The origins of Cogknow go back to 2006 when the European research project COGKNOW started, aiming to create an integrated, cognitive prosthetic to support community-dwelling persons with mild dementia in their daily lives. The prototype COGKNOW Day Navigator (CDN), consisted of a stationary touch screen, a mobile device, home-based sensors and actuators. The CDN integrates functions to support the person with dementia with needs to remember perform daily activities, maintain social contacts and feeling safe. The CDN was successfully field tested and evaluated by 42 users in Sweden, Netherlands and Northern Ireland. According to the European Commission , COGKNOW achieved Europe-wide attention for the potential of ICT-based tools to support persons with dementia, and for the COGKNOW Day Navigator in particular, with many academic publications and national media coverage in different countries.
After the project ended, COGKNOW was awarded the ACCESS-IT Best Practice label. Following a review in the European ICT Results online publication february 2010, several other publications wrote articles about COGKNOW.
COGKNOW continues to generate interest from demenita care, dementia experts, investors and the media. This has inspired some of the original partners to move forward to the commercial realm, in order to fulfil the potential of their invention. This was how the Cogknow company was born.
Mr. Johan E. Bengtsson (Joint Managing Director), born 1965 in Sweden with 17 years of R&D experience in the areas of Internet services, software technology and telecommunications. He is currently chairman of the Luleå IT Business Council, representing 2000 employees. He has extensive experience in international project management and R&D strategy and is frequently commissioned as coordinator, advisor and editor in large and complex projects. He was Acting Scientific Coordinator in the COGKNOW project 2006-2009. Johan also has 7 years background as a private entrepreneur, developing software applications for the energy sector and lecturing. From 1991 he has worked as a programmer, system engineer, international project leader, and then manager, at Telia Research. Between 2000 and 2003 he was Project Area Manager and Strategic Advisor, representing TeliaSonera in various steering boards. Since 2004 he’s once more a private entrepreneur and Senior Project Manager at Centre for Distance-spanning Technology and eHealth Innovation Centre, at Luleå University of Technology. He is Certified Senior Project Manager whilst having extensive knowledge in Computer Science, project management and leadership. Johan has more than fifteen scientific publications and holds three patents.
Ms. Angele Giuliano (Joint Managing Director), is an experienced entrepreneur and consultant in the field of eLearning and Web 2.0 technologies, eHealth software for independent living and eFinance B2B networks. Angele was chosen as the face of Maltese SMEs in the first European SME week in May 2009. Angele assists clients and provides consultancy on choosing the most practical and value for money solutions including possibilities of locating in Malta (still a tax haven for international trading companies, casinos and betting sites). She has participated in several transnational EU funded projects – especially FP7, Life Long Learning and eContent projects. She has performed evaluations and reviews for the European Commission in their IST-research or eContent programmes since 2001. Her personal ambition is to see more women taking up (and staying) in technology as a life-long career, thus Angele is very active in several fora and initiatives both in Europe and worldwide that focus on gender and technology, namely WINNET, ECWT, AFFAEMME and she is also the President of the Foundation for Women Entrepreneurs in Malta.