New Technologies: Opportunity or Challenge for the Aging Population?

When: Mar 27th, 2019 - Mar 28th, 2019
Where: "Česká spořitelna" Palace (Rytířská 29, Praha 1)

Event overview

„New Technologies: Opportunity or Challenge for the Aging Population?“ international conference was held in Prague on March 27-28,2019. Please visit and FB profile for photo gallery and outcomes..  

The international conference “New Technologies: Opportunity or Challenge for the Aging Population?” was the third from a series organized in the frame of the long-term (eng)aging! project.   The project reflects the crucial importance of a society-wide debate regarding the topic of demographic change and aging population, and aims to highlight these issues, stimulate a constructive discussion, and help to create conditions that will make use of demographic change for the benefit of societies. It consists of a series of panel discussions, public seminars, roundtables and annual international conference focusing on topics related to the demographic change and the population aging.  The first installment of the international conference took place in 2017 and was titled "Population Aging: Challenges And Opportunities" The second took place in 2018 and was reffered to as "Aging Workforce: Older Workers and Immigrants as New Pillars of Western Economies?". In 2019, the conference addressed interrelationships between aging and modern technologies. 

The (eng)aging! project is organized by KEYNOTE, a well-established consultancy in cooperation with Active Aging Center, a non-governmental organization. KEYNOTE specializes in organizing conferences and events that lead to cutting-edge international encounters, bring new ideas to life, and facilitate a unique networking experience. In its projects KEYNOTE focuses principally on politics, international relations, security, civil society, new social trends, and business. Active Aging Center’s long term goal is to promote a societal debate on population aging and its impacts. Active Aging Center aims to improve quality of life of the elderly, their social status and intergenerational relations, to contribute to a change of the negative stereotypes about seniors present in public discourses and to raise employment rates of the generation 55+.

Conference partners: 

Ceska Sporitelna; Vodafone Czech Republic; Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic; the City of Prague; Embassy of Estonia in Prague; Netherlands embassy in Prague; Czech Demographic Society; Slovak Statistical and Demographic Society; Institute of Statistics and Demography, Warsaw School of Economics; Hungarian Central Statistical Office; Berlin Institute for Population and Development; Beauty of Help Foundation; Life 90.



March 27

18:00-20:00, Brožík Assembly Hall
Accessible only to ticket holders.

"Age Management Excellence Award" Ceremony
Opening Panel "Future of e-Health and Telemedicine"
Miloš Táborský, Melita Sogomonjan and Nick Guldemond
Networking Reception

March 28
9:00 - 16:00, Česká spořitelna Palace
Accessible only to ticket holders. 

Keynote Panel "New Technologies: Better, Longer Lives"
Anu Siren and Jonathan Rutherford
Panel 1.1 "Perception, Progress, Problems:Older Adults´ Acceptance of New Technologies"
Panel 1.2 "Opportunities for Community Participation and Social Inclusion Through ICT"
Keynote Panel "Innovations of an Aging Society in Europe?"
Kai Leichsenring and Stephen Johnston
Keynote Lecture "Technologies for Older People"
Anna Isabel Arroyo Hernández
Panel 2.1 "Accessible Technology for Independent Aging"
Panel 2.2 "Technology and the Aging Labor Market: Changes, Challenges, and Adaptations"

16:00 - 18:00, Česká spořitelna Palace 
Free access, registration needed.

Keynote Lecture "Neural Technology for an Aging Population"
Kevin Warwick
Case Studies and Exhibition "Technologies Can Help"
Vodafone; Rehabilitation Institute of Kladruby; Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics, and Cybernetics, etc. 

Keynote speakers

Ana Isabel Arroyo Hernández

Ana works currently as a Project Manager at TECSOS Foundation, in charge of international projects. She is specialised in the management of technological innovation projects at european level for the improvement of the quality of life of vulnerable groups. Since 2007 she has developed her technical and technological education in the field of the ICTs for social purpose, working during 5 years in Vodafone Spain Foundation. She has a Degree in Technical Telecommunications Engineering, with speciality in Telecommunications Systems.

Anu Siren

Anu Siren, PhD, is a psychologist and a senior researcher at the Danish Center for Social Science Research. Her previous affiliations include Danish Technical University, and University of Helsinki in Finland. Her areas of interest are related to the institutional and cultural contexts of ageing, including material/non-material environments, age-related policies, and family arrangements in late life. She has authored over 80 publications and her recent publications include “Socio-economic and lifestyle determinants of giving practical support to adult children in the era of changing late life” in Ageing and Society, “Older adults and the emerging digital service delivery” in Journal of Aging and Social Policy.

