Sheryl Connelly

Global Trends and Futuring Expert

Ford Motor Company

Sheryl Connelly is the global consumer trends and future manager for Ford Motor Company, a role she has held since 2004. Serving as Ford’s corporate futurist, Connelly is responsible for identifying global consumer trends that feed into functions across the entire company, including design, product development and corporate strategy. Prior to joining the trends team, Connelly spent eight years of her 17-year career with Ford in a variety of field positions for Ford Division, including wholesaling product to more than 140 dealers and assisting in the execution of new franchising agreements. Before working for Ford, she practiced law.

In addition to a Juris Doctorate, Connelly holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s in business administration. She teaches design research at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. Connelly has been a guest lecturer at Massachusetts Institute for Technology, University of Michigan and Wharton School of Business and a featured speaker at TED Global. Her strategic viewpoints have been published in the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Financial Times and BBC, and she has been profiled in Automotive News, Forbes and Edmunds. Fast Company magazine named her the 24th Most Creative Person in Business in 2013.

Terry Clark

Chief Marketing Officer of UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement


Terry M. Clark is Chief Marketing Officer of UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement, where he is responsible for marketing, partnerships and innovation.

In this role, Terry leads UnitedHealthcare’s direct-to-consumer marketing efforts. This includes consumer marketing for the nation’s largest business dedicated to the health and well‐being needs of seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries. In this role, he is responsible for marketing, innovation and business development.

Clark develops initiatives to engage with the 10 million – or one in five – Medicare beneficiaries that enrolled with UnitedHealthcare. He also works to grow new membership, including through strategic plans and programs designed specifically to meet the unique needs of the more than 70 million Baby Boomers.

In addition to his marketing responsibilities, Clark develops and manages UnitedHealthcare’s key consumer alliances with leading organizations. This includes business partnerships with organizations like AARP, Sesame Street, Amazon, Wal-Mart and more.

Clark joined UnitedHealthcare in 2006 from InterActiveCorp (IAC), a consumer technology company comprised of leading digital brands, where he served as executive vice president of sales and marketing for the company’s entertainment publications division.

Clark serves on the board of directors for the Minnesota Children’s Museum and the Positive Coaching Alliance.

Dr. Neil Clark Warren

Founder and CEO

Dr. Warren is the founder of eHarmony. He is one of America’s best-known experts on mate selection, and his experience includes 35 years as a clinical psychologist, counseling thousands of patients on relationship issues, extensive appearances at relationship seminars, and as a relationship expert on many national television and radio programs. Dr. Warren has also written several books on love, marriage, and emotional health, including the best selling “Finding the Love of Your Life,” which has sold nearly one million copies and has been translated into over ten languages. Dr. Warren has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Dr. QB


Anybots, Inc.

The QB Robot from Anybots is a remotely activated and controlled, self-balancing, virtual presence robot. QB can be controlled from anywhere in the world using a web browser.

QB was created in 2009 by Technologist, Trevor Blackwell, and is manufactured by E Systems Technology, Anybots’ Santa Clara-based OEM partner.

QB is well traveled and has been seen around the world. Since one of its first outings where QB purchased a scone at a coffee shop in Mountain View, California, the QB Robot from Anybots has been seen at the Golden Gate Bridge, the White House in Washington DC; London, England; Lyon, France; Vienna, Austria; Tokyo, Japan; Sydney, Australia; Moscow, Russia and most recently having spend a summer in Israel.

The QB robot makes it possible for distant relatives to attend weddings from across the globe. It saves the everyday commuter countless hours by allowing them to work from home. The QB robot enables children going through isolated medical treatments the freedom to live a more fully integrated life, and most recently served as a portal for teenagers who were unable to physically attend the Coca-Cola Summer of Love Camp in Israel. It also serves as a quality sentinel on various manufacturing floors.

