Three winners chosen in first AgePower Tech Search competition

  • Article by: PATRICK KENNEDY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 4, 2014 - 8:18 PM

Firms are developing new technology for the aging population.

Ecumen and Mojo Minnesota, co-sponsors of a new design competition to find consumer technology for an aging population, have announced three winners.

The inaugural AgePower Tech Search initiative launched in July drew 27 submissions from the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Five finalists were chosen to present their ideas at the AgePower Demo Day on Jan. 21, and three winners were announced Monday.

Each winner will collaborate with Ecumen, one of the country’s 20 largest nonprofit senior housing and services organizations, on six-month pilot projects with Ecumen customers and employees. The winners also will work with Mojo Minnesota, an “innovation cooperative” that supports entrepreneurs, in strengthening business strategy and execution.

The winners are:

• ForMyChildren, a Minnesota-California collaboration that seeks to create online technology to allow parents or grandparents to securely share stories, photos, videos, documents, passwords and legal information with spouses, adult children and grandchildren. (www.for mychildren.com)

• GO 2, Wilmington, N.C., aims to commercialize its CV2 wellness product that helps patients increase the velocity of blood flow into and out of lower extremities. (www.goodbloodflow.com)

• Playtabase, Minneapolis, is developing wrist-worn ­technology to help users interact with electronics through gestures. (www.playtabase.com)

Patrick Kennedy • 612-673-7926

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