Jonathan Rutherford

Jonathan holds Masters degrees in Engineering and Management from The University of Bradford and executive education in IMD, Switzerland and London Business School, UK.
Jonathan started his career as a consultant in ICT with a particular focus on a number of start-up fixed and mobile operators throughout Europe. In Vodafone, he has held a number of senior leadership roles in commercial, marketing, business development and product management across Vodafone UK – running both fixed and mobile lines of business, before becoming Head of Commercial and Marketing. Prior to coming to the Czech Republic he was Head of Enterprise Customer Solutions at Vodafone Ireland where he was responsible for growing the fixed and managed services business, running solution sales, pre-sales and operations and service management. Currently, he is the Vice president, Vodafone Business Czech Republic. Jonathan is a passionate advocate of diversity and inclusion and the transformational power of technology and innovation. He spends his free time with his wife and three kids and relaxes playing football, squash or taking long walks in the countryside. Jonathan hails from Newcastle, UK.

Kai Leichsenring

Dr. phil. Kai Leichsenring is an Executive Director at the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research. He has published several books and articles on policies and practice towards older persons in Europe. As a Dr. phil. in Political Sciences and Communication Research from the University of Vienna, Austria, his main field of research involves comparative social policy, ageing and society, new public management and social services and quality improvement in health and social care.

Kevin Warwick

Kevin Warwick is Emeritus Professor of Reading & Coventry Universities (UK). Kevin´s research areas are artificial intelligence, biomedical systems, robotics and cyborgs. Kevin is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the IET who has published over 600 research papers. His experiments into implant technology led to him being the cover story on the US magazine, ‘Wired’. He achieved the world’s first direct electronic communication between two human nervous systems, the basis for thought communication. He has been awarded higher doctorates (DSc) by Imperial College and the Czech Academy of Sciences. He received the IET Mountbatten Medal, the Ellison-Cliffe Medal from the Royal Society of Medicine and presented the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures. 

Melita Sogomonjan

Melita Sogomonjan has been working in the public sector since 2016. She manages several national eHealth projects at the Ministry of Social Affairs of Estonia. Sogomonjan is currently doing her PhD in Health Policy at the Tallinn University of Technology, School of Business and Governance, Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance.  Her research is focused on the development and regulation of eHealth Policy and Public Health Administration in the EU. She is also giving courses on processing of special categories of personal data and ensuring data protection in the healthcare sector.

Michaela Stachová

Michaela is Director in the Beauty of Help Foundation which established in 2008. During last 10 years they have supported dozens of grassroots organizations across the Czech Republic, which help the older people, with the amount of 1,2 Mio EUR. They mostly support homecare services and also volunteer programs. They have also started their own project – Home Without Worry. Within this project, they have helped thousands of older people, so they can live at home and with dignity. Without their support, they would have ended up in institutional care.
The foundation has also run several awareness raising campaigns and significantly helped to change the perception of aging and older people in the Czech Republic. Next to general campaigns they promote healthy nutrition for the elderly, ran a campaign against the loneliness of the older persons or against work discrimination and ageism.
They have organized many round tables and conferences and have greatly supported the exchange of experience among the stakeholders in this field.

Miloš Táborský

Miloš Táborský is the founder of the National Telemedicine Center in Olomouc and is currently launching his own international multicentre DCM CRT-Reality Study. Professor Táborský also teaches at the Palackého University of Medicine in Olomouc and his main field of interest in Medicine is Arrhythmology, especially Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy, ICD and pacemakers, heart failure and e-Health. He has been involved in several important international studies and registers, and is currently President of the Czech Society of Cardiology and is also active in the structures of the European Cardiology Society.

Nick Alexander Guldemond

Dr. Guldemond is Chief Innovation Officer at Panaxea health intelligence company and professor Integrated care and technology at the Erasmus School of Health Policy and Management at the Erasmus University and holds a degree in medicine and electric engineering. He is a key expert on eHealth, integrated and value based healthcare and related business modelling for various international organisations such as WHO Global eHealth Observatory, EU Programmes as Knowledge Innovation Community (KIC) Health and KIC Digital, EU4Dgital, Ambient Assisted Living and the Innovative Medical Device Initiative. He is expert on technology enabled healthcare transformation from governmental to work-floor level across Europe and internationally: e.g. Brazil, China, Russia and Iran.  He is a highly wanted advisor for multinational companies in Food/Pharma (Sanofi, Roche, Genzyme, Danone), Medtech (Philips, Medtronic, Siemens, COCIR), health IT (Microsoft, Ascom, Ortec, Vodafone) and finance (Rabobank, Natwest, RBS). Dr. Guldemond was architect of the Dutch eHealth and big data strategy as well as program director eHealth on behalf of the Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres. He is coordinator of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing.