Dr. Laurel Christensen

Chief Audiology Officer

GN ReSound

Laurel A. Christensen, Ph.D. is the Chief Audiology Officer for GN ReSound Group.  In this role she leads a global team of audiologists that is responsible for all aspects of audiology for the company including new product trials, audiology input to marketing, and global audiology relations which encompasses training and product support to subsidiaries world-wide.  Prior to joining GN ReSound, she was a researcher and Director of Sales and Marketing at Etymotic Research in Elk Grove Village, IL.  Prior to this position, she was a tenured professor at Louisiana State University Medical Center and part of the Kresge Hearing Research Laboratory in New Orleans, LA.  Dr. Christensen holds adjunct faculty appointments at Northwestern and Rush Universities in Chicago.  She served as an Associate Editor for both Trends in Amplification and the Journal of Speech and Hearing Research.  

Ant Creed

GM, Experience Design


Ant Creed’s professional passion is creating growth through innovation and experience design. He’s spent his career leading and coaching cross-functional teams to envision future products and services, to create compelling experiences, and to pilot or launch these in the market. He also coaches business leaders on the principles and practices of successful innovation and design.

At DDSTUDIO, Ant is responsible for conceptualizing, designing, and implementing experience design strategy. He leads the team to create captivating and unforgettable user experiences for the Company’s clients to share with consumers.

Most recently, Ant was Vice-President, Experience Design, at Kelley Blue Book, where he led the vision, strategy and execution of experience design for all of KBB’s software products and services. Prior to KBB, Ant led innovation for Intuit in San Diego, became Chief Architect, Experience Design for Intuit in Mountain View, then led the QuickBooks design team.

Before Intuit, Ant worked held leadership roles at Sony Electronics, Kodak ImaginationWorks, IDEO, and Philips Design in the Netherlands. Educated in England, Ant holds a BSc in Occupational Psychology from the University of Hull, and an MPhil in Psychology from the University of Plymouth.

Stephen Ewell

Executive Director

CEA Foundation

Steve Ewell is the executive director of the CEA Foundation, a charitable foundation with the mission of linking seniors and people with disabilities with technology that can enhance their lives.

Prior to joining the CEA Foundation he served in other nonprofit leadership roles. He was managing director of the InfraGard National Members Alliance (INMA), a public private partnership with the FBI focused on promoting critical infrastructure protection. Steve also served as director of the Washington, DC region of Business Executives for National Security (BENS).

Steve graduated cum laude from Drew University with a Bachelors of Arts and earned his MBA and Masters in information and telecommunications systems from Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School. He serves on the Board of Directors of Grantmakers in Aging and the Washington Cyber Roundatable and as a Counselor to the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. He lives with his wife, Kelly, in Leesburg, VA

Peter Falt

Director, Creative Consulting

BMW Group DesignworksUSA

Peter’s overall responsibility at BMW Group DesignworksUSA, a creative consultancy and subsidiary of the BMW Group, is to coordinate unique solutions for DesignworksUSA clients that include brand, design, and development needs. He does this by utilizing the BMW Group’s vast resources to create new business and brand opportunities. In his role as an account and program lead, Peter has been instrumental in creating successful solutions for HP, the US Olympic Bobsled Team, and most recently Hello Products, a new range of seriously friendly oral care products. Peter’s collaboration with hello resulted in distinctive, gorgeous designs that offer a refreshing departure from the unfriendly-looking bottles and goopy tubes that consumers have put up with for too long.

Peter received a BFA from the University of Kansas at Lawrence in Industrial Design with an emphasis on human factors and behavior. As part of the graduate program, corporate sponsored development included a wide range of programs from Lear Jet interiors and luxury goods to eco-friendly practices for organic farming. Peter studied Sustainability practices under Victor Papanek, and has work shown in Victor’s last piece, The Green Imperative.

Prior to joining DesignworksUSA, Peter served as Principal Vice President of GYS inc., where he directed and designed product and brand activities for Motorola, X-Acto, & P&G. In addition, he created a proprietary design evaluation technique for testing market acceptance and consumer perceptions.


Iggy Fanlo

CEO & Co-founder


Iggy has always had a fascination with health and wellness – he even considered going to medical school (and was accepted). But, a change of course landed him in the financial sector where be became Managing Director of both JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley. He followed a 15-year career in the field with a successful 13-year career in Internet media. Iggy Fanlo was CEO of adBrite, transforming the company from a simple fixed price ad network to one of the leading online advertising exchanges. Before then, Iggy held various senior roles at consumer Internet companies, such as that he took public in 2004 and sold to eBay in 2005. He holds a BSE degree in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University. And as he golfs through the kingdom of Northern California, he feels an immense gratitude that his obsession with medicine, health and technology continuously take on meaning at Lively.

