Apply now for the 2nd Annual Pitch for Pilots at the upcoming AgeTech West Conference (deadline Oct. 17)


An invaluable opportunity for innovative companies

If you’re a technology company focused on aging / long-term care, securing a pilot is often a critical step in your development but finding the a host organization can be a difficult and lengthy process. The Aging2.0 / AgeTech West Pitch for Pilots (P4P) event was designed to streamline this process and help accelerate innovation in our space.

The 2nd annual Pitch for Pilots session will take place at the AgeTech West Conference in Seattle, WA Nov 17-18, 2014 and will enable the next batch of 8-10 promising companies to pitch in front of hundreds of long-term care providers. Following the success of last year’s inaugural P4P, this year we expect even more interest from technology companies and industry partners. P4P is part of the opening session of the AgeTech West annual Conference and will involve innovative companies, both startups and more established firms, pitching their pilot proposals to a room full (200+) of representatives of long-term care providers from across the care continuum.

Attendees will vote in real-time on the quality of the pitch as well as their interest in doing a pilot with the company. Awards will be given at the closing session and pilot pairs will be matched and announced soon after the Conference. After pitching, each startup will also have the opportunity to exhibit and network for the remainder of the conference.

Pilot info: 4-6 weeks in a mutually agreed time in Q1 2015. There will be at least 10 pilot users; maybe more if mutually agreed upon. Tech company to provide hardware / software for free to the pilot organization and the users. Note: Even though the matched pilot needs to be at no charge to the host organization, each team will get a list of all the organizations who expressed interest in piloting their product.

Click Here to Apply Today


Get Well Gamers Foundation Continues Support of Senior Exergaming

GetWellGamers and AgeTech Wi Fit Balance Boards_cropped 2_gwgf logoAgeTech thanks the Get Well Gamers Foundation for their continued support of senior exergaming for wellness and socialization among residents of West Coast LeadingAge member communities. The foundation has donated Nintendo Wii and Xbox exergames as well as several Wii balance boards to accompany the fitness-oriented Wii games.  AgeTech will be distributing the games and boards to members in the coming weeks Watch for details on our blog). AgeTech distributed GWGF’s first donation of games to thirteen LeadingAge members in the AgeTech network:


Gold Country Retirement and Health, Placerville CA
Carlsbad by the Sea, Carlsbad CA
Parkview Senior Apartments, San Jose CA
Bixby Knolls Towers, Long Beach CA
Auburn Ravine Terrace, Auburn CA
The Hearthstone, Seattle WA
Friendsview Retirement Community, Newberg OR
Spring Meadows Assisted Living, St. Helens OR
Terwilliger Plaza, Portland OR

Pioneer House, Sacramento CA
Telacu Tierra Serrano Social Services, Rialto CA
Emerald Heights/Corwin Center, Redmond WA
Beth Haven, Ripon CA

Intel-GE Care Innovations Hackathon to Tackle Biggest Patient Engagement Hurdles

Intel-GE Care Innovations, in partnership with MIT Hacking Medicine and StartX, will host its first ever “hackathon” in an effort to bridge the divide between patients, their health and their healthcare providers. Held at Stanford University on September 19-21, the event features health innovation experts Dr. Jacob Reider, Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and Dr. Lyle Berkowitz, Associate Chief Medical Officer of Innovation at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, experienced in innovative and disruptive uses of information technology. Read the full press release.

To learn more about how to participate, visit:

To learn more about Intel-GE Care Innovations, an AgeTech West Corporate Technology Partner, visit

Monday, Monday! So Many Things to Do at The AgeTech West Conference & Expo!

The AgeTech West Technology Conference and Expo is coming up – join us in Seattle on November 17-18!

Monday will feature…

1. Optional Microsoft HQ Tour Including Lunch: 10:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Participants will visit the Microsoft Corporate Headquarters in Redmond, WA, outside of Seattle. Tour elements will include a 1-hour tour of the new “Microsoft Envisioning Center,” the “Computing Museum” in the Visitor Center and lunch in a Microsoft café. Microsoft Tour is limited to 40 conference registrants, separate is registration required. The fee is $45, hurry though as the tour is filling fast!!

2. Optional Screening of “Cyber-Seniors” Documentary @ Mirabella Seattle:
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Advance registration required: contact Margaret Morneau to learn more.

Read the New York Times Review

3. Exhibits & Xbox Competitions Open – Afternoon Tea and Coffee:
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

4. OPENING GENERAL SESSION: 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Welcome to AgeTech & the Seattle Innovation Community

Harnessing the Power of 3D Sensing for Aging Services
Brannon Zahand, DSC Business Operations, Microsoft Corp.

Highlights of 2013 Pitch-for-Pilot Experiences for Partners & Participants

Live 2014 Pitch-for-Pilots, real-time voting by Holleran
Katy Fike and Stephen Johnson, co-founders, Aging2.0

5. Networking / Wine Tasting Reception: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

And that’s just the first day! REGISTER NOW!


AgeTech’s “Sync in Seattle” Registration Opens Aug. 18th

Registration for AgeTech West’s 2014 conference, “Sync in Seattle: Transforming the Aging Services Experience,” Nov. 17-18 in downtown Seattle opens on Monday, August 18. This year’s conference will build on the tangible outcomes of 2013’s San Jose conference by highlighting successful case studies of projects coming out of the “Pitch-for-Pilots (P4P)” such as Eskaton and Live!y and PEP Housing among others. We will hear the experiences of not only care providers and technology companies, but also those of participating older adults. Following these highlights, we will conduct a new round of Pitch-for-Pilots opportunities featuring 8-10 companies with real-time voting by Holleran and opportunity for providers in attendance to apply to be a pilot host partner.

