New generations lab to be announced at tech fair

Avenidas aims to play matchmaker between seniors, entrepreneurs

Connecting older adults to young entrepreneurs is the impetus behind a new Generations Lab to be announced by Avenidas in the coming month.

The initiative by the Palo Alto senior services agency is aimed at helping seniors explore and use technology in ways that best work for them as well as aiding entrepreneurs trying to create technologies that support independence and quality of life for older adults.

"We see it as a matchmaking opportunity," said Avenidas CEO Amy Andonian.

With the themes of "explore, engage and shape," the Generations Lab will meet seniors at whatever level they are ready to interact with technology, she said.

Ultimately, the lab will find a home near the main entrance to Avenidas's renovated and expanded headquarters on Bryant Street, now in the planning stages. A model for the space, Andonian said, is the storefront Senior Planet Exploration Center in Manhattan, which hosts free classes, workshops, talks and social and cultural events for New Yorkers 60 and older.

Until the new space is ready, the Generations Lab will take other forms, beginning with a Jan. 16 Tech Faire that is open to all ages and skill levels.

The fair will feature robots, personal transport vehicles, Apple Watch, Google Cardboard, 3-D printers, food trucks, hands-on activities and tech talks. The keynote speaker will be Senior Planet Executive Director Tom Kamber.

The event will be at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, go to Avenidas.


Contributing Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at


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Posted by Ellen Uhrbrock
a resident of Professorville
on Dec 31, 2015 at 12:37 pm

Avenidas Tech Faire is the first event for the new Generation Lab. Seniors will meet and mix with tech entrepreneurs. Everyone is welcome - bring your grandparents, neighbors and teenage children

See what's new and how tech will work for you.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 3, 2016 at 12:03 pm

I'm a senior and I want a Holodeck. Also, I don't want to type anymore. I should be able to just talk to the computer. I also don't want to drive. Just legalize the self-driving cars already.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jan 3, 2016 at 10:13 pm

@Anonymous, my grandfather had a self driving vehicle. The horse was programmed to pull the wagon to various destinations, selected by time of day and which way you pointed her from the farm. Also had a return-to-home function. Any operation could be overridden by manual input.

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Posted by Professor
a resident of Stanford
on Jan 4, 2016 at 12:49 pm

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 4, 2016 at 6:42 pm

@musical, I think a self-driving car would be cheaper than keeping a horse in my backyard and fighting with the City over it's use in Palo Alto. If you think following a Google car is frustrating, just wait until you follow my horse!

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