AGE-WELL – National Impact Challenge Update


Canada’s own technology and aging network AGE-WELL has steadily grown their reputation as a dynamic research and innovation centre dedicated to improving the lives of older adults. As covered in my blog post in early May 2018, AGE-WELL announced their National Impact Challenge, a contest to encourage new and unique technology-based solutions that can benefit Canadians as they age.

Contestants were invited to compete for prizes with over $100,000 in cash and in-kind services by showcasing how their solution could positively impact older Canadians or their caregivers. Video submissions were open starting May 15, with and end date of June 30, which is now four days away.

One of the unique features of this nation-wide competition is that once the screening process is over, videos that meet eligibility will be posted on the AGE-WELL website for public voting. Once that becomes open it will be fun to announce my top picks from each of the five zones in Canada as described in the contest rules.

The finalists will be invited participate in the competition finale at the AGE-WELL 2018 Annual Conference in Vancouver, October 16-18, 2018 which is connected at the same time to the 47th annual Canadian Association on Gerontology Conference in Vancouver.

Prior to that, AGE-WELL is exhibiting at the International Federation on Ageing Conference, August 8 -10 in Toronto, and as a conference partner for IFA 2018 I will be attending and will look forward to meeting up with their team to learn first-hand about how existing technologies are already making a difference in the market. In addition, it will be interesting to know how future work in this area will continue beyond the AGE-WELL first five-year mandate period, which ends in 2020.





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