Tech to support an ageing population - stepping into the future

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 18:00
Tech For Good

By 2050, one in five people will be 60 or older.

According to data from the World Population Prospects: the 2017 Revision, the number of older people (60+) is expected to grow from 962 million globally in 2017 to 2.1 billion in 2050.

With a rapidly ageing population and technology becoming an essential part of our lives, there are some fascinating examples of technology used to tackle loneliness, enable social contact and participation amongst older people and many more. But many need ongoing support to navigate the often new technology landscape, especially when technology is not designed for older people.

1st of October marks the International Day of Older Persons themed “stepping into the future” and celebrated across the world. We want to use the opportunity to bring you a meetup that looks at emerging technologies that support an ageing population, and indeed step into the future to see what’s in store for us all.

This month’s Tech for Good meetup is hosted at the Health Foundry venue, a collaborative workspace and community for digital health.

Our excellent speakers will include:

Umesh (uMe) Pandya - Co-founder of Wayfindr
Wayfindr is an award-winning, social tech, not-for-profit that empowers vision impaired people to navigate the world independently. Umesh will share the story behind Wayfindr and how they designed and validated the worlds first open standard for audio navigation to help blind and vision-impaired people to navigate the world independently.

Tom Casson - Co-founder and Chief Product Officer of How Do I?
How Do I? is the app that makes places more accessible to a wider range of people. How Do I? uses tap to launch video to teach a new skill or remind someone how to do a task. They are currently finalists in the Essex Challenge Dementia Prize and semi finalists in the AAL Active Ageing programme.

Phoebe Innes-Wilson - London Aging2.0 community lead
Aging2.0 supports innovators taking on the biggest challenges and opportunities in ageing. Aging2.0 is international, interdisciplinary and intergenerational - focused on changing the conversation from 1.0 (focused on local, clinical, siloed approaches) to 2.0 (collaborative, lifestyle-oriented, opportunity-driven.)

David Lethbridge & Adam Vaughan - Founders of Unforgettable
Unforgettable is the world’s leading marketplace for those affected by dementia. It brings together products, services, practical advice and a supportive community to improve the lives of those living with dementia and their caregivers.

Simon Tucker, Innovation Lead, and Neil Gunn, Head of Digital, Independent Age. Independent Age is a national older people’s charity that supports older people to remain independent and enjoy a fulfilling life. It provides national information and advice, local volunteer delivered friendship services and evidence-based policy influencing and campaigns. Is it currently going through a period of dynamic growth investing in innovation and new approaches.

We’ll be doing the usual round-up of community announcements at the end, so if you’re working on a tech for good project in this area, or you have other tech for good news to share, get in touch with us at

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We look forward to seeing you there!

Health Foundry

Main Space, Canterbury House, 1 Royal Street, SE1 7LL