Press Release #1

 

AARP UNVEILS INNOVATION CHAMPION AWARDS WITH $10,000 GRAND PRIZE;

ISSUES CALL FOR NOMINATIONS 

 

AARP Will Recognize Leaders in Ageless Innovation, with a focus on Caregiving, for New Award Program

 

 

WASHINGTON, DC – February 15, 2017 – AARP today issued a Call for Nominations for the 2017 AARP Innovation Champion Awards, which will recognize and reward innovation in caregiving. Submissions will be accepted beginning February 15th and close April 15th. Winners will be announced in June.

 

Technology holds great promise for helping to reduce the complexities, stress, and sheer hard work of the important job of caregiving. Yet many current offerings remain under the radar and underused. The AARP Innovation Champion Awards will raise awareness of the most innovative products and services in caregiving, which will in turn increase the usage of these offerings and improve quality of life for anyone who may benefit from them.

 

Awards submissions will be accepted in six categories: daily essential activities, caregiver quality of life, health and safety awareness, care coordination, social well-being and transition support. Individuals may nominate themselves, their companies or other qualified individuals and companies.

 

“Too often we see innovation around products, services and even city infrastructure that focuses only on seniors or only on another age group. This is short sighted and inefficient. Instead we need to spark investment in what we call Ageless Innovation – innovations that are universally designed for all people – of any age,” explained Terry Bradwell, AARP’s chief enterprise strategy and innovation officer. “We couldn’t be more excited to introduce the Innovation Champion Awards to help raise awareness of products and services that can truly make a difference in people’s lives.”

 

Following an initial screening round, AARP’s expert judges will evaluate all submissions for a range of criteria including, but not limited to: 

 

  • Ageless Innovation: does the entrant deliver innovation that caters to all age groups?
  • Design: does the entrant challenge the status quo in look and feel, user interface, user experience, durability, etc?
  • Benefits: how does the entrant make a difference in people’s lives
  • Technology: does the entrant use new technology or use existing technology in a new way?
  • Business model: does the entrant have a new approach to its revenue plan?
  • Safety: does the entrant provide enhanced safety compared to competing offerings?

 

AARP’s judges will designate five finalists in each category which will then be opened up for public voting at AARP.org and through social media. A finalist in each category will receive an AARP Innovation Champion Award, and a single Grand Prize winner will also be selected. The esteemed panel of judges includes: 

 

  • Terry Bradwell - Chief Innovation Officer, AARP
  • Rich Tehrani, Group Editor in Chief, TMC: Technology Marketing Corp.
  • Bill Horne, Executive Editor, AARP Magazine
  • Robin Raskin, Founder, Living in Digital Times
  • Patricia Moore, President, Moore Designs 

 

Finalists will receive: 

 

  • AARP Innovation Champion consulting to provide guidance/insight on product development
  • Plaque for each company plus digital certificate that can be featured online
  • AARP Press Release - mention of winners
  • AARP Social Media - mention(s) of winners 

 

Grand Prize winner will receive the above plus: 

 

  • All expense paid trip for 2 company representatives to DC to tour AARP’s Innovation Lab and meet with senior executives
  • Cash prize of $10,000
  • Coverage in i3 Magazine (and/or ad space) 

 

Providers of products, services or other caregiving-related offerings are encouraged to visit http://www.aarp.org/innovationaward and fill out the entry form. There is no fee to enter. More information including complete entry rules and conditions can be found at the same address.

  

About AARP

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into 'Real Possibilities' by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and personal fulfillment. AARP also advocates for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation magazine, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin.

 

AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @aarp and our CEO @JoAnn_Jenkins on Twitter.

 

Press Release #2

 

AARP REVEALS SEMI-FINALISTS FOR

INNOVATION CHAMPION AWARDS;

PUBLIC INVITED TO VOTE THROUGH JUNE 2

 

Caregivers, Family and Friends Can Now Cast Their Vote for Most Deserving

Products and Services for Better Living

 

WASHINGTON, DC – May 24, 2017 – AARP announced today the lineup of 30 semi-finalists in its AARP Innovation Champion Awards competition. The contest recognizes and rewards innovation in caregiving. The public is encouraged to vote for the most innovative products and services beginning May 24 through 11:59 PM EDT June 2. Winners will be announced in June.

