On this week’s episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Rabbi Address speaks with Keren Etkin, founder of AgeLabIL and TheGerontechnologist.com, and author of the book, The AgeTech Revolution: A Book about the Intersection of Aging and Technology (affiliate link).
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About the Guest
My name is Keren Etkin, I am the founder of TheGerontechnologist and the author of The AgeTech Revolution – a book about the intersection of tech and aging. I’m a Gerontologist by training and a tech enthusiast by nature.
I’ve been working with older adults for almost a decade, started my career working in the nonprofit sector, and transitioned into tech when I was recruited to Intuition Robotics as the first employee and the company’s gerontologist. IR is the startup behind ElliQ, the world’s first social robot designed with and for older adults. I was fortunate to be in a position that allowed me to research how older adults use technology, what they want to get out of it, and later, work on implementing those learnings in ElliQ.
During my time at IR, I realized there were many wonderful startups developing awesome products for older adults, so I created this website.
I like to think of myself as an “age tech evangelist”, shouting from the virtual rooftops how amazing this ecosystem is, how big the opportunity of the longevity economy is for entrepreneurs and investors, and telling anyone who’s willing to listen that we must include our elders in the design and development of technology.
Currently, I’m the founder/director of AgeLabIL – an interdisciplinary R&D center at Shenkar college for design, engineering and art. I advise early stage age tech startups and elder care organizations looking to bring innovation into their organizations, I run the AgeTech Academy and give keynotes about age tech. My work has been featured on publications such as the American Society on Aging’s Generations Today journal and Next Avenue.
Previously, I co-founded Sensi.Ai, which developed the first and only AI-based solution for remote care monitoring in the long term care industry.
In my spare time, I volunteer in the “Furry Friends for the Elderly” project and enjoy taking my dog to the beach.