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Transforming Mobility in Rural America through New Technology

A Working Summit for Leaders in
Transportation, Technology, Rural Aging, and Philanthropy

Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) and CITRIS and the Banatao Institute invite you to attend Beyond Here & There Summit, a gathering that seeks to drive new mobility and access solutions for rural America by fostering cross-sector understanding, collaboration, and partnerships. 

The summit will feature presentations by experts in technology, industry, mobility and transportation planning, rural aging services, and philanthropy, as well as opportunities for networking and highly interactive learning.

This event will take place May 2-3, 2018 at the University of California, Berkeley campus.    



Event Narrative: The Imperative of Rural Mobility 

Many of us take our mobility for granted, seldom worrying how we will get to work, a doctor’s office, the grocery store, or the polls.

But not everyone has the mobility required to pursue career, community, and care. For millions of people in rural America, transportation and mobility can be unreliable, unaffordable, or simply unavailable.

The challenge only gets tougher as we get older, and for the one in four older Americans living in small towns and rural communities, downright dangerous. Older people who have given up the keys or lack other good mobility options face elevated risks of social isolation, injury, depression, gaps in medical care, and malnutrition.

The Disruptive Power of Innovation to Improve Rural Lives

New technologies and rapid innovation in the automotive, telecommunications, and supply chain industries have the potential to transform the rural mobility landscape and empower millions of rural Americans of all ages.

Innovations such as ride sharing, autonomous vehicles, drone deliveries, and telehealth can improve services. Smart disruption may also shift the focus from  mobility -- moving people -- to expanding access -- getting people what they need – whether that’s consumer goods, health care, education, employment, or simply human contact.

Registration is free.

To register, please click here.

For the full summit agenda, please click here

For a one-page overview of this event, please click here.

Event Details

When: Wednesday May 2, 2018, 4:00pm to 7:00pm and Thursday, May 3, 8:00am to 6:00pm

For the full agenda, please click here.

Where: UC Berkeley, Sutardja Dai Hall, Kvamme Atrium and Banatao Auditorium. 2594 Hearst Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94720 (This address is for GPS purposes only and is not posted on the building. See map.)

Organized by: Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) and CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Supported by: the May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust, with additional support from St. David's Foundation, Tivity Health, and the CTA Foundation

For more information about this program

John Feather, PhD, CEO of Grantmakers In Aging at jfeather@GIAging.org

Cindy Padilla, GIA program lead at cindypadilla53@gmail.com

David Lindeman, PhD, Director, CITRIS Health at dlindeman@citris-uc.org

Logistics: Lorie Mariano, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, at lorie@citris-uc.org

Event Goal: Promoting Greater Cross-Sector Understanding

Many innovators may have little knowledge of the specific challenges of rural life, while nonprofits, government agencies, aging and rural service providers, and philanthropies working on this frontier may have little access to the fast-moving new and emerging technology sector.

The summit will allow innovators to gain a better understanding of rural needs and strengths while helping service providers and philanthropies learn more about viable options for their communities.

Other Learning Opportunities

The following educational resources are also being created:

  • A funders’ guide to rural aging, mobility, and access. Offering an introduction to rural communities’ needs and assets, examples of grant-funded programs, and insights from industry and philanthropy thought leaders, with emphasis on new partnerships and the possibilities offered by new technology. Prepared by GIA.
  • A white paper framing issues in rural aging and mobility for innovators and leaders in technology and industry, and presenting an overview of current and longer-term innovations in the tech sector for aging funders and services providers, with emphasis on adoption and partnership. Prepared by CITRIS and the Banatao Institute.

Both documents will be available to summit invitees in advance to provide a common basis for discussion, and will also be made available as public resources. Support for these publications is provided by St. David’s Foundation and Tivity Health.

About Grantmakers In Aging (GIA)   

Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) is an inclusive and responsive membership organization comprised of all types of philanthropies with a common dedication to improving the experience of aging. GIA members have a shared recognition that a society that is better for older adults is better for people of all ages. To learn more, please visit GIAging.org. For more on GIA’s work on rural aging, please visit GIAging.org/rural-aging.

About CITRIS and the Banatao Institute  

CITRIS and the Banatao Institute create information technology solutions for society’s most pressing challenges. Established in 2001, the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) leverages the interdisciplinary research strengths of UC Berkeley, Davis, Merced and Santa Cruz to advance the University of California’s mission and the innovative spirit of California. The institute was created to shorten the pipeline between world-class laboratory research and the development of impactful applications, platforms, companies, and even new industries. For more information, please visit http://citris-uc.org.


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