NIC Conference Ramps up Focus on Technology

The NIC Fall Conference (known by many as “The NIC”) has a reputation for bringing seniors housing executives together for exceptional networking, deal-making, and educational sessions. This year is no different. But there’s also some exciting programming planned that promises to motivate, inspire, and inform those who are seeking to innovate the industry through technology and understand how it fits into the sector.


The NIC Fall Conference, in Chicago (October 17-19, 2018), features a wealth of presentations on technology, with the aim of helping the sector to improve quality of care, resolve workforce shortages and reduce costs. NIC has put together a program of speakers reflective of the belief that tech--such as artificial intelligence, voice, sensors, integrated homes, and robotics--should be taken very seriously by the sector’s decision makers.


Complementing a keynote address delivered by former Director of the National Economic Council and the former President and COO of Goldman Sachs, Gary Cohn, global tech entrepreneur and futurist Vivek Wadhwa will address the conference on the impact that emerging technologies will have on the sector in the near future. Will robots disrupt seniors housing and care? How about artificial intelligence or the next generation of smartphone healthcare apps?


In addition to a full schedule of educational sessions, the event will feature 8 TED-style “NIC Talks” presentations, several of which will feature thought leaders that include:

  • Yoky Matsuoka, Chief Technology Officer of Nest, and a thought leader in smart technology, shares what the integrated home of the near-future will look and feel like. She’ll talk about the challenges of building technology that seamlessly blends into people’s lives, and how ongoing research into usage helps her company continue to provide products that improve aging in place.
  • Best-selling author and tech advisor, Chetan Sharma, shares his insights into how 5G, embedded sensors, AI, Robotics, and other components of what he has termed the Connected Intelligence ecosystem is likely to lower costs, improve care and drive consumer demand.
  • Bret Kinsella, founder, editor and research director of, which has become the central source of voice industry data, research reports and expert commentary, is uniquely well-qualified to understand this new technology – and where it is headed. He will share his insights on the rise of voice in our culture and discuss how emerging devices and use cases will impact all of us, with a special focus on elder lifestyles.


As part of an effort to connect innovative aging-focused entrepreneurs with leaders in seniors housing and care, NIC is offering Aging2.0 startups an exclusive discount.

Enter code: AGEF18+1 when registering for the event to save $900 off the registration fee.