The State-of-the-Art of Voice Technology and How to Leverage it for Older Adults

Wed, May 8, 2019, 5:30 PM (EDT)


Over 50% of consumers in the developed world use voice assistants in their everyday life, from calling home from their car, to searching the internet, bringing up their favorite music and ordering products and services. Voice First and AI platforms are poised to transform the way we carry out everyday tasks, interact with loved ones and access what we want or need. For older adults, these low-tech, low-cost technologies not only improve their lives, but allow them to stay independent.

Join us to learn how companies that create products geared to the 50+ demographic have integrated voice into their designs. Our speakers have deep experience in voice technology as well as first-hand knowledge of what works—and doesn’t-- how to incorporate voice into a product and design experiences to match the unique needs of older users. Janet Baker from M.I.T.’s Media Lab and Co-founder of Dragon Systems will kick off the conversation with an overview of voice technology.

Welcome Remarks by Robin Lipson, Chief of Staff for the Executive Office of Elder Affairs

Overview of Voice Technology Today by Janet Baker of the MIT Media Lab & Co-founder of

         Dragon Systems


 James Wyman, Co-founder and COO of Pillo Health

Nate Treloar, President & COO of Orbita

Stuart Patterson, CEO of LifePod

Kendra Seavey, Clinical Administrative Director, Care.Coach

Moderated by Sally Abrahms, National Writer and Expert on 50+ Issues

Transportation & Parking

Please note that the event is located in CIC's 245 Main Street Building

Garage Parking Options: 

One Broadway Garage (Near the CIC at 245 Main Street), One Broadway via Third Street ($12 after 5pm)
Kendall Square South Garage (2-minute walk to CIC), 350 Kendall Street ($10 after 4pm)
Kendall Center Blue Garage (5-10 minute walk to CIC), 290 Binney Street (no special evening rates)


Red Line - Kendall/MIT stop (2-minute walk to CIC)


Wednesday, May 8
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)


AGENCY - Third Floor
245 Main Street (Not to be confused with other CIC locations) Cambridge02142

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