Challenge 4

Robotica & Social Inclusion
How can Robotica make sure that everyone can participate in society?

Why inclusion?
Our country is becoming a more dynamic and diverse society. People live longer lives; lives with more attention for equality and emancipation. Religion seems to lose it’s importance (although we can see an incline in it’s variety), in contrary to technology, which seems to embed itself into our daily lives.
These changes are happening fast. Life is much more complex than it used to be and it sets a high bar for individuals to keep standing on their own feet.
This society demands of us that we have to rely more and more on ourselves, instead of on it’s old pillars ‘religion’ and ‘family’. We have to figure out on our own what we want and how we want to get there. Some people rejoice at having this freedom. But for others this means a constant battle to keep up with the rest, because we’ve got so much to choose from.

We at Farent Social Work meet those people who cannot fight this battle. Or sometimes they can, but the effort they have to bring is a heavy load to carry. They get entangled in a web of choices, information and bureaucracy.
This social exclusion leads to isolated people, who get estranged from society. Overtime it becomes harder for neighbors, family, friends and professionals to get and stay in contact with these people. They can become isolated for all kinds of reasons: because of their own cultural background (or maybe not even their own, but their parents’ or grandparents’). Maybe they’ve got a very sick partner or they are sick themselves, which makes it harder to participate.

You can get isolated because it’s hard for you to strike up a conversation because you are still learning Dutch. Or maybe you’re just a little weird, which makes people for a little uncertain to participate in an encounter with you. We see all of this happening all the time.
Our challenge is that Sustainable Development Goal 10 (see below), namely social inclusion, becomes normal in this demanding society. Farent strives for inclusion. This which means that everybody, regardless of their ethnical of historical background, their mental or psychical health, their grasp of the language or who they are, gets accepted no matter what. When people experience that they’re welcome and are able to connect with people in their life, then we’ve got an inclusive society. They are accepted.

What is it that we do?
Farent sees where our society lacks. We develop social projects to help solve the problems which occur due to these problems. Those projects become the foundation for a solution. A solution other organizations can contribute to. When it’s got a steady base, we let go and start over again, on to the next solution. We search, engage, adept, create, do, implement and let go.
Examples are: peuterspeelzalen, wijkpleinen, Doelbewust voetbalproject, Centrum Jeugd & Gezin, Buurtbemiddeling.


What do we want?
We excel in connecting with people and at bringing them together, preferably in their own neighborhood. At the BrabantRobotChallenge we are looking for students who want to engage in our own challenge to find an answer to one of the following questions:

  1. How can Robotica contribute to lessening illiteracy amongst people?
  2. How can Robotica contribute to prevent exclusion based on cultural background?
  3. How can Robotica contribute to decreasing loneliness amongst people who are 75 years or older?
  4. How can Robotica contribute to expanding possibilities for full participation in society for people with psychological vulnerabilities?


The team won the Challenge (together with team Maxima Medisch Centrum).

Comments of the jury:

The team has learned that teamwork can be difficult but also that a good working team can achieve good results! The stakeholder certainly motivated the students, is very happy with the results and even wants the implement it!

The social challenge feature is very innovative, but other components of the app are standard
Nice film with explanation of the tool.
Very current issue. Solution should show more creativity.
The team has the courage to propose a solution that is not a robot. Very refreshing!
Clear application which is worked out in detail, but it is not a robot but an app
Actual subject, simpel solution.
Fairly easy to build. Maybe with content contributions from the target group?
The proposed solution is very feasible, all existing technology. It's a pity they didn't go further in making a demonstrator.
Clear problem statement and good argumentation with relevant literature
Uitvoerig rapport, mocht wat meer discussie en aanbevelen
I do miss information about the backend of the app
The literature study has been performed thoroughly. The paper shows good understanding of the problem field.
The presentation was decent but it also showed it is just an app
Well explained good presentation, still missing the robot part