CONNECTED HEALTH CONFERENCE • SAVE THE DATE • October 16-18, 2019 • Boston, MA
Dr. Mandy Salomon is an entrepreneur working at the intersection of creative media, human-computer interaction and cultural gerontology to build next-generation tools for people living with dementia and those who support them. Dr. Salomon is the co-founder and CEO of Mentia, the maker of Deva World, an interactive digital world that helps organizations to reach their relationship care and person-centered care objectives, efficiently, across the eldercare ecosystem. The focus of Mentia's work is to apply innovative technologies to solve the large-scale senior care challenges: scaling expertise and up-skilling care staff for better health outcomes.
Prior to this, Dr. Salomon received her M.A. and Ph.D. at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne (Australia) for her work on inclusive design for people with dementia, and for developing digital systems that enable them to participate. While there, she conducted studies that showed the acceptance of 3D virtual worlds for people living with dementia and the psycho-social advantages of using them. Stirling University's Dementia Services Centre (UK) selected Dr. Salomon's research for 'Ideas today that will impact tomorrow" award, describing her work as 'digital empathy'. She was also the recipient of the Smart Services Cooperative Research Centre's CEO award for Best PhD. Dr. Salomon also holds a BA in Drama and Visual Arts and brings a large body of work from theatre and media production to her practice.
Dr. Salomon brought Mentia to the US in 2017, where it is a portfolio company at Launchpad Digital Health in San Francisco. In 2018, Mentia was honored as a finalist in Sompo/Aging2.0's search for the most promising high-impact startup in senior care. She is a Research and Industry Fellow at Swinburne University, a member of Creative Aging San Francisco, and an Alliance member of Aging 2.0.