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BigO – Raising awareness in Thessaloniki

BigO – Raising awareness in Thessaloniki

On Sunday, October 8th 2017, BigO participated in the ‘AUTH in the city’ event that took place at themain square of Thessaloniki, in Greece. This yearly event is organised by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and offers the opportunity to selected research groups to communicate their work, achievements and innovative ideas to the wide public of the city.

At the BigO booth, visitors could receive information about the project, walk through a demo of the mobile app and smartwatches, and directly interact with the researchers. There was high interest by nutritionists, exercise physiologists, teachers, parents, and school aged children. BigO also attracted attention by the press. An article has already been published, followed by TV and radio interviews with BigO researchers.

Posted by Jenny Nolstam in BigO News
Swedish National Food Agency hosts BigO meeting in Uppsala, Sweden 18 Sep

Swedish National Food Agency hosts BigO meeting in Uppsala, Sweden 18 Sep

BigO consortium partners gathered for a fact-finding meeting in Uppsala at the behest of the NFA, to establish what information produced by BigO is desired by public health authorities to complement or enhance their own knowledge bases. Along with NFA, Karolinska Institutet, Wageningen University (NL), University College of Dublin (IRL) and Temple Street Children’s Hospital (IRL) participated in the event that saw the Public Health Agency of Sweden as the sounding board for the discussion.

In addition to BigO data being able to complement public health authorities’ own data collection and analysis, cross-country data comparisons were found to be a relevant study topic for public health authorities. The disparities between different national and local communities and makes it possible to adapt, use and deploy a variety of strategies depending on the circumstances.

The ambition of BigO is to – through the use of Big Data – describe the background and outcome of community behaviour regarding physical activity and eating patterns, to aid public health authorities deploy efficient strategies.

Posted by Jenny Nolstam in BigO News
BigO technical meeting in Dublin

BigO technical meeting in Dublin

The first BigO technical meeting took place at the Insight Center in Dublin, on June 8th and 9th 2017, hosted by UCD. Technical partners and representatives from the pilot sites and the BigO community took decisions on the functionality of the BigO data collection system and the role of the users. Moreover the system architecture was finalized and a development plan for the preliminary release V0 in the fall of 2017 was agreed. V0 will be tested during a pre-pilot at the International English School in Stockholm.

Posted by Jenny Nolstam in BigO News
“Nutrition & Youth” group

“Nutrition & Youth” group

On March 9, the team of Aristotle University researchers that develop the BigO app visited the facilities of Ellinogermaniki Agogi (EA) in Athens to meet with 14 junior high school students (~ 15 years old) of the “Nutrition & Youth” group. The researchers demonstrated an early prototype of the BigO app and had a fruitful discussion with the students in an effort to collect valuable feedback concerning the concept and the design of the app.

Posted by Jenny Nolstam in BigO News
Kick-off meeting

Kick-off meeting

On December 15-16 2016, the BigO consortium met at Thessaloniki, Greece for the kick-off meeting. Representatives from all partners were brought together for the first time. Following a review of project objectives and approach, the rest of the meeting was dedicated on the planning of tasks starting in the first 6 months of the project.

Posted by Jenny Nolstam in BigO News