Temperature sensor for independent living wins Innovation Champion Award

Temperature sensor for independent living wins Innovation Champion Award


Earlier this week, AARP named HomeEXCEPT Inc. the Grand Prize winner of the AARP Innovation Champion Awards competition. The team was awarded $10,000 in cash for designing a homecare sensor that allows caregivers to monitor loved ones by using thermal sensors used to track movement.

The AARP Innovation Champion Awards was created to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary efforts of companies that are aligned with AARP’s core mission – to empower people to choose how they live as they age.

The AARP Innovation Champion Awards also honored six finalists, one in each of six categories: Health and Safety Awareness, Daily Essential Activities, Caregiver Quality of Life, Care Coordination, Social Well-being, Transition Support. Finalists came from Canada, Israel and Korea in addition to the United States and all demonstrated the importance of ageless design with their submissions.

The finalists and Grand Prize winner were selected by AARP’s panel of judges: Bill Horne, Executive Editor, AARP The Magazine; Rich Tehrani, Group Editor in Chief, TMC: Technology Marketing Corp.; Robin Raskin, Founder, Living in Digital Times; Patricia Moore, President, Moore Designs;  Amy Goyer, Author and AARP’s Family and Caregiving Expert.

For the full list of winners per category, product descriptions and prizes, log onto www.aarp.org/innovationaward.



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AARP heads to Silicon Valley for Innovation@50+ LivePitch competition

AARP heads to Silicon Valley for Innovation@50+ LivePitch competition


The day has finally come – the AARP Innovation@50+ LivePitch competition!

Perhaps you’ve heard of it. If not, let me explain.

AARP’s Innovation@50+ LivePitch event or “LivePitch” is a competition for emerging startups in the Caregiving Health Technology and Financial Technology sectors. Over the past five years, almost 30 startup finalists have raised over $172 million in venture investments and four have been acquired.

I’ll be tuning in this week via our live steam and you’re invited to do the same, using the links below:

Link to AARP’s LivePitch 2017: Day 1

Link to AARP’s LivePitch 2017: Day 2

Last year, I was fortunate enough to attend the event and was impressed with the passion the startup entrepreneurs had for caregiving products that could potentially improve the quality of life for caregivers and the people for whom they care.

The audience was comprised of AARP members and venture capital investors who were invited to watch the pitches in person and able to vote in real-time on the viability of each of them.

This year, LivePitch will be held over the course of two days – the first day (Wednesday, April 12) focused on Caregiving Health Technologies, and the second day (Thursday, April 13) focused on Financial Tech.

Check out the list of the 2017 AARP Innovation @ 50+ LivePitch finalists.

I look forward to getting a reality check on current options in artificial intelligence (AI) and FinTech and to hearing the latest in personal pensions, theft prevention and online safety, medical billing, financial health, financial management, retirement planning, and automatic savings options.

We welcome your input on LivePitch and the presentations. Please share your input in the comments section, below.



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