Eldy is a project to bring elderly to an enriching web and computer experience. Eldy is the name of the project, the name of the freeware software and the name of the no-profit organization behind the initiative. With Eldy senior can use email, browse the web, chat, get weather info, see digital pictures, streaming, etc, in a clear GUI, with big labels in a friendly language. Eldy is both easy and nice - so the experience is effective and entertaining. Eldy has over 150.000 users in Italy and is a fast growing community given the strategy of Local Public administration, that is strongly helping the diffusion of the software (i.e : over 1.400.000 cd's are being distributed and a lot of training initiatives are being put on place).
We target the senior. Our payoff is "Tutti in rete appassionatamente" (All on Net with passion).
Local administration and local non profits can distribute the software and organize training courses in schools and social centers.
Eldy is freeware, released with standard EULA (end user licence agreement) perpetual and free-of-charge.Eldy is a Java desktop application, a desktop itself and a framework; Eldy is also a Linux distribuition. All servers are Linux Debian and web services based. Eldy servers provide all email, chat, RSS and web services.
19-9-2008. ELDY LINUX released: http://deb.vegans.it
Eldy is the first software to allow over 55 to enjoy the internet and the computer.
Eldy has over 150.000 users since January 2007. These users are mostly (>95%) over 55 and most of them (>70%) did not use computer before installing Eldy or having Eldy installed.
Lesson 1 - If we provide senior and illiterate users a clear software, they get in love with technology.
Lesson 2 - Technology is empty without a community and friends to be found just a click away.
Lesson 3 - Software is a good starting point, but without traning, motivational support and - also - marketing, even the best software on a brillant CD is completely useless.