Walk with Path, the winner of one of the prizes in the 6th edition of the EIB Institute’s Social Innovation Tournament (SIT) was awarded a European Commission Horizon Prize for social innovation worth EUR 1 million in September 2019.
The prize was aimed at improving the life of senior citizens with mobility problems. Walk with Path is a Danish company that has developed a shoe attachment called Path Finder, which helps people with an unsteady and irregular gait. The device is particularly helpful for people with neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s.
“These innovations make a real difference for our senior citizens by helping them maintain an active social life and their independence,” said Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, who awarded the prize at a ceremony held in Brussels.
The European Prize for Social Innovation was launched in 2017 to develop innovative and sustainable mobility solutions, already under implementation, for older people (over 65). The solutions – likely to combine technological, social and behavioural features – had to be implemented for several months during the contest period.