The conference will also feature keynotes and panel discussions by Microsoft, Panasonic, Google, Intel-GE Care Innovations, and A Place for Mom to name a few, as well as over a dozen break-out presentations. More than 30 technology companies are expected to exhibit, and we’ll have ample networking time and Xbox One “exergaming” competitions and giveaways to add some fun.  A limited number of rooms at the Hyatt Olive 8 are available at a conference rate of $149/night. Because the conference rate is offered two days before or after the conference as well (subject to room availability), you can have an affordable weekend in Seattle. Hotel reservation information is here. You won’t want to miss it!

Eskaton Completes Eight-Week Trial of Lively’s Smart Home Technology

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – August 6, 2014 – Eskaton, a Northern California-based, nonprofit organization that provides services and support for over 14,000 older adults annually, today announced the results of an eight-week trial of Lively’s smart home technology. Lively ( uses passive sensors placed around an elderly adult’s home to keep tabs on certain daily activity patterns, and automatically notify family members or other designated caregivers whenever something seems amiss.

The purpose of the study was to test the efficacy of Lively in establishing a daily activity connection between older adults and family members or others concerned about their health and well-being. Additionally, the study investigated whether using Lively could have a noticeable effect on older adults’ mindfulness in maintaining healthy habits and behavior. As part of the Lively service, each Eskaton trial participant also received LivelyGram, a twice-monthly printed mailer of photos submitted by loved ones, which aims to maintain and create emotionally satisfying social connections with the older adult recipients.

Read the full press release and download the complete Pre- & Post-Trial Survey Analysis.


AgeTech West and Premier Provider Partner Front Porch Featured in National Publications

The Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing (FPCIW), an AgeTech Premier Provider Partner, was featured in a recent Forbes Magazine article entitled “Five Cool Tech Tools For Seniors,” highlighting five of FPCIW’s current technology projects. These include deployment of Paro, an animatronic baby harp seal for socialization and calming therapy with memory care residents, Dakim Brain Fitness for cognitive stimulation and memory improvements, Lively passive wellness monitoring, Tapestry social networking and the Stitch companionship matchmaking platform.

AgeTech West and FPCIW were also featured in a McKnights Long-term Care article entitled “Innovation lab: Evaluating a pilot project in long-term care.”  AgeTech Executive Director Scott Peifer was quoted as saying that for aging service providers, “innovation means the difference between being able to continue fulfilling their mission in serving older adults and being disrupted by a competitor, new entrant into the space or missed strategic opportunity. We believe it is far better for providers to recognize their “blind spots” and disrupt themselves by innovating their service models.” He further stated that “technology now plays a big part in making innovative service models scalable, as well as transforming the aging service experience in more traditional care models.” FPCIW Director Davis Park emphasized that participant recruitment and staff buy in are two critical elements of a successful pilot project.  The article’s author, Lola Rain, concludes the article by identifying nine important steps to take when embarking on a pilot project.

Don’t miss the chance to participate in AgeTech’s second round of the popular “Pitch for Pilots” at this year’s AgeTech West Conference and Tech Expo entitled “Sync in Seattle: Transforming the Aging Services Experience,” November 17-18 in Seattle, WA. Attendee registration opens August 15.



Boomer Health Tech Watch Releases New AARP-Sponsored Report

Baby boomers and seniors age 50+ comprise an enormous cohort. But they do not represent a market segment that can be divided neatly by age. This amorphous population of 100 million people confounds innovators with widely different needs, budgets and marketing channels. But entrepreneurs can learn from prospective customers, experts from specific sub-segments and market niches, and from the learnings of those who have done well.

The AARP-sponsored 2014 interview report, “Challenging Innovators: Matching Offerings to the Needs of Older Adults,” reveals new tactics, but as much determination as ever. The interviewees in this report – including AgeTech West Executive Director Scott Peifer – advised new entrants to consider innovating at life transition points; seeking interested funders and accelerators, using crowdfunding to gain visibility; leveraging policy changes that open up new opportunities; entering a market at disruptive price points; and above all, seeking partnerships carefully – and early.

Download and read the full report.

Call for Presentations: Deadline June 15!

AgeTech West is pleased to release its 2014 Call for Presentations. Following AgeTech’s successful conference in San Jose, CA., this year’s conference will take place at the Hyatt Olive 8 Hotel in downtown Seattle, WA. on November 17-18, 2014.

We are seeking presentation proposals for concurrent sessions that provide the latest technology-enabled care experiences, guidance and opportunities for West Coast leaders in support of the 2014 theme, “Sync in Seattle: Transforming the Aging Services Experience.”  We will explore how technology can better synchronize aging services with consumer desires to transform the aging services “user experience” for older adults and aging service providers alike.

The venue will offer first-class amenities and downtown Seattle opportunities for networking “sync-ups” with colleagues and technology innovators. Beginning on the early afternoon of Monday, November 17, the conference will feature a networking reception that night and will conclude by 3pm on Tuesday, November 18. Come in before the conference begins to enjoy a weekend in Seattle at the group rate of $149/night (subject to room availability).

Thanks in advance for helping to make this year’s event another catalyst for change!

Deadline to submit is June 15.

USA Today: AARP program hopes to bridge tech gap

AARP announced plans today to help bridge the gap between old and new technology for the 50-plus crowd.

The program, called AARP TEK (Technology, Education and Knowledge), includes an online platform and hands-on education sessions that will help older folks understand how to navigate new hardware, software and social media. The goal of AARP TEK is to “give the 50-plus audience the skills and confidence to use technology and stay connected.”

Read the full article in USA Today here.

Visit the AARP TEK – Technology Education Center here.

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