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Thursday, 09 November 2017

Assistive Technologies 

Technology can help people with disabilities, it can change their lives. 
But usually it's expensive, for a privileged few. We are changing this.


Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence technology remains largely unused because it is not applied to 
solve everyday problems or because it is too expensive. Not any more.



Democracy suffers, even in countries where the constitution is democratic.
Let us change this together, with today's tools.


Supporting Civil Society

Groups of citizens are changing the world. 
We supply them with free tools to help them do it better. Much better...

Thursday, 02 November 2017

Over 29,000 people have benefited directly by our projects and actions!

We continue to increase our social impact and our next goal is 30.000 beneficiaries! 

Monday, 23 October 2017

21st SciFY Academy | Dementia & Technology
Technological solutions for those who forget... a little or not 

On Wednesday, 18th of October SciFY team along with Alzheimer Athens and NRSC "Demokritos" held in INNOVATHENS was held the 21st SciFY Academy on "Dementia & Technology" where we tried to answer: "How does Technology help People with Dementia?"

More than 120 health professionals, caregivers of people with dementia as well as students from related schools attended the seminar that was focused on practical solutions and tools for people with dementia.

Initially Dr. Paraskevi Sakka, Neurologist and Psychiatrist, President of the Company Alzheimer Athens and President of the National Observatory on Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease, talked about Alzheimer's disease, the latest developments and how Greece is affected today in social and economic terms. See the presentation of Dr. Sakka here.

Later on, Ms. Eleni Margioti, Clinical Neuropsychologist from the Alzheimer's Athens Company, referred to the Non Pharmaceutical Interventions for dementia such as: mental empowerment, physical exercise, occupational therapy, speech therapy, etc. You can find the presentation of Ms Margioti here.

The third speaker of the event was Mr Vasilis Giannakopoulos, Marketing & Impact Manager of SciFY, where he presented the application for mobile phones "diAnoia" developed by SciFY for those who take care of people with Dementia. View the full presentation of Mr Giannakopoulos here. 


Then SingularLogic's Project Manager of European Projects, Mr Nikos Drosos referred to tools and technologies that help people with dementia. See the presentation of Mr Drosos here.


Finally, Dr Vassiliki Rentoumi, researcher at NCSR "Demokritos", on the occasion of the European IASIS Project, refered to the developments regarding individualized medicine for patiens with Alzheimer's. You can find the presentation of Dr Rendumi here.


After the end of the presentations the participants had the opportunity to ask their questions to the speakers. Friends from all over Greece asked us to livestream the event and we managed. Hundreds of people watched the live streaming.

For all of you that did not participate in the event you can watch the full event it in this link:

We want to thank the Alzheimer Athens, NCSR “Dimokritos”INNOVATHENS and all of you that you helped us to make our dream of the free dissemination of knowledge a reality!

Friday, 14 July 2017

Artificial Intelligence - AI is changing daily the way we work, looking for information, making our purchases ... Although it has recently become a "hot topic" of public debate, our view is that it is one more tool. This tool which is extremely useful and evolving must be used correctly and intelligently, with respect for the people.

This is what we are doing:


Free ΑΙ Solutions

Preparing citizens and businesspeople for AI

1,000+ students, citizens, scientists and businesspeople have attended SciFY’s educational events on AI. Through presentations and workshops we helped attendees:

Creating and publicly offering AI solutions

We developed NewSum, the world's first application to create automatic news summaries from many sources, we implemented it in two languages and offered it for free. Thousands of users use it daily for real-time pluralistic news coverage. NewSum technology is already being used by international news sites and applications such as
In collaboration with organizations such as the Bodossaki Foundation and NCSR "Demokritos" we developed other free AI resources such as a news portal for Civil Society organizations and content personalization technologies.

