The EPIC Conference (2021)

#AWepic2021

AGE-WELL, Canada’s AgeTech network, is dedicated to the creation of technologies and services that benefit older adults and caregivers. Our aim is to help older Canadians maintain their independence, health and quality of life through technologies and services that increase their safety and security, support their independent living, and enhance their social participation.

Through extensive public consultation, AGE-WELL has identified 8 Challenge Areas – difficult and complex problem areas – that demand innovation and deployment of real-world solutions. The EPIC Conference (2021) is an opportunity for AGE-WELL students, postdoctoral fellows, research staff and ECRs to share their research, highlight their potential impact, and connect with colleagues.

The month-long virtual conference will comprise of 8 virtual sessions, each dedicated to one of the identified challenge areas. Each session will involve 2 streams of presentations – a traditional oral presentation and a Twitter conference presentation. Additional planned sessions  include Workshop Wednesdays, where we will host professional development workshops and panels, and a number of trainee-hosted social events.

AGE-WELL is pleased to announce that as part of #AWepic2021 we will co-host a French-language AgeTech symposium on 29-30 June.

Oral Presentation Stream

These sessions will be hosted on Crowdcast and comprise of an introduction to the challenge area presented by the session chair, 3 oral presentations, and a follow up comment by a stakeholder that places these presentations into the larger discourse and addresses potential research impact.

Please note that presenters are required to accompany their 10 minute talks with a PowerPoint presentation of no more than 10 slides (inclusive of title slide and bibliography). Each presenter will be allocated an additional 5 minutes for Q&A after their presentation.

Attendees may view the Crowdcast “how to” page here.

Twitter Presentation Stream

In this conference stream, presenters will be challenged to encapsulate their presentations into 5 pre-scheduled tweets using their personal Twitter accounts. Presenters will be given a timeslot in which to release their tweets and be expected to be present for an interactive Q&A Twitter session and at least 1 other presentation scheduled in their session.

Check out the EPIC Conference 2020 presentations and workshops here.

Call for Abstracts

Presentation proposals for both streams are invited from AGE-WELL students, postdoctoral fellows, research staff and ECRs. Applicants are encouraged to review the full challenge area booklet here and ensure they are available for their sessions on the dates below.

Applications will be open in Forum until May 7, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT.

Presentation Session Date Time
Supportive Homes & Communities June 1, 2021 Oral Presentations: 1:00-2:30 pm ET

Twitter (#AWepic2021): 2:30-3:30 pm ET

Health Care & Health Service Delivery June 3, 2021 Twitter (#AWepic2021): 12:00-1:00 pm ET

Oral Presentations: 1:00-2:30 pm ET

Autonomy & Independence June 8, 2021 Twitter (#AWepic2021): 12:00-1:00 pm ET

Oral Presentations: 1:00-2:30 pm ET

Cognitive Health & Dementia June 10, 2021 Twitter (#AWepic2021): 12:00-1:00 pm ET

Oral Presentations: 1:00-2:30 pm ET

Mobility & Transportation June 15, 2021 Twitter (#AWepic2021): 12:00-1:00 pm ET

Oral Presentations: 1:00-2:30 pm ET

Healthy Lifestyles & Wellness June 17, 2021 Twitter (#AWepic2021): 12:00-1:00 pm ET

Oral Presentations: 1:00-2:30 pm ET

Staying Connected June 22, 2021 Twitter (#AWepic2021): 12:00-1:00 pm ET

Oral Presentations: 1:00-2:30 pm ET

Financial Wellness & Employment June 24, 2021 Twitter (#AWepic2021): 12:00-1:00 pm ET

Oral Presentations: 1:00-2:30 pm ET

French-language Research Sessions June 29, 30, 2021 Time TBC