Robin Raskin

Robin Raskin

Robin Raskin has spent the past 30 years exploring what it means to be living in digital times. An author, editor, magazine publisher, blogger, TV and radio personality, and consultant, Raskin says she’s never met a media she doesn’t like and is happiest when she’s promoting how kids, seniors and women interact with technology.

In 2007, Raskin became the co-founder of The Sandbox Summit : A Playdate with Technology, an event created in partnership with the Consumer Electronics Association (CES). That show has grown to encompass six different technology conferences and showcases (and two awards shows) (http://livingindigtaltimes.com), that all take place at the January CES in Las Vegas.

Raskin is the former editor of PC Magazine and Editor in Chief of FamilyPC and one of the founder columnists at Yahoo!Tech. She’s been a columnist for USA Today Online and has authored 6 books about parenting in the digital age. Her latest book is The Parents’ Guide to College Life. (Random House 2006).

Raskin lives in NYC and the Hudson Valley, with her husband, her three drop in now and then children, and closets full of obsolete technology.

Linda Nessim-Rubin

Linda Nessim-Rubin

Linda Nessim-Rubin is Managing Partner of Living in Digital Times, which focuses on lifestyle shows and events. Together with Robin Raskin, she has created some of the most popular and fast growing events at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Linda is also the Founder of Design Concept, a production company hosting corporate events, tradeshows and summits. Prior to Living in Digital Times and Design Concepts Linda completed an 18-year stint as Executive Vice President of Communications and Branding for The Princeton Review, a leading provider of education services and products, with more than 200 publications and 150,000 students worldwide. In her role, Linda was responsible for overseeing all public relations, market research, marketing communication efforts and Human Resources for the company. With over 25 years of professional experience in the marketing of cutting-edge educational products, Linda has been quoted in publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Business Week.

Jill GilbertJill Gilbert

Entrepreneur Jill Gilbert has spent her multifaceted career – from product and e-commerce strategist to publisher to producer of breakthrough technology trade shows and popular Hollywood films – sharing people-focused stories, information, trends, and insights with a wide variety of audiences. She is co-producer of the Digital Health Summit, the annual adjunct to the Consumer Electronics Show that showcases new technologies that are revolutionizing the practice and business of medicine.

Previously, she was Vice President of E-Commerce at Caring.com, where she headed up the company’s e-commerce channel and was responsible for industry relations. Prior to Caring.com, Jill was a co-founder and CEO of Gilbert Guide, a company that paired practical, expert advice and information with the first comprehensive national directory covering the entire continuum of senior care. Before founding Gilbert Guide, Jill served as Vice President of Production and Development at Love Spell Entertainment and Columbia Pictures.

Additionally, she worked on motion picture productions at Disney and MGM, including Mulholland Falls, Sister Act (I and II) and What’s Love Got to Do with It. Jill is a talented speaker, having presented at CES’ SilverSummit 2009; in 2009 and 2010 she spoke at the American Society on Aging annual conference; in 2011 she will speak at the What’s Next Boomer Business Summit. She also serves on the board of the Aging Technology Alliance and is a member of the Business Leadership Council in San Francisco. Jill is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where she earned a BS in Business Administration.

Susan WalkerSusan Ayers Walker

Susan Ayers Walker is a leading edge boomer and a freelance journalist reporting on the intersection of technology and aging. Her articles have appeared in AARP the Magazine, AARP.Org, ACM’s Interactions, EETimes, MIT Insider, American Society on Aging Newsletter and other industry journals.

She is a nationally known speaker on technology for aging-in-place and technology for caregiving. She has appeared on NBC, and CBS, and participated in a variety of radio talk shows.

She is the co-founder and managing director of the SmartSilvers Alliance with a mission to foster technology applications that assist independent living for the older consumer.

Located in Silicon Valley, she co-produces the BoomerTech series of technology panels and videos that focuses on the +50 market in consumer driven healthcare, brain fitness, and lifestyle applications.

Susan received her BSEE in electrical engineering from Northeastern University and her Masters in Computer Science from Rutgers

Shana Duthie

Shana Duthie
Silvers Summit Planning Advisers

Shana Duthie has more than 20 years of experience in assisting technology start-ups and "early stage" companies reach their growth potential by serving on their executive teams. Ms. Duthie has held key executive positions in Sales/Marketing as well as Finance/Operations providing a powerful background for achieving ROI and other bottom line results. She was instrumental in the development of several wireless phone products that targeted the aging marketing including the SOSPHONE which launched in 1994 and the Jitterbug cellular phone which launched in 2006 and where she is named on several of the patents. She is currently the CEO of Nurture Connect, Inc. which creates and develops sales channels in the wireless health, aging-in-place technology and consumer electronics industries. Additionally she is the Vice-chairman of the Aging Technology Alliance which is focused on the increased awareness of technology designed and sold into the aging market. Shana graduated from Chapman University with a degree in Economics and a secondary minor in Pre-Med.

Michaela Sweatt

Michaela Sweatt
Silvers Summit Planning Advisers

Michaela Sweatt is President of Nurture Connect where she leads the company’s marketing, education and product/service strategy activities. Prior to Nurture Connect she was a member of the GreatCall team that launched the Jitterbug phone and was instrumental in the LiveNurse and medication reminder services product launches. For over 20 years Michaela has worked with technology companies at every stage of development from early stage companies seeking funding to some of the best-known technology and software companies including Intuit, Disney Interactive, Lucent, and at Microsoft’s WebTV where she had her first experience working with a "senior technology" product and service. As Chair of The Aging Technology Alliance Education Committee, she continues a lifelong focus of educating others about technology. She has a Masters in Communication from San Diego State University.