Digital Transformation using AI


Technology transfer of Research results

Helping business boost results with AI

We have successfully helped companies innovate with AI through a step by step process, in different sectors, including:

  • legal sector (legal documents clustering/annotation)
  • news industry (automatic news summarization)
  • consulting in human resources (personnel selection, business meetings analysis)

Using research results to create working solutions

We use research results to create working solutions: We develop innovative tools and run pilot projects (e.g. JedAI) - in collaboration with research institutes and universities such as Université PARIS 5, Athens University, NCSR "Demokritos" and Harokopio University - with applications for the analysis of open comments (Open Comments Analyzer), for sales contact gathering (Contact Harvester), etc.







Friday, 07 July 2017

DemocracIT: 1800+ Beneficiaries

EUCROWD: Let's Crowdsource the Future of Europe

SMARTeD: Smart eDemocracy Against Fake News

An open-source, open-ended collaborative platform for commenting and annotating on public consultations. 

Learn more for this project here

Our goal is to increase the participation of citizens in matters concerning their country and Europe.

Learn more for this project here

We strengthen Democracy by fighting FakeNews

Learn more for this project here

Platform of Political Innovation: Active Commons

Citizens Workshops in local and national scale,  Toolbox for Citizens Educatinal Programs and 2 Comparative Researches.

Learn more for this project here

Friday, 07 July 2017

Memor-i Studio: 8,000+ Beneficiaries & 5+ Organizations using it

You can build your own electronic games for blind children, event if you don't have any programming skills! No time for this? Try the other 30+ games here and here.

Learn more for this project here

LEAP: 14,000+ Beneficiaries & 5+ Organizations using it

3 Games, 3 Operating Systems, 3 Languages... Thousands of users! Try LEAP games here.

Learn more for this project here

Talk and Play: 950+ Beneficiaries & 4 Organizations using it

A system that allows people with disabilities to: communicate, be more independent during their leisure time, and receive training and exercise for rehabilitation.

Learn more for this project here

DiAnoia: 3,000+ Beneficiaries & 4 Organizations using it

ICSee: 16,000+ Beneficiaries

FeIRd: 100+ Beneficiaries & 20+ Organizations using it

A solution for people with oncoming dementia and their carers. Download here!

Learn more for this project here

Simple, Multiple filters for variety of impairments, Vocal Instructions. A tool for people with visual impairments.

Learn more for this project here

"The device has helped me very much! I can control the TV and other devices that work with infrared with great ease, something that gives me great autonomy in this area" George

Learn more for this project here

ICStudy: A Solution for Students with Vision Impairments 

Pilot Version

We developed a Software & Hardware Solution and we offered it as Open Source

Learn more for this project here

Q4ADHD: Assure Quality of VET of students with ADHD

Develop a European Quality Assurance Framework for VET and a concrete Toolkit for supporting VET providers in improving their VET offers ; assure that ADHD learners will enjoy quality training to become more employable

Learn more for this project here 

Think Freedom: Giving more freedom to people with disabilities

Research Phase

The goal: To increase accessibility to the computer and other appliances to people with special needs, no matter what the needs are, so that they can be and feel as autonomous and free as they can be.

Learn more for this project here

Thursday, 06 July 2017

The Need

How can we help those dealing with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)?
How can we help their carers? 

People with dementia, due to the ongoing decline in their mental abilities, need proper care at each stage. Their carers feel they have a great responsibility in their hands. Therefore, dementia affects not only the person dealing with it, but the caregivers, too.

Tools exist: In recent years many non-pharmaceutical interventions have been developed and used for people with dementia, aimed at strengthening/keeping their mental abilities and treating behavioral disorders. These are simple and fun exercises that anyone can apply with proper guidance.

These interventions, combined with pharmaceutical therapy, help people with dementia to remain functional and maintain a good quality of life for a longer period of time.

 However, these non-pharmaceutical interventions are not widely known, especially to those who are living far from dementia support centers.

Τhe Solution

Developing an educational application for family caregivers and health professionals in order to provide knowledge about simple techniques of non-pharmaceutical interventions will provide valuable insight and tools.

