The ichó team

Our team consists of three alumni from University of Applied Sciences Duesseldorf (Hochschule Duesseldorf  HSD).

Due to dementia diseases of our grandparents we individually joined the research project “nutzerwelten” at HSD, to find solutions for people with dementia.

During this project we met each other and developed the first concept of ichó.

Eleftherios Efthimiadis
Productdesign und Development

Duisburg, 1986

media designer digital and print

B.A. Communication design

M.A.-study Communication design

Projectleader Digitization in publishing

Inventor of ichó

Steffen Preuß
Communication and Distribution

Dortmund, 1989

media design digital and print · Advice and planning

B.A. Communication design

Communication design

Self-employed since 2012 in the area of e-Commerce, Print and Web Design

Research Assistant institut bild.medien

Mario Kascholke
Hardware and IT

Duisburg, 1990

Elektronics technician for industrial engineering

B.Eng. Electronics

M.Sc. Media Informatics

Lecturer and research assistant at the HSD

research employee “nutzerwelten”

Background and chronicle

Why have we been starting to develop ichó?

Every one of has experienced or currently is experiencing dementia disease of a related family member. After all we can say that it is not easy to learn, how to deal with a changed person, due to dementia. At the same time it is getting more and more difficult to keep the contact and mentally reach the person, who accompanied you through your childhood, who always supported you and loved you.

We are looking for support to become more active and finding a way to each other, in this state of vanishing of memories and accustomed behaviour.
First trial runs of icho with elderly people (our grandparents) were successful, as they brought up old behaviour and memories. This gave a an amazing feeling and confirmation to be on the right way.

This is why we go on to be able to offer icho to a many relevant people, to ensure:

  • That family members and dementia affected people get closer again
  • That new applications and aids can be used for therapies and facilitations
  • And that research delivers more knowledge

For a better future for people with cognitive diseases.