Due to the pandemic, there will be no ATF (Assistive Technology Forum) in 2021. In order to ensure that the exchange of information is not neglected, we are launching the virtual ATF-Talk. Every month Fiore Capone interviews an industry expert to exchange news & trends of the AT industry. The interview can be followed live and questions can be asked.
Next virtual ATF-Talk
2 July 2021
2:00 p.m. CET - approx. 3:00 p.m. CET
Fiore Capone, director of Active Communication
- Interview partner
Michael Früh (CEO) and Dr Gery Colombo (CSO) from F&P Robotics will be our guests. F&P Robotics is a pioneer in the field of human-robot interaction. The future-oriented High-Tech company develops personal robots to assist people for more quality of life.
Save the datesATF-Talks 2021
Friday, 22 January 2021
Friday, 26 February 2021
Friday, 26 March 2021
Friday, 07 May 2021
Friday, 2 July 2021
Friday, 20 August 2021
Friday, 01 October 2021
Friday, 05 November 2021
Friday, 03 December 2021
Previous talks & review videos
Talk with Daniel Gelbart, 7 May 2021CEO and member of the board of directors at ORTHO-TEAM Group
«Be brave and go for it.»
The use of 3D printers opens up entirely new worlds, including in the field of orthopaedic and rehabilitation technology. Daniel Gelbart, CEO and member of the board of directors at ORTHO-TEAM Group, is a Swiss pioneer in his field and shared an exciting insight at the 4th ATF Talk. In the interview, he talked about his ambitious plans for internal digitalisation, the development of orthopaedic lifestyle products and his innovative visions for the future of the entire industry.
Panel discussion, 26 March 2021Nadine Farris, Jürgen Kohl, Paul Thompson, Jeff McBride, Paul Rowden, Fiore Capone
Opportunities and impacts of the new MDR regulations.
The new MDR regulations have a major impact on many European companies. As of May 26, 2021, all medical devices sold to the EU will have to be certified
and registered. Although this means a lot of extra time and financial effort for all parties involved, it is an important step forward and valuable for the AT market. The regulations raise awareness and lay the foundation - the AT industry hopes - for continued excellent services and improved product quality. Various opinions and insights from manufacturers, importers, retailers and MDR experts provided plenty of material for a lively industry exchange at the 3rd ATF-Talk.
Participants in the panel discussion: Nadine Farris (Inclusive Technology Ltd.), Jürgen Kohl (Rehavista), Paul Thompson (Ablenet), Jeff McBride (Alveo Technologies), Paul Rowden (European Device Solutions Ltd.) and Fiore Capone (Active Communication).
More than 70 participants followed the online meeting.
Talk with Nick Ward, 22 February 2021Head of Global Partners for Smartbox Assistive Technology
Changes and how to deal with uncertain situations due to business takeovers, Brexit and COVID-19 were discussed, as well as the inspiring spirit in the Smartbox team. Future business travelling, the virtual ATIA of the beginning of the year and the foundation of DATEurope were also topics of discussion at the 2nd virtual ATF Talk.
Talk with Uli Ehlert, 22 January 2021Board member of ATIA and director of Rehadapt
The first virtual ATF-Talk was a great success. About 35 participants followed the interview between Fiore Capone and Uli Ehlert, board member of ATIA and managing director of Rehadapt. Among other things, they discussed the opportunities for the AT industry resulting from the pandemic and the effects of the current accelerated digitalisation. The renowned ATiA was also a topic, as this event will be held in digital form for the first time in over 20 years.
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