MaRS HealthKick: The Intersection of Innovation & Aging

“The age is running mad after innovation; and all the business of the world is to be done in a new way…”  

Samuel Johnson 1783

Has innovation ever gone away? Perhaps there are distinct periods of history where it seems to jolt the frontiers of every world of business all at once – where we find hyper-busy intersections of scientific, technological and social development.

As observed in this 18th century quotation, it could be said that we are running mad once more. Well now, ever since the mid-1990’s when Clayton Christensen introduced us to this theory in the Innovator’s Dilemma, it’s disruptive innovation, disruptive technology, of which he said it “should be framed as a marketing challenge, not a technological one.”

How true that appears to be in the field of aging and longevity, where technologies of the 21st century intersect here as in other domains. For an avid watcher like me at this intersection, notably over the last eight years, the volume of endeavours in technology and aging at play around the world is quite impressive. Follow the research and investments in product development as I have; as evidenced by the work from in Canada alone, it is opportunity still in an early running mad.

With all this constantly in mind, I took note on the weekend of a one-day event, taking place in Toronto on April 1st 2019 at the MaRS Discovery District – HealthKick Focus: The Intersection of Innovation and Aging

MaRS brings together “academics, corporates, innovators and health system leaders working at the forefront of aging across 3 streams: Mobility, Brain Health and Aging in place. Discussions focus on innovations that are paving the way for supportive designs in mobility, brain health, housing, communities and transportation and enabling older people to live the lives they value.”

Even though this is not the first or last event of this kind on this topic area for me, it’s always stimulating to see how innovations happen so fast and to see who gets it. We are at a fast intersection of innovation, where even a global leader in automotive technology, Faurecia – whose vision is about “inspiring mobility”, finds a motive to extend that to the future of Mobility and Aging.

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