A selected group of experts will judge the entry submissions. Final panel to be announced.

For Round I, judges will evaluate all qualified submissions for a possible maximum score of 100 points, based upon the following criteria: Independence (up to 30 points), integration (up to 20 points), implementation (up to 20 points), inspiration (up to 20 points), and progression (up to 10 points).

For Round II, judges will evaluate the final Round’s qualified submissions for a possible maximum score of 150 total points based upon the following criteria: Independence (up to 30 points), integration (up to 20 points), implementation (up to 20 points), inspiration (up to 10 points), progression (up to 10 points), prototype functionality (20 points) and validation (up to 30 points).

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The TechSAge 2017 Design Competition jury included:

Gretchen Addi is an Associate Partner and Portfolio Lead in the Bay Area for IDEO. She is currently co-leading The Powerful Now, a collaborative platform by IDEO, SYPartners and kyu to unlock the creativity required to reimagine how we conceive of, design for, and experience aging around the world. It is a call to action for making aging a force for social and economic growth. Since joining IDEO in 2000, Gretchen has participated in a diverse range of projects as a design researcher and project leader as well as various leadership roles in the San Francisco location. She brings a strong strategic point of view to all of her work, both from a brand and service perspective. Prior to IDEO, she worked in architecture and interior design globally for over 25 years.


Fabiola is a Swedish Austin-based interaction designer at frog design. With an extensive background in healthcare product and service design, she has worked with various global clients such as Pfizer as part of the Design Collaborative, designing new health and wellness solutions for consumers in the areas of improved sleep, stress management, energy, aging and nutrition. A caregiver and designer for the aging population in her own right, Fabiola has an MFA in design and technology from Parsons The New School for Design, where her thesis focused on design for disability. A passion for understanding human behavior lead her to pursue a BA in creative advertising strategy at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, which has greatly shaped her research focused work, always considering the cultural and contextual aspects of user centered-design.


Kate Finn has worked on user interfaces and usability since 1983. After obtaining her Ph.D. in Computational Linguistics from Georgetown University, she conducted research on natural language understanding systems and automated speech recognition. She was at SRI International for 6 years, where she created prototypes of graphical user interfaces for sophisticated intelligence systems. Later, while working in multimedia and collaborative workstations, she co-edited the book, Video-Mediated Communication (1997). Since then, Kate has worked as an independent usability consultant, primarily on websites. She obtained a Certificate in Gerontology to better understand the unique capabilities and needs of older users. Currently Kate is co-founder and CEO of Wiser Usability. She also blogs about design, aging, and technology at kate-finn.com.

Andreas Forsland, CEO & Founder Smartstones, Inc. is the third company that Andreas Forsland has founded. As a recognized leader in brand and experience design strategy, he focuses on creating disruptive products & services through design thinking and empathy driven innovation. Prior to founding Smartstones, Andreas established and managed the brand strategy and brand experience functions at Citrix, helping to grow the SaaS portfolio from $200M to over $500M and become a leading brand in collaboration. Prior to Citrix, Andreas served as a design leader across 3 continents at Philips Design of Philips Electronics as well as working in several world class design firms partnering with Porsche, Trek bikes, ING, United Nations, and Coca-Cola. His experience ranges from B2C, B2B, Prosumer, Lifestyle and Technology.

Mark is the Director of Design at Ximedica, one of the world’s largest design and development consultancies focused exclusively in healthcare. At Ximedica, Mark leads a talented and diverse group of designers through a human-centered approach, and works with clients to design innovative medical products, services and systems. In addition to his role at Ximedica, Mark is also Adjunct Industrial Design Faculty at both the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt). Mark received a Master’s in Design Management from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and a BFA in Industrial Design from RISD.

Sara Hendren is an artist, design researcher, and professor based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She makes material art and design works, writes, and lectures on adaptive and assistive technologies, prosthetics, inclusive design, accessible architecture, and related ideas. Her work has been exhibited in the US and abroad and is held in the permanent collection at MOMA (NYC), and her writing and design work have appeared in the Boston Globe, The Atlantic Tech, FastCo Design, and on National Public Radio (US), among others. She teaches socially-engaged design practices, adaptive and assistive technology design, and disability studies for engineers-in-training in her role as assistant professor at Olin College. She writes and edits Abler.

Richard Henneman is the Director of the Master’s Program in Human-Computer Interaction (MS-HCI) at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Professor of the Practice in the School of Interactive Computing. Dr. Henneman joined Georgia Tech with extensive corporate experience in design management, user interface design, and user research at NCR (director of user-centered design and director of corporate usability), IBM/Internet Security Systems (chief information architect and manager of usability and user experience), marchFIRST (director of information architecture), and AT&T (principal – user experience research). He has also worked as an independent consultant and at Georgia Tech in research, administration, and management of an interdisciplinary MS degree program. Dr. Henneman earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Industrial Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech.

