Aging '2-Pint-0' | Toronto - March, 2015
- Business & Professional
- Duke of Devon, Toronto ON
Aging2.0 is a global network of innovators working in the 50+ market. We are creating an interdisciplinary, collaborative community of people from business, research, policy, design and technology, together with older adults themselves in order to advance innovation and improve the quality of life.
Our events bring people together informally with drinks, snacks and good discussions. We are having our second meetup in San Francisco on Thursday, August 16th at TechSoup, a fantastic nonprofit organization that provides technology to nonprofits and libraries so that they can fulfill their missions and serve their communities. Tickets available from Eventbrite.
Details: 6pm - 9 pm, August 16th TechSoup, 525 Brannan Street, Suite 100, San Francisco, CA 94107 (On Brannan between 4th and 5th, conveniently close to CalTrain)
Presenters: Christina LaMontagne, Principal, Physic Ventures
Christina LaMontagne is a Principal at Physic Ventures, a San Francisco based venture capital firm focused on health and sustainability. She invests in early-stage consumer technology businesses, with a particular focus on new commerce, mobile, and big data technologies that help consumers lead better lives. At the moment, she is focused on businesses promoting wellness and beauty and is particularly interested in entrepreneurial ideas crossing international borders. She observes the boards of Gazelle, GoodGuide and WaterSmart and works closely with GreenGoose and Revolution Foods. Christina will be talking about the aging space from her perspective as an early-stage investor.
Scott Peifer, Executive Director, AgeTech CA
Scott Peifer is Executive Director of AgeTech California, a strategic partnership between Aging Services of California and the California Association of Health Services at Home. AgeTech California was established to promote the use of advanced health and wellness technologies by aging services and home care providers throughout California. Its primary focus is on "e-care" technologies that enable "connected independence" for older Californians. Scott leads AgeTech's work as an educator, broker, enabler and advocate to achieve related strategic objectives. Scott will be talking broadly about the AgeTech organization, but also specifically about the Developing Technology Partner program. The program is designed to give start-up technology organizations strategic opportunities with AgeTech affiliated providers and to help advance the development of eCare and supportive technologies to serve older adults. Scott will also discuss opportunities related to the upcoming AgeTech Conference and Technology Expo (November 15th in Pasadena, CA).
Jules Sherman and Stephen Racunas, StoryCoach & Human Centered Design & Technology
Story Coach was developed at Stanford’s d. School as a graduate design thesis project. The interdisciplinary group spent nearly a year studying what makes older adults healthiest, and happiest. The answer turned out to be connecting emotionally with their families, particularly their grandchildren. Grandparents love to tell life stories, and children love to listen to stories that are entertaining and age-appropriate. The Story Coach app provides users with a convenient way to capture, embellish and ultimately share life stories in the form of e-books or hardcover books. Over time, Story Coach helps families create an anthology of important family memories. Jules Sherman and Stephen Racunas will explain their research process and final prototypes.
Today, Jules and Stephen run HCDT, a consultancy that grew out of Stanford's Graduate Program in Design. HCDT is a team of experts in the fields of computer science, product design and business strategy who work together to design compassionate product and service solutions for health-care, family communication and aging in place. HCDT offers ethnography services, software design, product design and business analysis/strategy services.
Andy Agrawal, Founder, TenderTree
Andy started TenderTree when he realized how terribly broken hiring a caregiver is. TenderTree is an online marketplace to find in-home care (from companionship and housekeeping all the way to dementia care and skilled nursing). It is 100% free for consumers to search TenderTree's trusted network of pre-screened, background-checked caregivers. The caregiver profiles include photos, skills, professional license verifications, work history, and much more. Once the consumer has selected a caregiver, TenderTree generates contracts automatically, handles the taxes, allows caregivers to submit their time cards online, and then allows the families to pay via the platform. The site also has a $3 million liability insurance policy which it provides to anyone who continues to use the platform after the hire has been made. TenderTree was a member of the 500 Startups Accelerator Program. They launched their service in the Bay Area but plan to expand to beta users in other markets soon.
Christine Egy Rose, Founder & CEO, Scoot & Doodle
Christine Egy Rose grew up in Kansas City but lives in California now. She didn’t want her daughter to grow up feeling like her grandparents and cousins here in the midwest were strangers. Phone conversations and video chatting fell short. Christine wanted something that could build relationships and create fun memories. Christine, together with two other tech savvy moms, founded Scoot & Doodle to address this need. Today, Scoot & Doodle creates web, mobile and social products that span time, distance and generations to help families and friends play and grow closer, anytime, anywhere. It’s first product – Scoot & Doodle on Hangouts – was one of the first applications to launch on Google+ Hangouts. It is an online playspace where up to ten family members and friends, around the world, come together to hangout, play, create and share stories, art, games and memories through real-time, face-to-face video, a shared doodle pad, a toolbox of colors, brushes and stamps, and a scrapbook.
Aging2.0 is a global organization on a mission to accelerate innovation that will improve the lives of older adults around the world. Aging2.0 connects, educates and supports innovators through its global chapter network, consumer research panel, conferences, Aging2.0 Academy startup program and the Generator Ventures fund. In less than three years, Aging2.0 has become the premier platform for discovering and cultivating innovations focused on aging and long-term care.
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