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AARP Foundation Prize: Previous Winners

Previous Winners


Emerald: Technology that uses radio waves to detect motion, falls, heart rate, breathing and patterns of daily activity without requiring the 50+ individual to wear any sensors. -Massachusetts Institute of Technology

: Software that allows low-income 50+ to select their own home-healthcare worker based on aspects of affinity resulting in improved healthcare outcomes and reduced costs. -Tufts University

Co-Optical: Technology that allows for the measurement of insulin non-invasively with eyeglasses. -University of Washington

The Nutrition Network: A mobile service that provides low-income individuals with health and nutrition counseling. -Boston College


FD Cares: A solution that creates community-medical units for municipal fire departments that substantially reduces the costs of non-emergency medical calls to emergency fire departments. -University of Washington

Coride: Software that facilitates ride-sharing for low-income individuals. -University of Wisconsin-Madison

DormGen: Software that facilitates home-sharing between 50+ and students. -George Washington University

The HEARS Project: A new product/process that addresses the challenge of providing hearing aids to low-income 50+. -Johns Hopkins University


Bit Harmonics (): Software that disaggregates the signal from smart-meters allowing the identification of which appliances are being turned on and off throughout the day, providing an indicator of the health and mobility of the resident. -Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Agility For Life: Fall-prevention technology. -Duke University

NIA Wheel: A low-cost brain-controlled wheelchair that can move the user based on identified patterns of brain activity, e.g. a desire to turn left or right. University of Washington

CBAY: An Ebay-like web-based application that focuses on 50+ downsizing from larger to smaller homes, and needing to list and sell furniture online. The service helps 50+ list their items and donate a percentage of each sale to charity. -University of Wisconsin-Madison

Kiwi: Software that allows sellers of larger home appliances (fridges, stoves, televisions, freezers etc.) to offer lay-away type financing to low-income individuals. -Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MemoryBanc: Software and service that securely gathers passwords from seniors as part of an estate-planning will-writing service. -George Washington University


Flash Volunteer: Allows volunteers to search and register for local volunteer opportunities, and log-in at those events using either mobile phone-based software or SMS. -University of Washington

Drive Sense Technologies: Software application that enables transportation managers to match seniors who need transportation with drivers (seniors or otherwise) who can provide such transportation. The software also allows transportation managers to recruit and maintain drivers to serve older adults in their community. -University of Wisconsin