Since its launch, Miller has helped grow the lab’s programs, events, competitions and partnerships. Its collaboration with the Boston’s MassChallenge accelerator, for example, has brought in dozens of companies to the AARP Innovation Labs looking to use technology to improve senior health, wealth and caregiving. This year, AARP is working with six healthtech and two fintech startups, incubating these companies as they grow. Among the 2019 startups to join are the end-of-life planning platform Cake and LifeSite, an online safe deposit box.
AARP also hosts its own pitch competitions in cities like Berkeley, Nashville and New Orleans, where startups can show their work and ask AARP members and the innovation community to vote for the most viable and impactful product or service. This year featured the first of these pitch events at CES, where the event highlighted improving social connection.
Sponsored by the CTA Foundation and AARP, and hosted in Eureka Park, CES’ global stage for startups, eight companies pitched their ideas on how technology could reduce isolation — an issue thousands of seniors encounter. Shark Tank’s Daymond John emceed the event, and AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins announced the winners.
The pitches showcased the originality on display at CES, and the way technology brings us together — whether it was House of Haptics’ wearable bracelet that simulates sending human touch over long distances, or a video conferencing solution from Glowbl that allowed multiple types of content to be shared at once. In the end, the judges chose two winners: Waverly Labs and StoryUP’s Healium.
Pitch competition winners, including the two from CES, then had the opportunity to compete in the AARP’s Grand Pitch Finale held in October.
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