 

“Our semi-finalists are an impressive representation of the innovation that’s ready to help people live their best lives as they age,” said Anne Marie Kilgallon, AARP’s Vice President of Enterprise Strategy and Innovation. “It’s opportunities like this competition that encourage innovators to make a difference--in this case, helping to ease the incredibly difficult but rewarding work of a caregiver. We’re proud to be part of something so powerful.”

 

The pool of submissions was culled to five semi-finalists in each of six categories. The finalists and Grand Prize Winner will be selected by AARP’s panel of judges: Rich Tehrani, Group Editor in Chief, TMC: Technology Marketing Corp.; Bill Horne, Executive Editor, AARP The Magazine; Robin Raskin, Founder, Living in Digital Times; Patricia Moore, President, Moore Designs;  Amy Goyer, Author and AARP’s Family and Caregiving Expert.

 

Following is the list of semi-finalists per category. Detail on each innovation can be found at aarp.org/innovationaward.

 

Daily Essential Activities

  • Wheel Pad; Your Home, Accessible Now
  • LifeSite
  • SilverRide
  • GoGoGrandparent
  • Thumbtack

 

Caregiver Quality of Life

  • RAPAEL Smart Glove Home
  • EverSafe: Protecting a Lifetime of Savings
  • CareClock
  • LIVI at Home – Automated Medication Dispenser
  • ReciproCare

 

Health and Safety Awareness

  • HomeEXCEPT – Smart Sensors for EXCEPTional Peace of Mind
  • Smart T-shirt with Stick (1-channel electrocardiograph) and Portable 12-leads electrocardiograph
  • Cardiospire
  • SnapMD Virtual Care Management (VCM) Telemedicine Platform 
  • SirenCare Smart Socks

 

Care Coordination

  • Amicomed
  • Palette- a Cognitive Dietitian to Drive Behavior Change with Life Data for Diabetics and Providers
  • LIGHTHOUSE @ Home
  • On Your Behalf
  • CareXChange – The Online Village for Caregivers and their Loved Ones

 

Social Well-being

  • Rendever
  • ElliQ, the active aging companion
  • MemoryFox
  • Solera Health
  • Digital Health Concierge

 

Transition Support

  • Golden – Financial Caregiving
  • Caresponsive Voice AI Post-Discharge Follow-up Service
  • LifeFolder
  • Jam Ramp
  • SeniorHabitat

 

 

Submissions were evaluated against a range of criteria including:

  • Ageless Innovation: does the entrant deliver innovation that caters to all age groups?
  • Design: does the entrant challenge the status quo in look and feel, user interface, user experience, durability, etc?
  • Benefits: how does the entrant make a difference in people’s lives?
  • Technology: does the entrant use new technology or use existing technology in a new way?
  • Business model: does the entrant have a new approach to its revenue plan?
  • Safety: does the entrant provide enhanced safety compared to competing offerings?

 

Click here for contest rules. 

 

The public can vote here for the top innovations in caregiving. Results of the public vote will be used to break a tie.

 

 

 

 

About AARP

AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members and offices in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen, high-quality products and services to carry the AARP name.  As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation publications, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.

 

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Press Release #3

 

 

AARP NAMES HOMEEXCEPT INC. GRAND PRIZE WINNER OF INNOVATION CHAMPION AWARDS

 

Winner to Receive $10,000; Six Finalists From Around the World Also Announced

 

WASHINGTON, DC – June 20, 2017 – AARP announced today that HomeEXCEPT Inc. has been selected as the Grand Prize winner of the AARP Innovation Champion Awards competition for its service Smart Sensors for EXCEPTional Peace of Mind, a platform that allows family members to monitor loved ones by using thermal sensors used to track movement.

 

“The AARP Innovation Champion Awards was created to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary efforts of companies that are aligned with AARP’s core mission – to empower people to choose how they live as they age,” said Anne Marie Kilgallon, AARP’s Vice President of Enterprise Strategy and Innovation. “We received hundreds of submissions and the decision was not an easy one, but in the end our panel of judges agreed that HomeEXCEPT Inc. best exemplified this mission. We thank everyone who submitted for their impressive work.”