The smartphone application for the project "diAnoia" is useful for practicing the mental skills of people dealing with:

  • Mild Cognitive Impairment with significant deficits
  • Early-stages of dementia

For this reason:

success(1).png We created an educational application

The application is available for android and iOS smartphones / tablets and allows carers and health professionals to learn simple techniques of non-pharmaceutical interventions and use them to help people with dementia (at home or at non-specialized structures in the field of dementia, such as public structures for the elderly), when they cannot attend a Day Center for people with dementia for various reasons.

success(1).png We add supportive material

We explain the interventions, give clear instructions, examples, printing material and videos, in order to make the learning process  easier and allow for daily application. 

success(1).png We give incentives for action

We incorporate ways to remind caregivers to use mental exercises and encourage people with dementia to engage in beneficial activities.

success(1).png We offer the application for free

For the first time in Greece, such an application is being developed to disseminate valuable knowledge and expertise, to everyone. Not only is the application being developed in close collaboration with end-users, it is also offered for free. 

success(1).png We share the code under open source licenses

The code is available under open source licences at GitHub, so that everyone can further develop it.

Who can use it

The application is addressed to:

  • Carers of people dealing with dementia (family and professional caregivers) 
  • Health professionals working in the field of dementia

And to:

  • scientists/institutions/clinics who deal with dementia

The project DiAnoia:

  • Caregivers, health professionals and institutions have now a free useful tool for everyday use 
  • People with dementia can now enjance the quality of their everyday lives and their funcionality


The project was developed with the scientific diligence and in collaboration with the Athens Alzheimer. 


The project "DiAnoia" was implemented under the "Points of Support" program, which is co-funded by TIMA Charitable Foundation, John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, Hellenic Hope charity and Bodossakis Foundation. 

The iOS version has been funded by Alzheimer Athens.


The first version of diAnoia is available for free for Android & iOS (in Greek). It is suitable for smartphones and tablets.



 Impact: 3,000+ Downloads

  • diAnoia is available for Android & iOS, too! (in Greek)
  • Up to 3,000 people downloaded the app
  • 60+ publications in the Press

Next Steps

The project “diAnoia” is only a small part of the strategic plan of SciFY for a overall dementia intervention, that we hope will change the field. Due to the close collaboration with Alzheimer Athens, we plan carefully but promptly our next steps.
We have already planned ways to help carers, people dealing with dementia, Institutions, Health professionals, in compliance with the National Action Plan for Dementia, through a series of interventions that complement one another and create a coherent whole.

Project ID


  • Partners: Alzheimer Athens
  • Duration: 03/2017-03/2018
  • Funding: The project "DiAnoia" was implemented under the "Points of Support" program, which is co-funded by TIMA Charitable Foundation, John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, Hellenic Hope charity and Bodossakis Foundation. The iOS version has been funded by Alzheimer Athens.
Friday, 24 March 2017

17th SciFY Academy | Introduction to Digital Marketing
"Road Map on to know how to begin"

On Friday March 24  SciFY's team co organized alongside the cooperative of Digital Communication Sociality in INNOVATHENS The Hub of Innovation & Entrepreneurship of the City of Athens, one more seminar and lab, on the Digital Marketing subject.  

As every time before, representatives of the business sector, as well as students of economics schools, members of civil society and people who want to be informed about the developments in the field of advertising, have come to INNOVATHENS to attend the 17th SciFY Academy on "Introduction to Digital Marketing".

At the first SciFY Academy for 2017, the keynote speaker was mr Spyros Tzortzis, where his long experience in online marketing and the fact that he is an official partner of Google in Greece make him an expert.

During the seminar we had the opportunity to refer to the following topics:

  • Why Digital Marketing?
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Digital Paid Ads
  • Email Marketing
  • Analytics

Of course, after the end of the presentation, there was time to solving questions from the public. Again, a very interesting discussion followed with the participation of all the attendees and later on, with individual discussions with the Sociality team.

We are very grateful to Mr Spyros Tzortzis, his associates, INNOVATHENS and of course all those who attended and participated in the seminar by making very interesting comments and questions and especially because they contributed once again into realizing our vision for the free dissemination of knowledge!

To be informed about the next SciFY Academy events you can register here.

