Impacting Aging Well with Smart Homes & Smart Home Assistants

Kansas City
Tue, Sep 25, 2018, 6:00 PM (CDT)

Kansas City

Join the Aging2.0 Kansas City chapter and KC Digital Drive for “Impacting Aging Well with Smart Homes & Smart Home Assistants” event on Tuesday, September 25th at 6:00 pm at the Sprint Accelerator (210 W 19th Terrace Kansas City).

Whether we or our loved ones decide to age-in-place or live in a senior living community we all desire to live long, healthy and purposeful lives. Smart home and smart home assistant technology address opportunities and challenges with aging and hold great promise for the future of aging.

Kicking off our agenda will be presentations from three leading innovators in smart home and smart home assistant technology that enables aging well both in senior living communities and at home.

Tim Whelehan, Director Growth, K4Connect

K4Connect is a mission-centered technology company creating connected-life solutions that serve and empower older adults and individuals living with disabilities. K4Connect’s products encourage simpler, healthier and happier lives by integrating the latest technologies, enabling more independent and healthier lives, while fostering increased social connection. The Company’s first product, K4Community, is specifically designed for the residents, staff and operators of senior living communities and currently serves thousands across the U.S.

Rob Howdeshell, Director of Sales - US, Sofihub
Sofihub is a digital assisted living solution using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and sensor technology to support seniors to live independently. Sofihub observes and learns normal behavior in their home, Sofihub can then identify abnormal behavior and raise alerts. Sofihub is also a personal home assistant delivering greetings, medication reminders and hydration alerts. Sofihub was developed in partnership with Deakin University Software and Technology Innovation Laboratories in Melbourne, AU.

  • Learn the problems that our seniors face living alone
  • Hear the story about how Sofihub came to be
  • Discover how Sofihub addresses these challenges
  • Learn what future plans are in store for Sofihub that will impact the senior market

Joe Colistra, Architect / Professor, KU School of Architecture and Design
Joe is leading research being conducted in conjunction with the KU Medical Center to identify health markers collected by sensors in smart home designs. Sensors embedded in apartments can identify a number of health issues such as falls, limp, dehydration, diabetes, dysfunction in reflexes, stroke, heart attack, and perhaps even Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The Smart Floor system they are developing allows not only for remote monitoring of seniors but uses predictive analytics to identify patterns that would allow residents and caregivers better understand the barriers to healthy living in later years.

An in-depth panel discussion will follow the presentations 

Moderator: Mark Logan, Founder, idealect
idealect is a social innovation design firm based in Kansas City. idealect uses human-centered design methods to help clients in the private, non-profit and civic sectors achieve social impact through innovation.


James Stowe, Director Department of Aging and Adult Services, Mid-America Regional Council
MARC is a nonprofit association of city and county governments and the metropolitan planning organization for the bistate Kansas City region. Governed by a Board of Directors made up of local elected officials, we serve nine counties and 119 cities. We provide a forum for the region to work together to advance social, economic and environmental progress.

Ryan Fischer, VP of Business Development, Tutera Senior Living & Health Care
Tutera is one of the nation's premier providers of senior care including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation, memory care, and home health and hospice.

Tim Whelehan, K4Connect
Rob Howdeshell, Sofihub
Joe Colistra, KU School of Architecture and Design

Entry is free; however, registration is required via ordering a free ticket.

Keynote Speakers

  • Tim Whelehan

    Tim Whelehan


    Director, Growth

    See Bio
  • Rob Howdeshell

    Rob Howdeshell


    Director of Sales - US

    See Bio
  • Joe Colistra

    Joe Colistra

    KU School of Architecture and Design

    Architect / Professor

    See Bio


  • James Stowe

    James Stowe

    Mid-America Regional Council

    Director, Department of Aging and Adult Services

    See Bio
  • Ryan Fischer

    Ryan Fischer

    Tutera Senior Living & Health Care

    VP of Business Development


  • Mark Logan

    Mark Logan




Tuesday, Sep 25
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (CDT)


Sprint Accelerator
210 W 19th Terrace Kansas City64108


  • Mark Johnston

    Mark Johnston

    Aging2.0 Kansas City Chapter


  • John Fitzpatrick

    John Fitzpatrick

    KC Digital Drive

    Consultant and Community Health Strategist

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