Hey kids- sorry to go dark on you there-I took a little hiatus, the summer slow season and all, and have been preoccupied with some other things… It’s funny, I’ve been in the office the most consecutive days in a very long time, and oddly, I think I’m fairly caught up (shocker)-
I won’t even try to go back to June and remember what happened, but I know there was something in NYC and then something else in Chicago, or something, I think Stephen from Aging2 was going to summarize those events…(ahem)
It’s been a busy august, with internal planning for 2013 and contract work to lay out our activities for the fall-
For those in the area, I’ll be in SF Monday and sadly only part of Tuesday for Rock Health’s Health Innovation Summit-
I’ve always enjoyed Rock Health’s events and have heard particularly good things about this one-I’m very much looking forward to it.
I’ve very very very excited for our own AARP Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch event, taking place in conjunction with AARP’s annual Member Event and Expo “Life@50+”-in New Orleans on 9/21. I probably could have promoted the ‘call for applications’ a bit harder here, but through some incredible support from all the big players in the emerging consumer directed/oriented health tech industry, we had tremendous response (in my opinion)- and now with some other prelim judges the task of winnowing down all the applicants to the magic 8 begins. We’ve already had some very interesting and influentual people sign up to attend, so even if you didn’t have a chance to apply, and/or don’t make the cut (sorry-there can be only 1..err 8), I encourage you to come on down, hotel/airfare is actually rather reasonable (cough, hurricane season, cough) and to sweeten the deal use the promo code “JEFF50” and get half off the registration for the event.
What makes this pitch day different, in my opinion, is that we are bringing in 50-100 AARP members to vote on 2 minute speed pitches from the companies, after the fancy pants VC’s judge them on their investment pitches. I am really looking forward to the juxtaposition of the two groups. As I said some great investors have already said they’re coming, so the networking for companies should be pretty good. and yes-like all good conferences, it ends with a reception, you think we wouldn’t booze you up before unleashing you on bourbon street?
I’m also managing, (but not speaking on-so you can relax) two panels for the Life@50+ program on Saturday the 22nd. They’ll be pretty cool too.
2 weeks or so later, (Oct 1-4) we’ll be back at DEMO to support 2 new companies that focus on or are owned by someone over 50, through our Innovation@50+ scholarship program. DEMO is always a great event- top notch production quality and they’re shacking some things up, so we’re really looking forward to a great event. I should have a friends and family discount soon-, so keep checking or watching on twitter.
Sadly DEMO takes place at the same time as SOCAP and Intel’s Global Investment Conference (i was able to hit all 3 last fall…sigh) safe to say there is a lot going on.
-AARP is proud to sponsor Health 2.0’s main fall event on Oct 7th-10th, which as many of you know is something ofthe conference for new consumer health tech. Watch out for us on the Wifi towers. Sadly, I won’t be attending but look up Jody Holtzman and many others from AARP to chat.
-CEA Industry Forum: Oct 14-17, Now if it were a different year, I think with this conference I would hit platinum, but again, I won’t be attending. The program looks great (as usual) and who doesn’t like SF in October?
-We go a bit quiet after that (at least so far) but be looking for an announcement about mHealth summit in December, and as always, CES looms round the corner (did you get your room yet?)
Let’s see if i actually report out on any of these conferences this time…!