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Smartphones, social media and video games are not just the domain of millennials and teens. Baby boomers are rekindling relationships and launching new businesses online, managing their health and fitness with the latest apps, and driving the first connected cars. They represent a quarter of the country’s population and have the greatest purchasing power. Hear how a generation born long before the advent of the Internet is shaping the future of technology. Watch video highlights from the forum here.


pj-orourkeP.J. O’Rourke

Columnist, The Daily Beast and Author, The Baby Boom

P. J. O’Rourke’s most recent book is titled “The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way…And It Wasn’t My Fault…And I’ll Never Do It Again.” He is a regular panelist on National Public Radio’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! and a weekly columnist for The Daily Beast. He’s previously written 16 books on subjects as diverse as politics and cars and etiquette and economics. His book about Washington, “Parliament of Whores,” and his book about international conflict and crisis, “Give War a Chance,” both were New York Times bestsellers. O’Rourke began writing funny things in underground newspapers, became editor-in-chief of National Lampoon, and then spent 20 years reporting for Rolling Stone and The Atlantic Monthly as a trouble-spot humorist.

Chief Digital Officer, Harvard University

Perry Hewitt is Harvard University’s first chief digital officer, charged with leading digital strategy for communications and engagement for audiences including the general public, media and alumni worldwide — as well as exploring ways organizations effect digital transformation. She has worked in marketing, editorial, and strategy roles at firms including Crimson Hexagon, Razorfish, and Lotus Development Corporation, and has consulted to media companies on digital product development. She advises students and startups, and writes and speaks on topics including digital transformation, user experience, mobile, women and leadership, and the social Web.

Former Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Don Berwick, MD, MPP is president emeritus and senior fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, an organization that he co-founded and led as president and CEO for 18 years. In July 2010, President Obama appointed Berwick to the position of administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which he held until December 2011. A pediatrician by background, Berwick has served as clinical professor of pediatrics and health care policy at the Harvard Medical School, professor of health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health, and as a member of the staffs of various Boston hospitals. He is a candidate for governor of Massachusetts. He also serves now as lecturer in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School.

Chief Medical Officer, New England Quality Care Alliance

Michael Cantor is a geriatrician and attorney. In his current role as chief medical officer for the New England Quality Care Alliance (NEQCA), the physician network affiliated with Tufts Medical Center, he oversees staff responsible for implementing network-wide quality improvement and care management programs for almost 1,800 physicians. He is currently an assistant professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and attends on the geriatrics and general medicine service at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. He has studied and written about telehealth, advance care planning and care of older adults.

Director, MIT AgeLab

Joseph F. Coughlin, Ph.D. is director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab. His research provides insights on how demographic change, technology, social trends and consumer behavior will converge to drive future innovations in business and government. Based in MIT’s Engineering Systems Division, he teaches policy and systems innovation and is author of the online publication Disruptive Demographics. He was one of Fast Company Magazine’s 100 Most Creative People in Business and was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of “12 pioneers inventing the future of retirement and how we will all live, work and play tomorrow.”

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Co-Founder, StarVest Partners

Jeanne M. Sullivan serves Elizabeth Isele on the team of Senior Entrepreneurship Works. She is co-founder of StarVest Partners, a NYC-based venture capital fund that was formed in 1998. Prior to her venture experience, Sullivan gained her operating experience with AT&T and Bell Labs while serving in product and industry marketing roles. She serves on the board of the New York Venture Capital Association and is a newly invited member of the Women’s Leadership Board at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. She is also a newly named entrepreneurship fellow at Barnard College.

Director, Medical Market Development, MC10 Inc.

Nirav “Rav” Sheth joined MC10 in 2013 as the head of market development for the medical sector. Early in his career, Sheth received an introduction to microelectronic packaging at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center. After stints at General Electric and McKinsey and Company,  he made the transition into the medical device arena. Sheth was responsible for driving the global launch of carotid stenting at Cordis Corporation and the formation of a new therapeutic endoscopy group at Olympus Corporation.  Most recently, he led marketing for St. Jude Medical’s Vascular and Structural Heart businesses in the Americas.

Founder and President,

Prior to launching four years ago, Geri Brin was an editor and publisher at Fairchild Publications for 23 years. She also wrote for publications including New York Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, Parents Magazine and the New York Daily News Magazine and daily paper. Brin co-authored two books, “Kid’s Stuff” and “Figure It Out!” She became an entrepreneur in 1998, published magazines for Liz Claiborne and Charming Shoppes and launched Bene — a magazine about Italian life and style that garnered silver Folio Award.

Managing Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

Bill Aulet is managing director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship as well as a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Aulet started his career at IBM and then became a serial entrepreneur, running two MIT spinouts — Cambridge Decision Dynamics and SensAble Technologies.

Designer, Bowery

Zachary Hamed is a designer at the New York-based startup Bowery. He studied computer science at Harvard University, and is a 2013 recipient of the Thiel Fellowship. Previously Hamed was a front-end designer and developer at Jawbone working on the UP health band, and was part of Kleiner Perkins’ Design Fellows program.

Head of Boston Office, Fitbit

William Crawford is head of the Boston office of Fitbit, Inc. He was previously co-founder and CEO of Linked Medical, Inc., a Boston based spin-off from Massachusetts General Hospital, focused on commercializing the next generation of Electronic Health Records and workflow platforms for outpatient medical care. He was also the founder of Beacon 16 Software, a healthcare IT design and general informatics consultancy focused on health and wellness as well as innovative clinical tools, whose clients include Partners Healthcare, Massachusetts General Hospital, Foundation Medicine and a range of start-ups and venture capital firms seeking both advisory services and technology development.

U.S. President, Kinematix

Joseph Ternullo is the U.S. president of Kinematix, developer of health care and fitness products that evaluate body position and movement to improve human function. Prior to joining Kinematix, Ternullo served as associate director of Partners HealthCare’s Center for Connected Health. He has taught healthcare informatics law at Northeastern University and served on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ American Health Information Community Workgroup, a U.S. Commerce Department industry trade advisory committee, the Continua Health Alliance and on the Harvard Club of the North Shore board.

Biographies are provided to Washington Post Live by the speakers and are only edited for clarity and length.

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