Emerging Tech SIG: Emerging “Silver” Technologies for Aging and Caring



  • Topic
    Emerging “Silver” Technologies for Aging and Caring



    The  boomer generation is 78 Million strong. They will live longer, be more active and embrace technology over previous generations. The Boomers don’t want to age but reality is the number of adults age 65 and older will double by the year 2030. The result is that “silvers” technologies are rapidly emerging in digital health, connected care management, fitness and lifestyle.  

    The panel will discuss boomer-market technologies and technology opportunities.  

    Join us in a lively panel discussion on:

     * What are the technology triggers for the Boomer demographic?

     * What are the key market segments?

     * What technologies have emerged to enable winning products and services now and why?

     * What new technologies and opportunities should entrepreneurs focus on?

    Susan Ayers Walker
    Founder, SmartSilvers

    Susan Ayers Walker, a leading edge boomer, co-founded the SmartSilvers Alliance with a mission to foster the application of technology to  enable our independence and assist our decision making as all of us age at home. Susan is also a freelance technology journalist, following on a successful career as a chip designer. Her articles have appeared in MIT Insider, AARP magazine, AARP.org, ACM, EETimes, Caring.com, Bottomline Retirement, American Society on Aging Newsletter and other journals. A nationally known speaker, Susan has also appeared on NBC and CBS and participated in a variety of radio talk shows. Susan co-produces the Digital Health and Silvers Summits @CES, which assemble, within the International Consumer Electronics Show each year, an exhibition and a conference featuring technology panels and roundtables that focus on consumer healthcare technology and applications.

    Vijay Nadkarni, Founder, Wellcore

         It was Vijay Nadkarni’s vision to develop a new generation of products for seniors that would give them a new level of safety and overall wellness monitoring that led him to found Wellcore - after a consistent 20-year track record in the wireless, networking and biomedical sectors conceiving and delivering first-on-the-market products—from concept to industry success. Before founding Wellcore, Vijay co-founded Veraz Networks (formerly ipVerse, Inc.) that generated over $100 million in revenues in 2006, leading to an IPO. Prior to founding Veraz, Vijay initiated and built the VoIP program at 3Com leading to a major customer win from AT&T. He also held multiple roles in management and engineering at Motorola’s Cellular Infrastructure Group. In the early 1990s, Vijay started a pattern recognition company, Perceptronix, which developed signature recognition and OCR products. He started his career in biomedical sciences at Abbott Laboratories/Fuller Research Corp.

         Vijay currently holds eight issued patents, and has another eight patents in progress. He holds a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology–Bombay, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University, where he was a Walter Murphy Fellow, and an M.B.A. from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.


    Peter Radsliff, President & CEO, Presto Services Inc. 

         Bio Peter Radsliff is CEO of Presto Services Inc., the leading developer of communications solutions that assist with long distance caregiving to help seniors age-in-place. Prior to Presto, Peter led marketing and product development organizations at Seagate Technology and Monster Cable, developing hundreds of new connectivity, power and digital storage products sold worldwide through major retail chains. Also a serial entrepreneur, Presto is Peter’s fourth venture-backed startup. He is board chairman of the Aging Technology Alliance, and has taught undergraduate and graduate product design courses at San Francisco State University. Peter lives with his wife and three children in California’s Silicon Valley. He blogs at http://blog.presto.com .


    Richard P. Adler, Principal, People & Technology

    In addition to being a principal of People & Technology, a research and consulting firm based in Silicon Valley, Richard Adler is a Research Affiliate at the Institute for the Future (IFTF) in Palo Alto, where he recently co-led a project on Baby Boomers: The Next 20 Years.   Richard’s primary areas of interest include aging and technology, the future of health care and new models of education and learning.   

         Richard's recent publications include Texting 4 Health (Stanford, 2009), based on the 2008 conference at Stanford that he helped organize; Healthcare Unplugged: The Evolving Role of Wireless Technology (California HealthCare Foundation, 2008); Aging Boomers: A Guide for the Perplexed (AARP, 2006); and The Age Wave Meets the Technology Wave: Broadband and Older Americans (SeniorNet, 2004). Richard is also the author of a number of reports for the Aspen Institute, including Leveraging the Talent-Driven Firm (2010); M-Powering India: Mobile Communications for Inclusive Growth (Aspen Institute, 2009); and Media and Democracy (2008).  

         Adler is Fellow of the World Demographic Association, has taught communications at Stanford and UCLA, and was a Research Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard, a master’s from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MBA from the McLaren School of Business at the University of San Francisco.  He speaks widely on the impact of new technologies and serves as an advisor to a number of non-profits and start-up ventures in the U.S. and abroad.


    6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Registration / Networking / Refreshments / Pizza

    7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Presentation