Session 5: Future Challenges: A Nation that lives to 100

4.00pm - 5.00pm

According to the ONS, a three year old girl today will live on average to 93 and has a 1 in 4 chance of living to 103. As more of the population lives inevitably to 100, what part will technology play, and does it also have the answers to make living to 100 possible for all?

This session was composed of three personal perspectives that look forward to a nation built up of older people and what impact this will have on our lives and relationship with technology.


4.00pm    Keynote from Maggie Philbin, CEO, TeenTech

Maggie reflected on technology through the years and how it has adapted to suit different audiences, and look forward to how it can change, with the help of young people, as our aging population grows.

Most people will know Maggie from her work on Tomorrow’s World and she has stayed on the pulse of science and technology ever since. In 2014 she led an independent taskforce and her 2014 report ‘Digital Skills for Tomorrow’s World ‘met with considerable support across the sector. She leads the award winning TeenTech initiative, is President of the Institute of Engineering Designers, sits on the STEM Commission for Haringey and leads the Young STEM TaskForce.


4.15pm    Lord Knight, Chief Education Advisor, TES

Lord Knight discussed changing Britain and how having a population that lives to 100 will impact on the nation and its approach to work and education.

Lord Knight is currently Managing Director of Online Learning at TES Global, chair of HTI Academies, Advisory Board member of Digital Leaders, Chair of Tinder Foundation and deputy chair of Nominet Trust. He was a Labour MP from 2001-2010 and is a former Schools and Employment Minister. He became a Life Peer in 2010.


4.30pm   Jeh Kazimi, CEO, Breezie

Jeh discussed how we are reimaging digital products and usability principles so that they are fitting for an older market.

Jeh Kazimi is the founder of Breezie.com, the tablet service designed to get digitally isolated adults online. Jeh has a degree in engineering and an MBA from the London Business School. Before he set out to build Breezie – driven by his own attempts to teach his parents to use apps like Skype – he worked in venture capital, building internet start-ups in the UK, US and Israel.


4.45pm Q&A

The three speakers received questions from Mark Thompson and the audience.