What is Age 3.0 – Aging in the city?
Age 3.0 is an interactive and participatory trade fair that will take place on November 1st, 2017, from 9AM to 5 PM in the atrium of the EV Building of Concordia University, 1515 Ste-Catherine Street West, at the corner of Guy, in downtown Montreal, Quebec.
It surrounds the second Creative Aging Festival, which engages the citizens, businesses, and organizations of Quebec in a conversation about the realities of aging. It is a part of a promising movement towards a collective understanding and “sustainable aging”.
Why Age 3.0 ?
The Canadian population, currently at 35.5 million, is expected to reach 42.5 million in 2056. Seniors are expected to make up 25.7% of that population–compared to the 21% projected worldwide–or nearly 11 million Canadians.
Communautique, the ACT Project (Aging + Communication + Technologies), Concordia University, and engAGE are playing their part with this interactive and participatory event in order to contribute to this important movement toward sustainable and creative aging.
Who can visit the fair ?
Everyone is welcome! Seniors and their families, companies and startups, inventors, engineers, makers, practitioners, designers, usability specialists, artists, architects, corportations, and anyone who has the expertise or the desire to learn and share new modes of aging sustainably.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Please register in advance here. Note: registration will also be available on site.
Also this is an excellent opprtunity for business people to network with the players in the “Silver Economy” to:
- discover new and exciting innovations
- take stock of challenges and benefits in this sector
- meet potential collaborators
What’s on the agenda ?
The public will be able to see and experience the innovations that are happening right now inside research centres and companies. Visotors will be invited to experience, evaluate, and provide feedback on products and services that will be presented at the kiosks.
A multitude of activities will also take place, including :
- scientific panels
- hands-on research outreach workshops
- an exhibiton of art installation, performances, and socially relevant activities about aging
What is the Silver Economy ?
The “Silver Economy” (Aka the “Gray Economy”) refers to all economic activities related to senior citizens. It has seen significant development over the last decades due to an increased life expectancy, and recently due to the mass retirement of Baby Boomers by 2025. (Wikipedia)
In Quebec, the Silver Economy is just beginning, and by organizing the creative aging fair Age 3.0, Concordia, Communautique, and the ACT project hope to arouse interest in the public about the needs and challenges that this new social and economic demographic face.