT), Wetouch (AT), University of Perugia (IT), Integris (IT), Bidaideak (ES) und Citard Services (CY)

Together with people with cognitive impairments and their families, a product family for active living with dementia was created.

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Co-Creation Impuls


Be inspired to think transformation in a participatory way.

  • Keynote
  • 20-45 minutes
  • Q&A
  • possible in the organisation or online

The keynote communicates the added value of co-creation as a sustainable, strategic innovation tool for the public and private sector. Co-creation principles, cases and design process inspire decision makers and employees to think about transformation from a participatory perspective.

Focus content:
— Outlining the transformation of the design discipline from product design to strategic innovation tool
— Insight into co-creation principles, impact and design process
— Concrete, inspiring cases.

Target group: Employees, decision-makers and team, conference participants

Number of participants:

Co-Creation Kickoff


Learn to apply co-creation and start with a sound roadmap.

  • Workshop
  • 4 hours
  • in the organisation or at Impact Hub Vienna

The workshop is aimed at organisations that want to learn about co-creation and involve their team in decision-making processes on strategic innovations. With a focus on applied co-creation principles and methods, the workshop provides a deeper understanding of existing expertise, relevant stakeholders and first process/system/product/service prototypes as a roadmap for co-creation in your own organisation.

Focus content:
— Basic principles of co-creation
— Definition of relevant challenges from the participants' perspective
— Interactive prototyping for efficient validation of assumptions
— Start of a co-creation roadmap

Preparation for participants:
— Anecdote about challenge and success pattern
— Product, device or a production material from your field of work

Target group:
Decision-makers plus team from the public and private sector

Number of participants:
9-12 persons

Co-Creation Now


Start into the future with a Co-Creation process tailor-made for you.

  • Process design and support
  • Depending on the project, approx. 4 to 18 months

Co-creation is contextual and situational, so no two design processes are exactly alike. From a pool of proven methods and creative processes, we put together a customised and project-dependent process. This is divided into a preparation phase in which the goal, desire or opportunity is identified, an implementation phase that covers idea generation, prototyping and implementation up to evaluation, and a post-project phase in which adaptations are made and projects are further supported.

Focus content:
— Based on a free initial consultation, offer for a tailor-made project divided into preparation phase
— implementation phase
— post-project phase

Target group:
Organisations from the public and private sector

Number of participants:
To be determined jointly for co-creation activities.

Co-Creation Ideas Ping-Pong Over Lunch


If you have lunch with artist Timotheus Tomicek and designer Kathrina Dankl, you will be served new perspectives.

  • Sparring/Exchange
  • 60 minutes
  • Q&A
  • Three centrally located venues in Vienna to choose from.

The artist, filmmaker, and photographer Timotheus Tomicek and the designer Kathrina Dankl share a long-standing tradition of occasional lunch dates. An unstructured exchange of ideas often opens up new perspectives on one’s own work. We invite project partners, customers, and other interested parties to have lunch with us. Everything else – including new perspectives – arises situationally during the conversations.

Focus content:
— Eating together
— Guest shares current topic, challenge, project idea
— Questions, reactions, perspectives, input, ideas from Timotheus and Kathrina

Target group:
Decision-makers from public and private organisations

Number of participants: 1