Aging2.0 | New York - register on Eventbrite

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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 generally start off with some ‘big picture’ perspectives, have a networking break, and then have pitches from startup companies in the space.

This meeting will be held at the Hallmark, New York, 6-9pm August 28th 2012.

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Tim Jones, PhD, Founder, The Future Agenda

Tim is one of the world’s most respected and experienced innovation consultants, and has worked with Fortune500 companies from multiple sectors. His talk will cover a number of key global trends and innovation practices that will provide useful insights about growth for anyone in a corporation or stratup thinking about growth. He is visiting from London, and has kindly volunteered to share some of insights with the Aging2.0 audience.

He is the author of numerous articles and 8 related books and is a regular speaker at corporate events and public conferences on innovation leadership, growth platforms and future trends. Tim leads the annual Innovation Leadersanalysis, which has built up a loyal following over the past 10 years by organizations eager to understand the latest trends in innovation. Having proved to be a solid future performance indicator it is now being expanded as the engine of a unique trading strategy that is delivering outstanding returns.

In addition he is Founder and Program Director of the Future Agenda project – the world’s first global open foresight program, an advisor to several companies and provides strategic support to a number of leading organizations. Tim is also co-founder of a global expert network, The Growth Agenda that helps organizations identify new growth platforms.

As founder of Innovaro Limited, which he built to become Europe’s leading innovation strategy and insight firm, Tim supported companies across multiple sectors in identifying new growth opportunities, building core innovation capability and developing high impact focused innovation strategies. He left Innovaro in 2009, a year after its sale and combination with Strategos.

Matthias Hollwich, Co-founder and Principal, HWKN

Matthias Hollwich, SBA, is a registered European Architect, and cofounder and principal of Hollwich Kushner (HWKN) and cofounder of Architizer. Before starting his own enterprises he worked at OMA in Rotterdam, Eisenman Architects and Diller+Scofidio in New York City. He is currently a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been the creator of an international conference on aging and architecture: New Aging, held in the fall of 2010 at UPENN. In 2004, Matthias finished editing his first book with Rainer Weisbach at the Bauhaus: UmBauhaus – Updating Modernism. His work has been featured in Wallpaper*, New York Times, Bauwelt, Dwell, and Architectural Digest. He has been a speaker at TEDx East, TEDx Atlanta and the PICNIC conference in Amsterdam. Matthias is driven by the aim to upgrade manmade environments on a human and engaging scale.

HWKN (Hollwich Kushner) is a New York based architecture and design office whose projects span the worlds of architecture, branding, and development. HWKN embraces all facets of contemporary culture to enrich and reinvent buildings. The office is involved in a diverse range of projects that include Wendy, the 2012 Museum of Modern Art PS1 Pavilion; J2, the tallest residential development in New Jersey; the Fire Island Pines Pavilion, and the UNIQLO Cubes. The office focuses on global cultural projects, large scale developments, brand-enhancing interventions and architecture for our aging society.

PITCHES: (5 mins x 5 slides)

Victor Wang, Founder & CEO, GeriJoy Technologies Inc

Victor Wang is Founder and CEO of GeriJoy Technologies Inc. Considering the disparity in happiness and mental health between his two grandmothers, one who lives by herself and one who lives with family, Victor realized that social isolation is an enormous problem. At GeriJoy, Victor is committed to improving the quality of care for seniors by supporting their emotional and intellectual health. GeriJoy offers an advanced virtual companionship platform for residents of nursing and assisted living homes. GeriJoy’s patent-pending technology provides similar emotional benefits to owning a live pet, while also serving as a truly intelligent conversational partner, available 24/7 and capable of intuitively delivering a variety of intellectually stimulating content such as photos, news, or communications with family members.

Born in Taiwan, Victor grew up in Canada, programming text-based role-playing games for MS-DOS at the age of six and marveling at the graphical user interface of Windows 3.1. After developing software and websites throughout elementary and high school, Victor decided to broaden his experience, getting a BASc in Mechatronics Engineering with Distinction (Minor in Commerce) from UBC, and working stints in telemarketing, environmental research, aerospace manufacturing, particle physics, oil sands, and medical robotics, while completing his training as an officer in the Canadian Forces Primary Reserve. Victor received his MS from MIT, where he performed human-machine interface research for NASA while serving as one of the premier leaders in graduate student government.

Victor is a member of the Gerontological Society of America.

Cynthia Wittman, CEO, Speak-n-Find

Cindy has spent thirty years in the financial markets. She has worked at The Latin America Finance Group Ltd, was a Partner and Founder of Hoguet, Keller, Wittman & Co. (sold to Creditanstalt Bankverein) and was an Investment Manager at Brown Brothers Harriman. She was educated at Williams College (BA) and has an MBA from Stanford University. Speak-n-Find is a unique electronic device which enables its users to reduce stress and time and money wasting pressure by easily using their voices or buttons on the Base Station to find up to 16 items which are constantly misplaced in homes and offices. It is easy to use and can reach over 300 feet.

Liz Emery, Founder, Liz & Ett

While caring for her grandmothers, Liz Emery saw a great need for stylish apparel/accessories adapted to the needs of women with limited mobility.  She began designing fashionable and functional options for aging loved ones, and established Liz & Ett {Chic Adaptive Essentials} in her grandmothers’ memory.  Liz is passionate about maintaining dignity and style at all stages of life, especially in the face of health challenges.  She holds a BA in Microbiology from Miami University; an MPH in Epidemiology from Indiana University; and attended St. George’s University School of Medicine for two years prior to caring for her grandmothers.  Liz launched her e-commerce site in April 2012 ( and currently resides in New York City, where she oversees production of her line in the NYC Garment Center.


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