Katy Fike



Katy Fike PhD is the co-founder of the Aging2.0 Global Innovation Network and the Aging2.0 GENerator, the first founders program focused on aging and long-term care. Katy is a PhD gerontologist, entrepreneur, innovation consultant, former investment banker, systems engineer and blogger (Tech Savvy Daughter).

Katy is passionate about innovation to support successful aging. She is on the board of the Family Caregiver Alliance, a member of the American Society on Aging’s Technology Council and a featured senior care expert on Katy has been featured in national media including The Huffington Post, Bloomberg TV, TechCrunch and VentureBeat.

Katy earned her B.S. in Systems Engineering from University of Virginia and her PhD in Gerontology from University of Southern California’s Davis School of Gerontology. During graduate school, she was a National Institute on Aging Pre-Doctoral Fellow and a visiting scholar at Georgia Institute of Technology’s Human Factors and Aging Lab. Katy has taught gerontology at the collegiate level and her research has been published in peer- reviewed journals and presented at several national conferences.

Mark Hanson

Product Development Lead, Wellness

Mark Hanson is the product development lead for’s Wellness solution, and a Co-Founder and the Head of Technology and Product at BeClose, a close technology partner of that develops safety and wellness for older or disabled individuals seeking to live independently.  A highly published, recognized expert in the intersection of technology and healthcare, Mark was recently named a top ten entrepreneur of healthcare innovation by MedCity News.  Mark has overseen the product research, development, and design for two startup companies, and he has guided healthcare technology through numerous clinical trials.  He received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia, where he was instrumental to the creation of the Center for Wireless Health.  His research of Parkinson’s and essential tremor, using novel wearable sensors, was covered by Computer magazine, Healthcare IT News, and Medgadget.

Kevin Harrington

Chairman and Founder

As Seen On TV, Inc.

Kevin Harrington, chairman and founder of As Seen On TV, Inc., is widely acknowledged as a pioneer and principal architect of the infomercial industry.

In 1984, Kevin produced one of the industry’s first 30-minute infomercials. Since then, he has been involved with over 500 product launches that resulted in sales of over $4 billion worldwide with 20 products that reached individual sales of over $100 million.

Kevin founded Quantum International, Ltd. in the mid 1980s, which merged into National Media Corporation in 1991. Under his leadership as President, National Media reached $500 million in annual sales, distributing in over 100 countries and 20 languages. This company’s success has been chronicled in a case study at Harvard/MIT for over a decade.

Kevin was also CEO of several other entrepreneurial companies including HSN Direct, a joint venture with Home Shopping Network, in 1994 and Reliant International Media in 1997.

In 2011, Kevin’s company As Seen On TV, Inc. acquired the web property represents a highly trafficked catalog of direct response products with over two million customers, 700,000 email registrants and hundreds of thousands of unique visitors each month.

Due to his extensive resume, Kevin was selected as an investor “Shark” on the ABC television series Shark Tank produced by Mark Burnett. The show gives budding entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their products to a panel of acclaimed judges in hopes of turning their ideas into a successful business reality. He recently released a book entitled “Act Now: How I Turn Ideas into Million-Dollar Products” that chronicles his life and experiences in the DRTV industry.

Jody Holtzman

SVP, Thought Leadership


Jody Holtzman has more than two decades of experience helping companies develop and implement competitive strategies and achieve their strategic market goals. At AARP, he leads the Thought Leadership group, where his focus is to find ways for AARP to stimulate innovation in the market that benefits people over 50. This involves areas such as the future of technology and the 50+, technology design for all, and 50+ entrepreneurship. It also involves developing partnerships with non-traditional players for AARP, such as the venture capital community, and the consumer electronics and technology industries.
Before joining AARP, Jody was in senior leadership roles in several strategy consulting firms. He was a Director of Global Strategy and Planning, and led the Market Intelligence Network of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Before that, he was Vice President of Consulting for FutureBrand, where he helped clients develop and implement competitive brand strategies.
Jody is a frequent speaker on the opportunities and challenges presented by the demographic wave. He has led numerous workshops on competitive strategy and organizational performance, and his work has been published in the Journal of Business Strategy, Competitive Intelligence Magazine, and The Competitive Intelligence Anthology. He has a graduate degree in international political economy from the University of Chicago.

