2017 Better Government Competition Awards Gala

Please join Pioneer Institute at an awards gala recognizing the winner and finalists of the 26th annual Better Government Competition. The 2017 contest sought proposals to ensure a better future for aging citizens. The Keynote Address will be delivered by Joseph F. Coughlin, Ph.D., Founder and Director of the MIT AgeLab.


Monday, June 19, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 9:15 PM EDT
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Boston Harbor Hotel
70 Rowes Wharf
Boston, MA 02110

About the Keynote Speaker

Joseph F. Coughlin, Ph.D., is founder and Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab. He teaches in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies & Planning and the Sloan School’s Advanced Management Program. His research focuses on how demographic change, technology, social trends, and consumer behavior drive innovations in business and government. He has authored more than 100 research publications and a book on aging and transportation. 

Dr. Coughlin is a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, Slate, and the online Disruptive Demographics on BigThink.com. He has appeared on national and global newscasts including ABC, BBC, Globo Brasil, CBC, CBS, CNN, Japan’s NHK, NBC, and NPR. He was named by The Wall Street Journal as one of “12 pioneers inventing the future of retirement,” and by Fast Company as one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business.” Dr. Coughlin was appointed by President George W. Bush to the White House Conference on Aging Advisory Committee and has advised non-profits, governments, and corporations worldwide. He is writing a forthcoming book examining the convergence of old age, business, and technology. Dr. Coughlin has advised numerous governments, the World Economic Forum, OECD, and is a Fellow of Switzerland’s World Demographics & Aging Forum. A Behavioral Sciences Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, Dr. Coughlin works extensively with leading companies translating insights in consumer behavior and decision-making into business innovation.  

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