 

The AARP Innovation Champion Awards also honored six finalists, one in each of six categories. Demonstrating the importance of ageless design around the world, finalists came from Canada, Israel and Korea in addition to the United States. The finalists and Grand Prize winner were selected by AARP’s panel of judges: Bill Horne, Executive Editor, AARP The Magazine; Rich Tehrani, Group Editor in Chief, TMC: Technology Marketing Corp.; Robin Raskin, Founder, Living in Digital Times; Patricia Moore, President, Moore Designs;  Amy Goyer, Author and AARP’s Family and Caregiving Expert.

 

Following is the list of winners per category:

 

Health and Safety Awareness

Company: HomeEXCEPT, Inc.

Winning submission: Smart Sensors for EXEPTional Peace of Mind

What it does: Uses a thermal sensor to identify objects and movement in the home including humans, pets, fire, stove, open window etc. The data moves over cellular IoT to the company’s cloud platform. In fractions of a second the AI interprets the data into insights that are then made available to users through the web, email, and instant messaging.

 

Daily Essential Activities

Company: SilverRide

Winning submission: SilverRide

What it does: As the only ridesharing service specifically designed for the aged/disabled population, SilverRide is a valuable service for those who need a little extra support. By providing transportation, assistive support and companion services, SilverRide makes it possible for seniors and disabled clients of all ages to maintain normal routines.

 

Caregiver Quality of Life

Company: Neofect

Winning submission: RAPAEL Smart Glove Home

What it does: Rapael Smart Glove is a biofeedback system which includes an exo-glove with built-in sensors and an artificial intelligence software to help patients with neurological and musculoskeletal injuries regain their hand mobility. Sensors embedded in the device transmit data wirelessly via Bluetooth technology. The rehabilitation solutions were designed to allow therapy training through games. Each game invigorates the muscles, and stimulates visual and auditory senses to reinforce cognitive functions and accelerate neuroplasticity.

 

Care Coordination

Company: CareXc

Winning submission: CareXChange: The Online Village for Caregivers and Their Loved Ones

What it does: CareXChange is an on-line village for caregivers. Its technology is developed for this audience to have one integrated solution that helps them navigate the complexities of finding resources, understand public and private policies, effortlessly create their own care plan.

 

Social Well-being

Company: Intuition Robotics

Winning submission: ElliQ, the active aging companion

What it does: ElliQ is an AI-driven active aging companion that keeps older adults active and engaged in various technologies including video chats and social media. Using machine learning, ElliQ learns the preferences, behavior and personality of its owner, and proactively recommends activities based on that history and recommendations by family. ElliQ also has the ability to monitor wellness and the environment in the home.

 

Transition Support

Company: Caresponsive

Winning submission: Caresponsive Voice AI Post-Discharge Follow Up Service

What it does: Caresponsive is developing an automated post-discharge follow-up call service which uses artificial intelligence and natural language processing to engage patients and record and analyze their responses to generate summaries and insights. The voice-enabled tool will be developed with an understanding of the human condition and will have the potential to cater to individuals of all ages.

 

In addition to the cash prize, the Grand Prize winner will receive:

 

  • A trip for two company representatives to Washington, D.C.
  • Tour for two of AARP’s innovation lab, including a meeting with senior AARP innovation executives
  • Attendance and recognition at AARP HQ event
  • A paid advertisement in i3 magazine, the flagship magazine of the Consumer Technology Association
  • Plus prizes listed below

 

 

 

Finalists will receive:

 

  • Private consultation on product/service with an AARP Innovation Champion
  • A commemorative plaque acknowledging the company’s achievement
  • Inclusion in an AARP news release announcing the ICA winners
  • Inclusion in AARP social media promotion of ICA winners

 

Submissions were evaluated against a range of criteria including:

 

  • Ageless Innovation: does the entrant deliver innovation that caters to all age groups?
  • Design: does the entrant challenge the status quo in look and feel, user interface, user experience, durability, etc?
  • Benefits: how does the entrant make a difference in people’s lives?
  • Technology: does the entrant use new technology or use existing technology in a new way?
  • Business model: does the entrant have a new approach to its revenue plan?
  • Safety: does the entrant provide enhanced safety compared to competing offerings?

 

Click here for contest rules. 

 

 

About AARP

AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members and offices in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen, high-quality products and services to carry the AARP name.  As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation publications, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.