Daniel Hubbell

Technical Evangelist

Microsoft Corp.

Daniel Hubbell is the Technical Evangelist for Microsoft’s Accessibility group. With a career spanning more than 15 years at Microsoft, his current role is focused on increasing the awareness of accessibility with consumers and businesses and regularly speaks at events and conferences on the topics of Accessible Technology. Daniel is currently serving as the President of the Board of the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA).  He has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from San Francisco State University.

David Inns


GreatCall, Inc

David is currently President and CEO of GreatCall Inc. GreatCall provides a wide range of mobile health and safety services to older consumers. Since the launch of the Jitterbug platform in 2006, GreatCall has been innovating in services ranging from mobile access to live registered nurses, medication adherence and wellness coaching to mobile personal emergency response. GreatCall’s services are available on proprietary devices designed for simplicity as well as on iOS and Android platforms. A leader in innovation, GreatCall’s “Jitterbug” was the first mobile service designed for older consumers and “5star Urgent Response” was one of the first mobile PERS solutions in the world.

Before joining GreatCall, David was Vice President, Consumer Markets for Bell Mobility in Canada where he ran the $1.6 billion consumer market P&L. He was also Vice President, Consumer Marketing for Bell Canada where he ran the $4 billion wireline P&L. David was a Partner at DiamondCluster International in the Chicago and San Francisco offices. David holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario. He has an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and is also a licensed member of the Association of Professional Engineers.

Donald Jones

Vice President, Global strategy & Market Development

Qualcomm Life

Don serves as Vice President of Global Strategy and Market Development for Qualcomm Life, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated. He is responsible for Qualcomm’s development of wireless technologies and platforms in the health, fitness and life sciences markets, and is recognized as a leader in the field.

In 2005, he founded and is Chairman of the Wireless Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA), (, which works with both the wireless and health industries to enable new business models, new businesses and clinical process improvements in all sectors, including consumer health, fitness, healthcare services, healthcare IT, pharmaceutical and medical devices. Don is also a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Digital Health.

Jones holds a bachelors’ degree in biology and bio-engineering from the University of California, San Diego, a Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego and an MBA from the University of California, Irvine. Jones holds multiple issued and pending patents in the use of cell phones in incentive reward programs and in asynchronous media communications.

Dr. Jean-Claude Junqua

Vice President


Jean-Claude Junqua is Vice President of Panasonic R&D Company of America and Managing Director of the Panasonic Silicon Valley Laboratory in Cupertino, California. Jean-Claude is an entrepreneur within a large international company who consistently is on the cutting edge of technology with an emphasis on the creation of new business opportunities for consumer electronic and B2B. He is passionate about innovation, creating change to adapt to new market conditions, generating new ideas and bringing them to life through detailed market analysis, strategic planning, strong customer/partner focus, disciplined execution, and measured results. Jean-Claude is an expert in open innovation and how it can accelerate the pace of new business creation. He is the author/co-author of more than 100 articles, 80 patents and 2 books in the area of speech recognition.

Valerie Jurik

Independent Living Strategist


Valerie Jurik is an Aging in Place specialist, entrepreneur and speaker. She brings over 25 years of experience in the care profession to her role at i-SaiSo Inc, developers of mobile and web-based wellbeing services for independent seniors and their families.

Her extensive background in assisting families to make a successful transition to aging in place strategies has put Valerie at the heart of grassroots issues such as the rising care deficit facing our rapidly aging population, how this impacts families and the role technology has to play in bridging this gap without creating new privacy issues or limiting the independence enjoyed by seniors.

A certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) and member of HBA Care Council for Aging in Place, Valerie’s time is spent sharing her expertise on senior wellbeing requirements with a wide range of senior care stakeholders – from individuals and families to the larger care community of professionals, through to home care organizations, government institutions and state programs.

Noland Katter

Business Development Executive

Anybots, Inc.

Noland Katter is the Business Development Executive for Anybots Inc., a virtual precence robotics startup founded by Trevor Blackwell (co-founder of the famous accelerator Y Combinator). His passion for helping others and becoming a self-made pioneering proprietor started at an early age. He left the corporate world of finance in his mid-twenties and immersed himself in technology as the Vice President/Owner of an up and coming subterranean robotic inspection Software Company. His focus on a global clean water initiative became his driving force in enhancing industry standards and for writing publications to expand awareness in technological improvement methodologies needed in order to stop the growing epidemic of our failing infrastructure.  Noland is commonly known for his keen ability to continually recognize opportunity and is often professionally referred to as a forward thinking business avant-gardist that is well respected for his genuine empathetic and inquisitive risk taking nature.  

Gary Kaye

Chief Content Officer

In The Boombox

Gary M Kaye is an award winning journalist who pioneered network broadcast coverage of technology beginning in 1981 at NBC News, shortly after the launch of IBM’s first PC. Since then he has covered technology for outlets including ABC, CNN, and Fox Business.  He is the founder of In The Boombox, a website aimed at technology for Baby Boomers.  He is a regular contributor to AARP’s website and AARP radio, Huffington Post, and half a dozen other sites.  He also writes about technology for aging in place and is currently working on a book on the subject. Kaye holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Cornell University and a Master’s of Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley. He lives in Oxford, Connecticut, where he hopes his three adult children will be able to help him age in place. 

Jeh Kazimi

Founder & CEO


Jeh is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of Breezie – an interface-as-a-service platform that makes it possible for digitally isolated older adults to enjoy the social, commercial and health benefits of being online.

This innovative, UK-based company is pioneering the use of smart analytics to develop personalized, touch screen interfaces for older adults. These smart interfaces can be created and managed by family or care givers remotely and can seamlessly integrate a wide range of aging-in-place technologies and third party health services.

Jeh started this venture based on his personal need to make it simple for his parents to get online – but found most available solutions were severely limiting or downright patronizing.

Jeh did his engineering at MIT-India and is a Sloan fellow from London Business School. He has more than 15 years of entrepreneurial experience and prior to founding Breezie, he worked for many years in early stage venture capital and a wide range of sectors from retail and telecoms to utilities across Asia, Europe and the US.

Ed Keller



From local entrepreneur to global brand leader, Ed Keller has developed one of the largest and most successful hearing healthcare provider networks in the country.

After owning and operating a highly successful hearing healthcare practice for over a decade, Keller created EarQ, a nationwide network of hearing healthcare providers. EarQ offers cutting-edge business consulting strategies and a suite of marketing support services to its members in order to help ensure the overall success of private practices in communities from coast to coast. EarQ currently boasts over 1,400 locations nationwide.

Keller and EarQ constantly develop innovative opportunities for further growth by partnering with notable organizations outside of the industry, such as the NFL Players Association, the National Basketball Retired Players Association and more, with the ultimate goal of empowering the more than 30 million Americans with untreated hearing loss to take control of their hearing health and sparking a global awareness movement.

In January of 2013, Keller founded the HearStrong Foundation to recognize the accomplishments of those who have overcome hearing loss to inspire others to do the same. In its short history, the foundation has garnered high-profile support from some of the biggest names in professional sports for its mission. 

Joanne Lang

Founder & CEO


Joanne Lang is the founder and CEO of AboutOne, an online family organizer. She is a former SAP cloud technology specialist, and the mother of four boys under the age of 9. Since launching first on stage at VentureBeat’s DEMO Spring 2011, Lang was named a Forbes Top Ten Female Entrepreneur to Watch, has raised over $4 million in funding, and was accepted to the Astia portfolio and DreamIT Ventures. Joanne is featured in Microsoft’s documentary, CTRL+ALT+COMPETE , and is syndicated regularly online. Lang is also a frequent panelist, including the NYU 2012 Women Entrepreneurs Festival, the CES MommyTech Summit, Women 2.0 Founder Friday, Penn State’s Igniting Innovation Forum, Women in Tech Summit, and was a mentor at BlogHer Entrepreneurs ’12 and Women 2.0 Conference 2013. 

