AARP and the University of Illinois Announce the Opening of The Tech Nest at Research Park

CHAMPAIGN, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AARP and the University of Illinois today announced the grand opening of
The Tech Nest at AARP in Research Park, the latest addition to
AARP’s Innovation portfolio. The new technology lab, a 2,700 square-foot
innovation-focused facility, enables AARP to collaborate with students
and faculty on leading-edge, technology-based research and creative
solutions to address the needs of the 50-plus population.

The Tech Nest will focus on developing prototypes in the fields of
artificial intelligence, mobile apps, information security, biometrics
and software engineering. By leveraging the university’s academic
research and adjacent startup community, AARP will create opportunities
to enhance the daily lives for us all as we age.

“Our presence at the Research Park is an opportunity for AARP to show up
in a unique way and allows us to further disrupt aging by tapping into
leading-edge, university-based research and talent,” said Jose Hernandez,
VP, IT Business Operations, AARP. “Innovation is central to AARP’s
mission to improve the lives of people 50-plus. By working with the
University of Illinois, there is an enormous opportunity to unlock
innovation and product research and development that exists within one
of our nation’s world-class universities.”

“The Tech Nest provides a unique opportunity to leverage the depth of
our campus’ interdisciplinary research in aging with our strengths in
data science and computing,” University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
chancellor Robert Jones said. “AARP adds a welcome new dimension to the
experiential learning opportunities available to our students through
the Research Park.”

The University of Illinois Research Park is home to innovation centers
for multinational corporations and publicly traded firms including ADM,
John Deere, Yahoo!, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Caterpillar, State Farm,
Capital One, Grainger, CME Group, and Abbott.

For more information about AARP’s innovative initiatives, visit

About the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Since its founding in 1867, the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign has earned a reputation as a world-class leader in
research, teaching, and public engagement. Located on campus, the
Research Park at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a
technology hub for startup companies and corporate research and
development operations. Within the Research Park there are more than 90
companies employing students and full-time technology professionals. For
more information, please visit

About AARP

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of
nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into
“Real Possibilities” by changing the way America defines aging. With
staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico,
and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and
promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare
security, financial security, and personal fulfillment. AARP also
advocates for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and
services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name. As a trusted
source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest
circulation magazine, AARP The Magazine, and AARP Bulletin. AARP does
not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to
political campaigns or candidates. To learn more, visit or
follow @aarp on Twitter.


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