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.