Jeffrey Makowka

Senior Strategic Advisor


Mr. Makowka has close to fifteen years’ experience in strategic consulting and market research. For more than half of that time, he has been focused on the wants and needs of the 50+, both domestically and internationally. As Senior Strategic Advisor in AARP’s Thought Leadership group, Jeff helped to launch, and now co-manages, the [email protected]+ initiative, which aims to spark entrepreneurial activity across public and private sectors.  Anchored by the AARP social mission – to enhance the quality of life for all as we age – the program enlists the expertise of visionary thinkers, entrepreneurs, the investment community, industry, and not-for-profits to spur innovation to meet the needs and wants of people over 50

Fred Maxik

Founder and CEO

Lighting Science Group

Fred Maxik is one of the world’s foremost experts in Solid State Lighting. He is the founder and Chief Technology Officer of Lighting Science Group, N. America’s largest developer and manufacturer of LED bulbs and lighting systems. He has over 25 years of experience in innovating environmentally friendly technologies. Fred is the principle inventor of more than 100 patents in the US and worldwide and has published several papers on light and its interaction with biological systems. He speaks regularly on the future of light and sustainability at national and international strategy and technology conferences, universities, and the UN. He is co-chair of the Sustainability Group at the Florida Institute of Technology and has been awarded the Champion for Change (White House, U.S.), Congressional Medal of Merit (Congress, U.S.), NASA Group Achievement Award, and the John and Samuel Bard Award in Science and Medicine. His first book, The Meaning of Light, was published in 2011. Associations: IESNA, MRS, ASP.

Steven Mayer



Mr. Mayer has 30 years experience in the computer, television, and electronic enter-tainment industries. Mr. Mayer was the founder, Chief Technology Officer and Chairman of Digital F/X, sup-plier of digital audio and video authoring workstations for the television, film, and multi-media industries.

Prior to Digital F/X he was one of the founders of Atari, the video games and computer company. At Atari Mr. Mayer served as the chief architect for the Atari coin operated games, home game system, and the Atari line of home computers. After Atari was acquired by Warner Communications, Mr. Mayer formed and was President of Warner Communications Lab, the central research facility for all of the Warner divisions.

For the past several years he has also been an advisor to Panasonic, Intel, Nintendo, Apple and other companies concerning business and technical issues. He served on the board and the audits committee of Activision and on the board of SDC, a company that developed the ad-server for Facebook.

In addition to his commercial experience, Mr. Mayer has lectured at Harvard, MIT, UCLA, Columbia and many other institutions. He was also an adjunct professor at NYU. He serves as a technical advisor and is on the education and technology boards of numerous educational and arts organizations.

Mr. Mayer holds over 18 patents in the computer and multimedia area and has won an Emmy for technical achievement in the video industry.

Chris Otto

Vice President of Product Development


Chris A. Otto is a technologist and healthcare IT entrepreneur.  He has fifteen years of technology experience acting as a technology architect and product developer, and is passionate about developing technology solutions that enable seniors to remain healthy, well, and independent. He currently holds the  Vice President of Product Development position for MobileHelp, a safety and wellness company providing solutions for independently living seniors.  At MobileHelp he is responsible for new product development and managing the company roadmap.  Immediately prior to MobileHelp, Chris served as CEO and co-founder of Halo Monitoring, which was acquired by MobileHelp in August, 2012.  Chris has been recognized as a thought leader in the aging in place technology space.  He is author on six issued patents and eight pending patents in the fields of ambulatory health monitoring, telecommunications and wireless networks. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Engineering from University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Dr. Anupam Pathak


Lift Labs

Anupam Pathak is an inventor and entrepreneur at heart. He founded Lift Labs with the intent to apply his technical background to improve the quality of life for people suffering from Essential Tremor or Parkinson’s Disease. Lift Labs is currently launching an active cancellation system that allows people to function despite their illness or disability.

