Do you have a big heart? Does your company contribute to the wellbeing of those who deserve some extra help? Then you’re the perfect ambassador of Zorabots. Many organisations could really use the help of Zora to take even better care of everyone. Unfortunately, dreams and reality are often separated by tall financial fences.
Tear those fences down! Be the difference in the life of someone who needs your help! Become a godparent of a Zorabot!
“The needles hurt less”
“The healthcare sector is really important to me. So I’ve become a godmother of the Zora that works in the AZ Damiaan hospital in Oostende in the paediatrics wing. Thanks to Zora, needles and injections hurt less, because she distracts the children. Every time I visit the hospital, I hop by paediatrics see how Zora is doing. In the early beginning, Zora had a few childhood malfunctions – Zora was still so young, so that’s not surprising – but they’ve all passed now. I don’t just follow our Zora, I also keep an eye on the company of Fabrice and Tommy. It’s great to see that Zora Bot has the same passion and sympathy as in the early days. It’s a good thing that there are people who work with new technology to really make people better.”
Ambassadeur Nathalie Nowak
"Zora on our lap"
“Our company operates in care housing and for us the residential environment of the elderly is a focus point. When Zora made its appearance, we were immediately excited because the humanoid robots help the elderly and those who need care lead better lives. We have already given various Zoras a home in housing and care centres, and we notice that the staff employs Zora intensively for exercises and entertainment of the elderly as well as young patients. The people themselves also respond very warmly and emotionally to the humanoid robot: it is not rare for people to put Zora on their lap like they would a small child.”
Ambassador Frank Moyaert
“Zora prepares youths for a job in the healthcare sector”
“The province of Antwerp employs Zora as a mascot for Zorgtalent, an initiative to draw young people and job-seekers to jobs into the healthcare sector. By displaying new technology, we want to change the traditional image that many still have of jobs in healthcare. There are also plenty of opportunities in the healthcare industry for people with a technological background to develop their talents.”
Representative of Health and Welfare
“Every company should work for a good cause”
“We became the godparents of the first ever Zora, who had her first day in the housing and care centre De Boarebreker in Oostende. Because we are a communication agency, we check whether everything goes well, and we like to respond to new trends. In this project ,we see the huge added value for the residents and their nurses in the housing and care centre, because Zora is an extra link between them. Another question that has interested us from the start involves the response of people to a humanoid robot. How do they interact? Does a threshold disappear? The housing and care centre’s response was very excited, which of course makes us incredibly happy. We believe that every company, big or small, should play a social role. With our Lions Club, we have already supported a second project in the Zeepreventorium of De Haan.”
Ambassadeur Bart Gevaert
“Zora allows the elderly to embrace new technology”
“Being a technology group, ABB does not only say we find corporate social responsibility important, but we actually act on that belief. This has brought us to healthcare group Archipel where we brainstormed on all aspects of healthcare. A first practical result is that we take up the godparenthood of Zora, which is used in Kanidas – a housing and care centre with a communal atmosphere in Best (the Netherlands). It is amazing to see how Zora helps people to shine and embrace new technologies. Of course Zora has a large fun component, and it offers a great added value to both the residents and the nursing staff. Zora and Pepper are truly innovative, which is a good reason for us to investigate how to integrate them in our home automation system. In our Nieuwegein showroom of about 650 m2, we are planning to start using Pepper and Zora as well. We are convinced that we can offer a rock-solid complete solution with our partners to our clients, whether they are private parties, office managers, hoteliers, directors of care centres... in Nieuwegein the world of tomorrow – where Zora and Pepper contribute to the comfort and safety of people – becomes a reality.”
Ambassador Leon de Laat
Not one, but thirty hospitals are now home to a Zora, thanks to a genius effort by Hestia and Uptime Group. It is an effort where everyone wins: the hospital, and Hestia and Uptime Group itself, Zora, and, of course, the patients. Corporate social responsibility is taking on dimensions that truly make a difference.
Nicolas Geudens, managing director, says, ‘Every year Hestia organises a think day where we cast a critical light on our IT company and our future. Recurring topics are trends and evolutions, such as robotics. I was playing with the idea of letting Tommy and Fabrice present their vision, because I’d been watching their company for quite a while. My intention was to investigate whether we could employ Zora as a liaison for our clients. Let me explain: as an IT service provider, we are rarely physically present at our clients’ companies. My estimation was that we could conquer a place on their workfloor with Zora. In that sense, my estimate was not completely correct. Zora can do a lot, but was developed mainly with the healthcare and hospitality sectors in mind.’
‘When Fabrice and I spoke about ambassadorship, the seed was planted. My head was spinning with the question, “We have 30 hospitals in our client base; I can’t just make 1 happy and leave 29 unhappy, can I?” The leap from 1 to 30 was easy to make. Every hospital that is a client with Hestia will receive a Zora from us. Together with our bank and Zorabots, we developed a five-year lease plan. Aside from a few euros, the lease sum is a flat sum that hospitals pay us for our services, which is what completed the circle: the hospital does not pay more and receives a free Zora, and we deposit the money to Zorabots. Our profits come from the hospitals remaining our clients for the lease period: we are guaranteed of our work with current clients, and we have a unique sales pitch for prospective clients.’
‘The response from the hospitals was amazing. They think it’s wonderful that Hestia can and wants to realise something like this for their organisation. Zora is more than welcome, because let’s be honest: Zora has so many applications that it can be used anywhere. I think that this is a good example of how to do business and serve the good cause.”
Ambassadeur Nicolas Geudens
Ambassadeur Rita Verreydt
Zora brings happiness
“I have a sister with Down’s syndrome. When I see how many people spend so much energy in taking care of her and other persons with a handicap, I believe all support is more than welcome. Zora brings happiness for them. Because we experience first-hand how tough it can sometimes be to live with someone who needs extra care, it is a stimulus to support Zora. Hyundai National has sponsored a Zora in a housing and care centre in Maasmechelen, and it is our big desire to act as an ambassador and to sponsor more Zoras.”
Ambassadeur Christophe Devisch
‘Zora is quick to make contact’
"Near our office there is a primary school for special education, Het Sas. Every time we walk past the school, the pupils smile and wave at us. It always puts us in a good mood. So we feel very involved with the situation and development of the school. Zora is used to stimulate children with a handicap. The director told me that children who have trouble approaching other children step right up to Zora.”
Ambassadeur Nick Peeters