Find the Presentation of the 17 SciFY Academy here

Thursday, 15 December 2016

16th SciFY Academy | Newton
"The Power of God"

On Thursday 15 of December, SciFY's team organized alongside NCSR "Dimokritos" and INNOVATHENS Hub of Innovation & Entrepreneurship of The Municipality of Athens, the 16th SciFY Academy, where the dramatized documentary produced by Eugenides Foundation and directed by Panos Anestis "Newton, the Power of God" was projected and then followed a discussion with the film makers and researchers of "EKEFE Dimokritos".  

In festive and christmas spirit, in the last SciFY Academy for 2016, came students, young researchers, and people who were interested in learning about the life and the work of Sir Isaak Newton, to watch the documentary "Newton, The Power of God" and to participate in the discussion about the stereotypes regarding scientists and researchers, their interaction with society and ways for better dissemination of the results of science to public.

In the beginning, the event started with Dr Giannakopoulos, who talked about the collaboration between SciFY and EKEFE Dimokritos and presented some projects that were developed by this collaboration, such as Newsum and PServer.

Later, followed the projection of the documentary accompanied with pop-corn. The interest was great since by watching this extraordinary documentary we had the chance to see aspects of the work and his personality less known to public. 

After the end of the projection, followed a discussion. The panel of speakers consisted of : Dr George Giannakopoulos Technical Director in SciFY & Researcher in the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications of NCSR Dimokritos, Lida Arnellou Doctor of Science Communication at the University of Peloponnese, Dimitris Petakos Doctor of History of Science at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Panos Anestis screenwriter/director, Historian of Sciences and Ph.D. in the Department of Cinema at APT and Vasilis Konstandoudis Physicist, Doctor, Researcher at the Microelectronics Institute of NCSR Dimokritos. 

Regarding the stereotypes that exist for scientists and researchers even today, Ms. Leda Arnellou mentioned the example of David Gijbels. In the early 80's he went to schools and told the children to paint a scientist in a white paper. What the children painted was a bearded man with a white robe, around objects such as test tubes, a skeleton, books, a computer and the DNA chain. It has been repeated since then, the same, between the ages of 5 and 19 in various countries of the world, and what is observed is that all children of any age, all over the world, are painting the same. 

Speakers, among other things, about how stereotypes affect us, reported that images are affecting us. Science is perceived as something outside society. Children do not want to become scientists because it is difficult. There is still today the hierarchy between scientific disciplines.

Regarding the role of woman in science, Leda Arnellou said that the scientist is always portrayed as a man, and if it is a woman then it has been painted by a woman. In the film, the woman's role is more psychoanalytic, as the director of the documentary Panos Anestis said, as Newton's mother, abandoned him and returned after years having other children as well.

When asked how scientists see themselves in society, Mr. Vasilis Konstandoudis, preferred the term researcher by the term scientist and mentioned as a student. Who must leave arrogance and selfishness and come closer to society. He pointed that scientific methodology should be more sociocentric. Dr George Giannakopoulos added that the science center is a community like any other community, with its particularities, policy, working environment.

Following the debate, the need for a better link between science and society was emphasized. The collaboration and interaction with other specialties and parts of society. An example mentioned by Mrs Leda Arnellou is the zooniverse in which everyone is allowed to participate in an investigation or to make their own. Also, Mr. Petakos has mentioned that historically, farmers, fishermen, professionals in general in a field, had better know-how than the researchers trying to see in their field. Moreover, Dr. Giannakopoulos stated that it is a mistake to try solving a problem, without asking the ones that have it. The particularities of a society must be respected and it is very important to identify the real needs and not to generate other needs.

As a conclussion, mr Petakos said that it is the scientist's obligation to study thoroughly. Ms Arnellou stated, that the internet is an ocean of information whereas there is also misinformation, so the existence of tools, criteria is essential, so that the facts are crosschecked from various sources in the future. 

We sincerely thank all the speakers and contributors of the documentary that attended the event, INNOVATHENS and of course all those who came up with very interesting comments and questions and mainly because they contributed once more to realizing our vision of free dissemination of knowledge!

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