Anupam received his BS and MS from UC Berkeley, and his Ph.D. from the Univ. of Michigan. He studied a diverse range of topics within Mechanical Engineering, including materials, controls systems, thermal science and design.

Outside of work, Anupam loves to teach hands-on science to children. In the past he co-founded a non-profit called Explorabox, whose mission is to provide hands-on science kits to children growing up in economic hardship.

Kian Saneii


Independa, Inc.

Kian Saneii brings more than 25 years of leadership experience to Independa as our CEO. Independa offers senior living organizations an integrated, easy to use technology-enabled independent-living solution, including an option for the world’s first and only TV with embedded enterprise eldercare services.  This is offered through Independa’s strategic partnership with LG Electronics, global leaders in Commercial TVs. Independa’s award winning solutions are redefining independence for the elderly with a unique and compelling blend of proactive technologies, helping organizations and family caregivers extend and enhance the independence of care recipients at their residence of choice. 

Prior to Independa, Saneii was GM of Websense Wireless from 2005-2008. From 2001-2005 Saneii held roles as VP Marketing and VP Business Development at Websense, responsible for all aspects of global marketing, strategy, mergers and acquisitions, OEM sales, and business development through new strategic channels. Before joining Websense, Saneii served as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Marketing and Business Development for IMA, Inc and IPNet Solutions, 1997-2001. From 1985 – 1997, Saneii served in management positions at AT&T Bell Laboratories, DIS Research and FileNet Corporation (acquired by IBM).  Saneii earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with Honors, from New York University, Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, NYU President’s Award; also a Master of Computer Science from Rutgers University.

Dr. Aenor Sawyer

Assoc Director, Center for Digital Health Innovation


As an Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Sawyer combines an interest in innovation with her expertise in Orthopaedics, Physical Therapy, and Exercise Physiology to provide comprehensive musculoskeletal care. As Director of the UCSF Skeletal Health Service she is dedicated to optimizing bone health across the lifespan and prevention of falls and fractures. She is also co-developing a safe early-mobility device (Mobi-us) and monitoring suite.
Dr. Sawyer is a leader in digital health initiatives at UCSF as Associate Director of the UCSF Center for Digital Health Innovation (CDHI) and Associate Director of the Digital Health track in the CTSI Catalyst accelerator. She is Co-founder of Trinity, a HIPAA compliant, web-based collaboration technology for multidisciplinary management (MDM) of complex patients. In addition she participates in Telemedicine development at UCSF and is on the NIH CTSA TSIG Telehealth committee. Dr. Sawyer is an Adviser to Rock Health, UCSF Lean Launch Pad, and MATTER Center for Assistive Technology.
As an ‘Expedition Medic’ for world-record ocean rowers, she employs remote sensing/communication systems to provide medical oversight. Partnering with Archinoetics she co-developed an early wearable body sensor network designed to assess multiple physiologic responses to real life demands.

Carly Shuler



Carly is a co-founder of Kindoma, a start-up that creates digital products that help children connect with their long-distance families. Carly brings over 10 years experience in children’s media and toys, working with leading organizations such as Spin Master and The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop. A recognized thought leader in the industry, she has authored a number of renowned reports, including D is for Digital, the iLearn Series and The ABC’s of Kids & e-Reading. Carly holds an MEd in Technology, Innovation and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a BComm from McGill.

John de Souza

President and CEO


John de Souza is the President and CEO of MedHelp, the largest online health community (, which is powered by Red Urchin (, the leading consumer health engagement platform. Mr. de Souza is a member of the advisory board of GE Healthymagination, and on the board of Dignity Health Foundation and Physicians Interactive. Prior to MedHelp, he was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs, managing the Technology Practice of the Private Equity Group. A serial entrepreneur, Mr. de Souza has founded and successfully sold multiple technology companies. Mr. de Souza also performed research on guidance systems for robotic surgery at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, virtual reality systems for NASA’s Neurolab Space Project, and tools for laparoscopic surgery at the University of Tokyo. He received a BS and an MS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Collège des Ingénieurs in France.

