THE 2012 JUDGES

Jim Barry
Media Spokesperson, Consumer Electronics Association

Jim BarryJim Barry, “The Digital Answer Man” is media spokesperson for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). He has appeared on countless radio and television programs and Webinars educating people about consumer electronics technology and products. He is the former editor ofVideo magazine and a 30-year veteran of consumer, trade and custom magazine publishing. During that time he has been an award-winning editor, writer and reporter, the president and CEO of a multi-million dollar corporate division, and the publisher of several consumer and business magazines.

Barry is the former editor and publisher of Dealerscope, a business publication for consumer electronics and major appliance retailers, and editorial director of Bartex Publishing Group, which published PC Retailing and Home Entertainment Marketing. He is also the former president, CEO and editorial director of Boston-based Custom Magazines, Inc.

Barry is a member of the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers and the board of electors of the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame. He is a visiting lecturer at the Boston University School of Communication and has received “Excellence in Writing” awards from the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE) for feature writing, news reporting and signed editorials.

 

Kate Bitter
Product Manager, Eons.com

Kate BitterKate Bitter is the Product Manager of Eons.com, the premier online community for baby boomers and beyond. Eons was acquired in 2011 by Crew Media, a media services company specializing in creating high-quality digital media engagements for the mature audience.

Kate leads all marketing campaigns as they pertain to the main website and relevant applications that engage the Eons community. She is responsible for driving the visual, functional and technical delivery of the site. She leads the ideation, technical development and launch of innovative products that encourage member growth, nurture member engagement and deliver an exceptional user experience for members of the Eons community and business partners.

Kate has held positions at Gap Inc., University of Phoenix, Geary Interactive and JWT BOOM. Kate holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from UC Davis.

 

Mary Furlong
CEO – MFA, Boomer author, expert, professor

Mary FurlongMary Furlong Ed.D., MFA’s president and CEO, is a leading authority on the baby boomer generation as it moves toward and beyond age 50. Through her three companies: SeniorNet (1986), ThirdAge Media (1996) and Mary Furlong & Associates (2002) she has raised over $130 million in venture financing and corporate sponsorships for companies with products and services to serve the needs of the boomer/senior marketplace. Mary produces the What’s Next Boomer Business Summit and the Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit each year. In 2011 Mary received the Silicon Valley Woman of Influence Award. She is the Dean’s Executive Professor of Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University and her book, Turning Silver into Gold: How to Profit in the New Boomer Marketplace, has been translated into four languages.

 

Gail Gibson Hunt
President and CEO, National Alliance for Caregiving

Gail Gibson HuntGail Hunt is President and CEO of the National Alliance for Caregiving, a non-profit coalition dedicated to conducting research and developing national programs for family caregivers and the professionals who serve them. Prior to heading NAC, Ms. Hunt was President of her own aging services consulting firm for 14 years. She conducted corporate eldercare research for the National Institute on Aging and the Social Security Administration, developed training for caregivers with AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association, and designed a corporate eldercare program for EAPs with the Employee Assistance Professional Association. Prior to having her own firm, she was Senior Manager of human services for the Washington, DC, office of KPMG Peat Marwick. Ms. Hunt attended Vassar College and graduated from Columbia University in New York. She was appointed by the White House to serve on the Policy Committee for the 2005 White House Conference on Aging. Ms. Hunt was on the Advisory Panel on Medicare Education, is chair of the National Center on Senior Transportation, is a Commissioner of the Center for Aging Service Technology, and is Secretary of the Long-Term Quality Alliance. Additionally, Ms. Hunt is on the Governing Board of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

 

Gary Kaye
Journalist

Gary KayeGary M. Kaye is an award winning journalist who has covered hi-tech since IBM launched its first PC in 1981. He specializes in covering the nexus of baby boomers/seniors and technology. His material appears on the AARP website and on AARP radio. He also does product reviews for Tech Toys Magazine. Kaye was lead producer for technology at Fox Business Network. He pioneered network television coverage of the tech industry at ABC News, and has also worked for CNN, NBC News, and the History Channel.