Stephen Johnston

Stephen is co-founder of Aging2.0, a global network of innovators in ageing. Aging2.0 has 68 volunteer-run chapters across 20 countries focused on eight ‘Grand Challenges’. He is also the founder of Fordcastle, an innovation consulting company. Stephen is co-author of Growth Champions (Wiley, 2012) and an advisor to several organizations including Irvine Health Foundation (USA), Sompo Holdings (Japan) and Music & Memory, a US 501c3 non-profit. Stephen has an Economics degree from Cambridge University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

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Call for papers & Registrations Deadlines

New Technologies: Opportunity or Challenge for the Aging Population?
Call for Papers 
Prague, March 27 − 28, 2019

Aging population and a decreasing number of people in a “productive age” represent serious challenges to our economic and social systems.  New technologies can extend the independent living of older people and the time they remain active and self-sufficient.  Technological solutions such as remote patient monitoring can help to avoid and reduce hospital stays. Robotic machines can enhance the quality of caregivers´ work and possibly even substitute humans in many care provisions. Technology can also be a tool for prolonging working life by easing the physical work.  Information and communication technologies (ICT) have tremendous potential for enhancing the social inclusion and participation of older people through video conferencing and social media.  However, technological progress also comes with a dark side, as older people are particularly vulnerable to phishing, internet scams or hoaxes. Older workers are also at risk of redundancy and long-term unemployment due to insufficient update of technological skills. In the near future, older people will have to rely increasingly more on ICT in order to cope with their jobs or everyday activities, and sustain their social networks.

We are seeking papers that will contribute to a critical examination of interrelationships between aging and technologies in the following areas:       

  • Silver economy – devices and services adjusted to the needs of older people; age-friendly technologies.  
  • Labor market – Industry 4.0; ICT as a challenge and opportunity for older workers; employability of older workers; technology skills update; age discrimination in hiring practices and in work place; technology easing the physical work; measures for facilitating longer working life; later career planning; age management.
  • ICT – social inclusion and lifelong learning; older people on internet and social media; age-friendly devices (big button phones, etc.); special apps for older people (pill reminder, fitness tracker, etc.); preventing vulnerability of older people to phishing, scams, hoaxes, etc.
  • Perception – older people attitudes towards new technologies; affordability, accessibility, and ethical challenges associated with new technologies.
  • Transport and mobility – robotic technologies; autonomous cars; and advanced driver-assistance systems for older customers.
  • Health system – modern medical technologies; eHealth; telemedicine; assistive devices; technology for long-term care.
  • Housing and homestay care – intelligent households; home adaptation; smart home devices; internet of things; robotics; artificial intelligence. 

We welcome proposals from scholars from any discipline, inter-discipline, or scholarly field.
Submit your 500-word abstracts and a short bio to

Download our abstract template.


Abstract submission deadline (CLOSED)

OCT 21, 2018

Notification of acceptance


Oct 31, 2018

Early bird payment deadline

Dec 31, 2018

Regular payment deadline for presenting participants

Feb 21, 2019

Full paper submission

Mar 15, 2019

Regular payment deadline for non-presenting participants

Mar 15, 2019







Conference fees 


Early bird (payment
reception by Dec 31, 2018)


Regular (payment reception by
Feb 21 or Mar 15, 2019; see above)


€ 200

€ 230

Non-presenting participants


€ 80

PhD students

€ 80

€ 100




Registration fee includes: all conference sessions, coffee breaks and lunch, conference documents and certificate of attendance. Please pay through our gateway, which can be accessed through the “Registration payment” button. A limited number of free spaces will be available for non-presenting students, please write to to receive more details.

Refund Policy
If you cancel your registration by March 15, 2019, you will receive a refund of the registration fee. However, the 40 EUR administrative fee is non-refundable. Written requests for cancellation must be emailed to No refunds will be given after March 15, 2019.

The conference will be hosted by the oldest banking institution in the Czech Republic - “Česká spořitelna” in a venue called “Česká spořitelna” Palace (Address:  Rytířská 29, Praha 1, 11000). This beautiful and monumental neo-renaissance building was first opened in 1894. The venue for opening session will be announced. 

Come participate in this much anticipated conference in Prague, one of the most beautiful cities in the world whose center is on the UNESCO list.

Conference partners
Ceska Sporitelna; Vodafone Czech Republic; Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic; the City of Prague; Embassy of Estonia in Prague; Netherlands embassy in Prague; Czech Demographic Society; Slovak Statistical and Demographic Society; Institute of Statistics and Demography, Warsaw School of Economics; Hungarian Central Statistical Office; Berlin Institute for Population and Development; Beauty of Help Foundation; Life 90.