Daniel Marrello

CEO, UpTOSpeed

Daniel is considered one of Canada’s leading experts in the field of senior digital literacy. After recognizing that seniors were facing severe isolation as a result of COVID-19 social distancing measures, he started the non-profit organization TechServe (formerly TechServeTO) with his brother David in April 2020. TechServe is a free software-enabled platform that pairs tech-savvy young volunteers with older adults who require technological assistance. TechServe provides one-on-one technical support sessions, hosts virtual workshops on various online platforms, creates digital literacy resources, and refurbishes used devices for distribution to low income seniors. To date, TechServe has provided support to over 1500 seniors across Canada through the mobilization of over 175 volunteers and has been featured in national media sources such as the Globe & Mail, Global News National, the Toronto Star. Following acceptance into the prestigious Next 36 startup accelerator, Daniel co-founded UpTOSpeed, a marketplace for universal technical support and education tailored for older adults. UpTOSpeed employs the insights from TechServe to provide a premium service for residents and patients of retirement homes, independent living centres, pensions associations, and healthcare institutions.

    11:00 AM PST

    Friday May 21, 2021

    LIVE: Virtual Care is Here to Stay

    How can we bridge the digital divide and bring older adults online? Will virtual care continue past the pandemic and what does it take to design and introduce virtual programming to those who may not have gone digital before? Hear from experts about their experiences transitioning programs and people to the digital world and what they think of the future of care.