Jeff Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of San Francisco.  He is also a principal at Wiser Usability, a consultancy focused on elder usability.  After earning B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale and Stanford Universities, he worked as a UI designer, implementer, manager, usability tester, and researcher at Cromemco, Xerox, US West, Hewlett-Packard, and Sun.  He has taught at Stanford, Mills, and the University of Canterbury.  He is a member of the ACM SIGCHI Academy and a recipient of SIGCHI’s Lifetime Achievement in Practice Award.  He has authored articles on a variety of topics in HCI, as well as the books GUI Bloopers (1st and 2nd eds.), Web Bloopers, Designing with the Mind in Mind (1st and 2nd eds.), Conceptual Models: Core to Good Design (with Austin Henderson), and Designing User Interfaces for an Aging Population (with Kate Finn).

Michael Lye is an Industrial Designer and educator teaching advanced studios and seminars at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He is currently Senior Critic and NASA Coordinator, and specializes in human centered design with an emphasis on design research and analysis. He has extensive experience teaching interdisciplinary, partnered studios. Some partners include: NASA, Sikorsky Aircraft, Intel, and Maytag. Since 2004 he has overseen Design for Extreme Environments, an advanced design studio in collaboration with NASA, where RISD students work with engineers and designers from Johnson Space Center to develop innovative concepts for future spacecraft and habitats. He was a designer and project manager for the Universal Kitchen Project, an award winning re-examination of the home kitchen environment. Along with his degree in Industrial Design, he also studied physics at The Johns Hopkins University. He has lectured internationally on design for elders and currently holds nine patents in his name.

Caitrin Lynch, Ph.D., is Professor of Anthropology at Olin and a Visiting Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at Brandeis University. At Olin she chairs and teaches in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences program. She is the secretary of the American Ethnological Society (of the American Anthropological Association) and past treasurer of the American Institute of Sri Lankan Studies. She is the author of two books: Retirement on the Line: Age, Work, and Value in An American Factory, and Juki Girls, Good Girls: Gender and Cultural Politics in Sri Lanka’s Global Garment Industry. She also edited, with Jason Danely, the collection of essays entitled Transitions and Transformations: Cultural Perspectives on Aging and the Life Course. Lynch is also producer of the documentary film, “My Name is Julius,” about a 100-year-old man’s quest for community and meaning (www.juliusfilm.com). Dr. Lynch received her Ph.D. and M.A. in cultural anthropology from the University of Chicago and her B.A. in anthropology from Bates College. Dr. Lynch’s research and teaching passions include examining the dynamics of work and cultural values (with a focus on aging and gender) as well as the cultural dimensions of offshore manufacturing, plus a commitment to understanding social behavior in global contexts and a devotion to encouraging students to use qualitative methods to think critically about the world around them. She especially strives to expose engineering students to critical analysis and identification of the needs and opportunities in our aging world. One outlet for these efforts is in her interdisciplinary service-learning course “Engineering For Humanity: Helping Elders Age in Place through Partnerships for Healthy Living.”

Michael L. Littman joined Brown University’s Computer Science Department after ten years (including 3 as chair) at Rutgers University. His research in machine learning examines algorithms for decision making under uncertainty. Littman has earned multiple awards for teaching and his research has been recognized with three best-paper awards on the topics of meta-learning for computer crossword solving, complexity analysis of planning under uncertainty, and algorithms for efficient reinforcement learning. He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Machine Learning Research and the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research. In 2013, he was general chair of the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) and program co-chair of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Conference and he served as program co-chair of ICML 2009. He is co-director of Brown’s Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative and co-instructor of a robotic design class focused on aging in place.

Elizabeth (Beth) D. Mynatt is the executive director of the Institute for People and Technology, and Professor in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research program Everyday Computing examines the human-computer interface implications of having computation continuously present in many aspects of everyday life. Her research contributes to ongoing work in personal health informatics, computer-supported collaborative work and human-computer interface design. Mynatt has created new technologies that support the independence and quality of life of older adults “aging in place,” that help people manage diabetes, and that increase creative collaboration in workplaces.

Liz Sanders joined the Design Department at The Ohio State University (OSU) as an Associate Professor in 2011 after having worked as a design research consultant in industry since 1981. At OSU she invites students to use co-designing to address the significant social, economic and environmental challenges we face today. Liz’s academic research focuses on co-design processes for innovation, intervention, and transdisciplinary collaboration. Liz is also the founder of MakeTools, LLC where she explores new spaces in the emerging design landscapes. As a practitioner, Liz introduced many of the methods being used today to drive design from a human-centered perspective. She has practiced participatory design research within and between all the design disciplines. Liz has a Ph.D. in Experimental and Quantitative Psychology and a B.A. in both Psychology and Anthropology.

Jason Zamer is a co-founder of SimpleC, LLC and serves as its Vice President of Business Development. The SimpleC Companion is a clinically validated tool that utilizes memories that are resistant to aging to both improve well-being and independence for an elder and reduce day-to-day demands on care partners.  Mr. Zamer was responsible for all initial user product development and field testing for the SimpleC Companion. Through years of product design and field testing, he has developed significant experience and insights into senior computing and older adults cognitive matters. Mr. Zamer received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

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