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CES 2017: Autonomous Vehicles to Intergenerational Technology

  • Synopsis: Published: 2016-12-30 (Revised/Updated 2017-01-07) - AARP experts share insights on autonomous vehicles, fintech, accessibility opportunities, intergenerational tech and caregiving innovations at CES. For further information pertaining to this article contact: AARP at
Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is an annual trade show organized by the Consumer Technology Association. Held January at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, the event hosts presentations of new products and technologies in the consumer electronics industry. CES showcases over 3,800 exhibiting companies, including manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, technology delivery systems and more; a conference program with more than 300 conference sessions, and more than 165,000 attendees from around 150 countries. The 2017 CES will be held January 5th - 8th, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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To further the discussion on how technology and innovation impact the lives of people 50-plus, AARP today reveals its lineup of CES presentations addressing relevant trends from autonomous vehicles to intergenerational technology.

AARP's CES 2017 presence includes experts sharing their insights on six conference panels, an exhibit on the Tech West show floor with its 2016 LivePitch winners and a Venetian suite for meetings with other thought leaders to discuss topics including: how the tech industry can help create solutions for the Longevity Economy (people 50-plus). According to AARP's 2016 report, the Longevity Economy includes 111 million 50-plus U.S. consumers who generate $7.6 trillion in economic activity.

With panels ranging from technology tools for retirement to autonomous vehicles aiding in independent living, AARP executives will participate in the following Living in Digital Times and CTA Foundation panels. Full details on all AARP sessions can be found here.

  • Digital Money Forum:

    Jeff Makowka, Director, Market Innovation, will moderate a panel on High-Tech Tools Tackle Retirement -- how different types of technologies are helping to identify opportunities for saving. AARP Ambassador Jean Chatzky of NBC will join the discussion to be held on Thursday, January 5th at 11:30am, LVCC N259.

  • CTA Foundation:

    Terry Bradwell, Chief Enterprise Strategy and Innovation Officer, will join panelists to discuss Why Accessibility Matters to Tech Leaders and how companies--both big and small--are investing in technologies to improve the lives of older adults and those with disabilities. The panel will take place on Thursday, January 5th at 3:30pm, LVCC N261.

  • Fitness Tech:

    Andy Miller, SVP Innovation & Product Development, will moderate a panel on Fitness at Any Age -- discussing how smart tech, fitness tracking and new sports innovations can increase health benefits at every age. The panel will be held on Thursday, January 5th at 4:30pm, The Venetian, Level 4, Lando 4303.

  • CTA Foundation:

    Jody Holtzman, Senior Vice President, Market Innovation, will join a panel focusing on how Autonomous Vehicles Will Aid Independent Living; enabling easier and safer transportation for everyone, particularly older adults and those with vision loss. The panel will be held on Friday, January 6th at 9:00am, LVCC N258.

  • Family Tech:

    Anne Marie Kilgallon, VP Innovation, will lead a discussion on Creating Intergenerational Bonds Through Technology -- focusing on the impact of the mobile phone and internet communications on the modern family. The panel will take place on Friday, January 6th at 2:30pm, The Venetian, Level 4, Lando 4301.

  • Digital Health Summit:

    Jody Holtzman, Senior Vice President, Market Innovation, will lead a discussion on Caregiving Tech and the tremendous opportunity for innovation in caregiving technology. Holtzman's session will take place Saturday, January 7th at 1:40pm at The Venetian, Level 4, Lando 4303.

    "AARP's innovation experts look forward to sharing their insights with CES attendees about how technology can benefit all people, including those 50-plus, and allow them to live their best lives," said Terry Bradwell, Chief Enterprise Strategy and Innovation Officer, AARP. "We look forward to collaborating with like-minded experts and technology developers to help achieve our goal

  • LivePitch Winners

    AARP's Health Innovation@50+ is a competition for emerging startups in the healthy living space with a focus on caregiving. The 2016 Live Pitch winners, Penrose Senior Care Auditors of Dallas, TX and SingFit of Los Angeles, CA will be at CES to showcase first-of-their-kind 50-plus innovations.

Penrose Senior Care Auditors provides the first and only tech/app-enabled senior care auditing solution, called Penrose Check-Ins, to ensure seniors are okay while providing families peace-of-mind. During the Penrose Care-Check, an auditor visits the senior and using the app, assesses 150 items related to their well-being and reports back to the family. @penrosecheckin

SingFit combines a growing body of scientific research on the health benefits of prescribed singing with a proprietary music platform in order to mass distribute the benefits of music as medicine. Focused on dementia care and healthy aging, its debut product SingFit PRIME is the winner of the USC Keck School of Medicine Body Computing Prize. @MusicalHealthT

Both companies will be at booth #43438 located in the Health & Wellness Marketplace in Tech West at the Sands Convention Center.

Exhibit Suite

AARP leadership will be available to meet with startups, organizations and individuals to have conversations around the latest trends in technology for older adults, share insights on the 50-plus population's needs and wants, discuss AARP's aspirations around innovation, build and cultivate potential working relationships.

Meetings will be held at The Venetian, suite 30-128. To schedule a conversation with AARP at CES around how your company may be able to serve the 50-plus demographic, contact Jim Nedohon at

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