Design Sprint IPCA

A group of four students from the Polytechnic Institute IPCA, in Portugal, were given the challenge of creating a dashboard and a prototype for one of the Modules in Anathema – all in just one-week-time for a Design Sprint.

Congratulations for the wonderful work!

Interactive prototype

SPRIGS shared with the consortium its first clickable prototype of Anathema built with wireframes. This prototype is the result of several co-design workshops among the whole consortium. The Anathema team spent a significant amount of time just thinking about the first contact of a user with Anathema and how a first time user can feel welcomed and supported by the application.

Wireframes from the consortium’s collaborative workspace

Keynote speech at Digicom

Anathema was presented at Digicom – International Conference on Design & Digital Communication, hosted by IPCA. The project coordinator presented the design research process that the team has been following, along with preliminary insights and lessons learned.

Photo credit: IPCA

1st co-design workshop

KBO-PCOB carried out the first co-design workshop with a group of six senior volunteers. Participants were presented with main findings from the questionnaire, followed by a presentation of the project and a discussion over the project goals.

Next, participants were invited to engage in a series of exercises in which they were shown images of smartphone screens and asked to discuss possibilities for the sexual health promotion programme and the technology. Concretely, these exercises helped the project team understand which modes of programme delivery would be preferred by participants, which would be the preferred tone of voice for the app and what aspects of the user interface make it more or less trustworthy.

Screenshot of smartphone app mockup with welcome message of Anathema in Dutch.

Questionnaire on unmet needs in sexual health

Over 1.000 older adults in the Netherlands answered a questionnaire launched by KBO-PCOB about unmet needs related to sexual health. The answers provide important insights to design the content for the sexual health promotion programme as well as for design.

There were also a number of respondents who provided detailed text replies to doubts that usually arise as well as about most pressing problems. These answers were analysed through qualitative analysis techniques.

Thank you to all who participated!

Basic information from the questionnaire:

  • 1.119 respondents (63% men)
  • Often sexually active, but 25% experience disability, impairment or take medication that affects sexual activity
  • Over 50% has looked up health information online, a part f it related to sexuality and intimacy, but the Internet is not perceived to be totally safe to receive sexual help


To celebrate the start of Anathema, we are hosting a webinar on April 19, 2pm-5.30pm (CET) with a panel of extraordinary guests.

The webinar is open to all, following this link.

Anathema Technology for ageless sexual health is a new European project that will explore how digital technology can help to improve sexual health in older age and chronic disease. The project is led by Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS with the invaluable participation of SexLab, Instahelp, SPRIGS, Unie KBO, Europacolon and IPO-Porto.

2.00 PM — 2.20 PM

Ana Correia de Barros

Anathema | Vision & Goals

3.15 PM — 3.35 PM

Noëlle Sant

Sexuality & Nursing Homes

2.20 PM — 2.40 PM

Gerhard Andersson

Internet Interventions

3.35 PM — 3.55 PM

Britta F. Schulte

Speculative Design

2.40 PM — 3.00 PM

Centro Sexológico Borobil

Challenges of Clinical Practice