Friday, September 24, 2010

Emerging Technologies for the Silver Tsunami estimated at a $20B industry in 2020

A crowd of nearly 100 people joined MassTLC yesterday at UKTI in Cambridge for a lively discussion on "Emerging Technologies for the Silver Tsunami: Aging in Place through the use of Integrated Technology". The day started with a keynote from Laurie Orlov, author of the blog Aging in Place Technology watch. To provide context for the event she offered the following:

- 39 million Americans are age 65+ (senior)
- The fastest growing age segment is the 85+ population
- 10 million seniors live alone
- 25% of families care for someone outside the home*
- Informal caregiving costs are estimated at $60 billion

Laurie outlined seniors wants and needs and also the four "aging in place" technology categories: communication and engagement, health and wellness, learning and contribution and, safety and security.

Laurie was then joined by Andrea Cohen, the CEO of Houseworks, the largest private-pay home care company in New England, and Judy Willet, Executive Director of Beacon Hill Village, an innovative nonprofit organization that helps local residents grow old in familiar surroundings. They both provided an excellent overview of the current market. Judy urged the audience to remember that the market is diverse and it is not a one solution fits all.

Mike Dempsey, Entrepreneur in Residence at MGH and CIMIT, moderated the 2nd panel comprised of representatives from four technology companies. Three start-ups; AdhereTX, BeClose and ElderSync were joined by industry veteran, Philips, who offered their solutions for "aging in place". An interactive discussion with the audience followed including questions from Eran Shavlesky, CEO of MedMinder, Danny Sands, Sr. medical informatics director at Cisco and Serge Kogan, CEO of MassChallenge finalist, g2gConnect.

All presentation can be found here on slideshare.

We look forward to connecting again with the group at the upcoming RoboHealth event preceding The Connected Health Symposium in Boston.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Hundreds Turn Out For MassTLC Awards Finalist Announcement

Several hundred technology leaders and award nominees turned out for the announcement of finalists in MassTLC's 13th Annual Mass Technology Leadership Awards program. Finalists were announced in individual and company categories. New this year for our Product/Service of the Year Category, the Council named 15 finalists who will be featured on the Council website and then will have an opportunity to display, demo, and interact with attendees during the reception at the November 3rd Awards Gala. The audience will select three who will present on stage at the Gala. The final winner will then be selected by audience vote.

Finalists in Individual categories include:

CEO of the Year - Privately Held
- Matthew Moynahan, Veracode
- Tim Yeaton, Black Duck Software
- Brian Halligan, Hubspot
- Chris Randles, SpaceClaim
- Christina Lampe-Onnerud, Boston Power

CEO of the Year - Publicly Traded
- Michael Simon, LogMeIn, Inc.
- Tim Healy, EnerNOC
- Andy Ory, Acme Packet
- Paul Sagan, Akamai
- Jim Baum, Netezza

CIO of the Year
- William Fandrich, Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Jay Leader, iRobot
- Dan Sheehan, Dunkin Brands
- Robert Ramrath, Bose

Emerging Executive of the Year
- Susan Roberts, Oracle
- Swami Kumaresan, Carbonite
- Robert Connors, Raytheon
- Larry Streeter, Constant Contact
- Marc Cremer, Tatara Systems

Finalists in Company Categories include:

Company of the Year - Privately Held
- Acronis
- Carbonite
- CloudSwitch
- Gazelle
- Litle &Co.
- uTest

Company of the Year - Publicly Traded
- Acme Packet
- Constant Contact
- Pegasystems, Inc.
- Netezza
- American Tower

Deal of the Year
- A123 Systems
- Cisco Systems
- EMC Corporation
- Incentive Targeting, Inc.
- Boston Power

Finalists who will demo and be voted upon by the audience at the November 3rd Gala include:

Product of the Year
- Aurora Flight Sciences "Skate" small unmanned aircraft system
- Blueleaf Investment information management and planning software
- Carbonite Pro online backup service for small businesses
- CloudSwitch Software appliance for enterprises to move to the cloud
- Digital Lumens Intelligent Lighting System
- Double-Take Software For their Double -Take Cloud
- Harmonix Music Systems Their 2009 release of The Beatles: Rock Band
- Brass Monkey extending input capabilities on mobile devices
- ITA Software's Needle platform for acquiring, integrating, cleansing, analyzing and publishing data on the web
- LogMeIn Ignition for iPad, remote access and control of PCs and Macs
- Mass Challenge For their $1M global startup competition and accelerator program
- Nuance Communications For their Dragon Dictation Mobile Application
- QD Vision For their Quantum Light optic for LED lighting companies
- Vlingo Everywhere, extending Vlingo's mobile voice features smartphones
- Volicon Observer Content Matching Technology for digital video monitoring and logging

The Council received well over 200 quality submissions during the open nomination process. A committee of Council Trustees, local thought leaders and media were involved with the selection process that narrowed the slate to those announced last night. The pool of finalists will be further narrowed over the coming weeks and the winners announced on Wednesday, November 3rd, at a Gala Awards Banquet at the Seaport Hotel in Boston.

Join us for the announcement of the winners at the November 3rd Awards Gala at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. Details online.

Early Bird Pricing Available through Friday, September 24th.

The original press release may be found here.

Awards Program Sponsors: Microsoft, Nokia, Oracle, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ropes & Gray, Silicon Valley Bank, Fidelity, Raytheon

For more information, visit

Thursday, September 9, 2010

John Donovan and Mobile Panel Talk Trends

MassTLC was honored to host John Donovan, AT&T's CTO, and connect him with the regions' most innovative technology leaders, investors and entrepreneurs. Over two days our members were provided a unique chance to hear first hand from the world's largest carrier market trends and expectations. Eight companies had the good fortune to pitch their solution directly to AT&T's team for feedback and a potential for future partnership.

As shown by John Donovan, CTO, AT&T

The main event of Donovan's visit was a keynote presentation focused on four trends shaping the market - video (from talk to me... to show me), mobilization (shortens distance from intent to action), software (common language drive integration) and the cloud (shift to shared infrastructure). With each crucial sector he shared trends, innovations and solutions.

Building on his messages immediately after was a lively panel entitled the The Future of Mobile, moderated by Carl Stjernfeldt, General Partner, Castile Ventures with panelists Hassan Ahmed, Chairman and CEO, Affirmed Networks; Anthony Kinney, Enterprise Mobile Strategist, Microsoft and Dave Grannan, President & CEO, Vlingo and Donovan.

Each agreed that given all the promise of mobile, there were many opportunities for emerging companies to solve the problems of industry's giants - and reminded participants that cracking "10x problems" will draw more attention from decision-makers than "2x problems." Kinney also reminded attendees that solving the mobile challenges will take a variety of approaches - including Microsoft's new mobile development platform.

Our thanks to Nokia for sponsoring, Microsoft for hosting and NEVCA for partnering with MassTLC on these events. Special thanks to Steve Krom, AT&T's VP and GM of New England, for engaging John Donovan in our region.