 

Mike Lee
Senior Strategy Advisor, Digital Strategy & Operations, AARP

Mike Lee As Senior Strategy Advisor in AARP’s Digital Strategy & Operations unit, Mike is developing AARP’s digital presence outside of its web site on mobile phones, tablets and internet-enabled appliances. Based on Mike’s strategic roadmap, AARP has launched mobile apps for the Apple iOS and Google Android in English and Spanish. A mobile version of the AARP.org site is now available to support any mobile web browser. In addition to operational duties, Mike engages leading technologists as AARP’s sponsor liaison to the MIT Media Lab and MIT AgeLab. He also maintains close collaborative ties with the Stanford Persuasive Technologies Laboratory and the Human Computer Interface Laboratory (HCIL). In the public policy arena, Mike recently served on the Federal Communication Commission’s Digital Inclusion Core Working Group informing the National Broadband Plan.

Before joining AARP, Mike started the Information Architecture and Usability Practice at AIG Corporate Ebusiness in New York City. He also taught digital design, graphic production and mobile user interface design for 12 years at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.

 

Laurie Orlov
Founder, Aging in Place Technology Watch

Lurie OrlovLaurie Orlov is the Founder of Aging in Place Technology Watch, a market research firm that provides thought leadership, analysis, and guidance about technologies and related services that enable boomers and seniors to remain longer in their home of choice. In her previous career, Laurie spent more than 30 years in the technology industry. She has delivered keynote speeches at forums, conferences, and symposia and quoted in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

 

Randy Paynter
CEO and Founder, Care2

Chuck ParkerRandy Paynter is the Founder and CEO of Care2.com. With 16 million members, Care2 is the largest and fastest growing online community of people making a difference in healthy & green living, human rights and animal welfare. Care2 empowers individuals to “Make a Difference” with daily actions, healthy living advice, news on causes, petitions, contests, groups and more. In 2008, Care2 became a “B Corporation” as a mark of its commitment to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. He holds an AB from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

 

Chuck Parker
Executive Director, Continua Health Alliance

Chuck ParkerCharles (Chuck) Parker is the Executive Director of Continua Health Alliance, an international organization of healthcare and technology companies dedicated to establishing a system of interoperable personal connected health solutions. Chuck has over 20 years of experience in health care technology and the strategic design of evaluation and measurement strategies.

 

Stephen Reily
Founder and CEO, VibrantNation.com

Stephen ReilyStephen Reily is the founder and CEO of VibrantNation.com, the leading online community for Baby Boomer women.

Stephen launched Vibrant Nation leveraging the marketing expertise he gained through building IMC Licensing, a brand licensing agency that has represented several Fortune 500 companies and dozens of iconic brands.

Stephen is an author, active blogger, business consultant and featured presenter and expert on topics related to the Boomer woman demographic.

 

Mike Starling
Vice President and Executive Director, NPR Technology Research Center, NPR Labs

Mike StarlingMike Starling is Vice President, and Executive Director of NPR Distributions’ Technology Research Center and NPR Labs – the only not-for-profit research and development center supporting public service technology development for broadcast radio. With more than 40 years in building, managing and consulting for radio stations across the U.S., Starling has also consulted for radio stations in Southern Africa and has been a U.S. delegate to the ITU. He has represented NPR on regulatory technology initiatives for over 20 years before federal agencies, Capitol Hill, and innumerable broadcast venues. Starling is the recipient of the IAAIS’s C. Stanley Potter Award for his work on making radio reading services accessible in digital radio, has been named one of Radio Ink’s 35 “Most Admired Engineers for 2005, 2006 and 2009″. Starling also a WonderVision award to NPR from Stevie Wonder for his unit’s work on making radio accessible to the print disabled and on behalf of NPR Labs an NAB Technology Innovation Award for 2011. Mike Starling is also a lawyer and member of the California and District of Columbia Bars (the only two bars he has been known to pass).

 

Professor Daniel P. Siewiorek
Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

Daniel SiewiorekProfessor Daniel P. Siewiorek is the Buhl University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He has designed or been involved with the design of nine multiprocessor systems and has been a key contributor to the dependability design of over two dozen commercial computing systems. Dr. Siewiorek leads an interdisciplinary team that has designed and constructed over 20 generations of mobile computing systems. He has written nine textbooks in addition to over 475 papers. He is acting director of the Quality of Life Technology NSF Engineering Research Center and has been the recipient of the AAEE Terman Award, the IEEE/ACM Eckert-Mauchly Award, and the ACM SIGMOBILE Outstanding Contributions Award. He is a Fellow of IEEE, ACM, and AAAS and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Professor Siewiorek received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering (minor in Computer Science) from Stanford University.

 

Susan Ayers Walker
Co-Founder, Managing Director – SmartSilvers Alliance, Freelance Journalist

Susan WalkerSusan 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