Lisa Suennen

Managing Member

Psilos Group Managers

Lisa Suennen is a co-founder and Managing Member of Psilos Group, a healthcare-focused venture capital firm with over $577 million under management. Ms. Suennen has headed Psilos’ West Coast office since the firm’s founding in 1998 and focuses on the medical device, healthcare information technology and healthcare services sectors. Ms. Suennen also writes a widely read blog on healthcare and healthcare investing at
Ms. Suennen holds an M.A. in political science, a B.A. in political science and a B.A. in mass communications, all from the University of California, Berkeley. Ms. Suennen is also Vice Chair of the National Advisory Council of the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley and teaches the class on Healthcare Venture Capital the U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business. She currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the U.S. Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator Investing in Innovations program and a member of the Qualcomm Life Advisory Board.

Eric Taub


New York Times

Eric Taub has been writing about the intersection of technology and society for over 20 years. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times, having been one of the original writers for the newspaper’s famed Circuits technology section. He currently writes about healthcare, consumer electronics, and automotive technology, among other topics.

He is also a corporate consultant for companies involved in consumer electronics and digital health, having worked for such companies as Apple, IBM, and Panasonic.  Additionally, he is partnered in a new healthcare startup venture.

 Eric is the author of two best-selling business books: one about the Ford Motor Company, and the other chronicling the often-arcane process of making a Hollywood motion picture. His latest work, Does This Plug into That? Simplify Your Electronic Life is a book about technology for people who can’t understand technology. It will be published December 2013.

Halle Tecco


Rock Health

Halle Tecco is the Founder & CEO of Rock Health, the first seed fund devoted exclusively to digital health companies. Tecco recognized the need and potential for startups in the space while working at Apple’s App Store covering the health and medical vertical.   Tecco was named as one of Forbes 30 under 30, “12 Entrepreneurs Reinventing Healthcare” by CNN, one of “15 Women to Watch in Tech” by Inc. Magazine, and was a L’Oreal “Woman of Worth” Honoree. Tecco has written for Harvard Business School Publishing, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and ForbesWoman. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. 

Krijn van der Raadt

Vice President IT & Software Development

GreatCall Inc.

Krijn van der Raadt is the vice president of IT and Software Development at GreatCall Inc., the leader in providing mobile independence and security solutions for aging consumers and their family caregivers. In this role Krijn leads a large team of engineers, as well as the company’s product innovation and strategic planning processes. He was previously the company’s Director of IT Development, leading the Systems Development team in developing the Jitterbug, the 5Star, and a suite of health, safety and medical apps, including Urgent Care, GreatCall Link, MedCoach and 5Star. Prior to joining GreatCall, he worked as a software developer and IT security consultant. He holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. 

David Weigelt

President / CEO

Immersion Active

David Weigelt is President and CEO of Immersion Active, the digital agency for the mature markets. Since it’s inception in 1998, Immersion Active has become the leading authority on marketing to Boomers and seniors online with clients like AARP, Del Webb, and Home Instead Senior Care.

David sees himself as just one part of a very important ecosystem with a very important mission – changing the face of aging. As such, David’s contributions include Silver Tsunami, the leading ebrief on the mature markets; Reach50plus, a multi-disciplinary marketplace for mature market services; the IMMN webinar series; as well as speaking nationally and internationally on the topic of marketing to boomers and seniors.

David is also the co–author of Dot Boom: Marketing to Baby Boomers Through Meaningful Online Engagement, a book praised by executives at Microsoft, PBS and Humana for its innovative mix of “behavioral theory and cutting edge Internet marketing strategy”.

Tony Wells


The ADT Corporation

Tony Wells is Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for The ADT Corporation. He is responsible for promoting and protecting the brand as well as overseeing advertising and corporate communications, pricing, product marketing and consumer marketing.

Prior to joining ADT, Tony was Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for 24 Hour Fitness, where he led brand management, marketing communications, public relations, sponsorships, member services and retail products/services. His experience in different disciplines of the marketing mix helped build his reputation as a progressive thinker and agile marketer in a quickly changing, highly competitive and increasingly digital world. Tony believes that at great companies, customer centricity and business success can co-exist, and he sees both as key to the company’s future success.

Tony served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1986 to 1991, graduating from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Science and a management certificate from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.