DementiaHack: Don’t build for the prize, build for the person

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And then there was DementiaHack. Produced by HackerNest and the British Consulate General, this healthcare hackathon ran simultaneously in Toronto, Canada and London, UK, on the long weekend of Sept 12-14, 2014. Event links:

#London> http://hckrn.st/DHLondon + #Toronto>http://hckrn.st/DementiaHack

Little did we know that a quick round of coffee this summer would evolve into a hackathon with lifechanging merits for all involved.

Folks were very impressed with the prototypes that emerged – unsurprising considering there were more PhDs and tech geniuses involved in the hackathon than anyone knew what to do with. The teams that won absolutely deserved to win; we’re happy to have them represent the success of DementiaHack.

— HackerNest (@HackerNest) September 18, 2014
We can all be proud of the fact that we contributed to something beautiful last weekend – supporting the development of projects that are really going to help people living with dementia and their caregivers.

 WINNERS:


(Grand Prize) CareUmbrella

 

A simple system that allow persons living with dementia to maintain their independence by continuing to engage in their environments.  Introducing Care Umbrella, last weekend’s #DementiaHack hackathon Grand Prize winners! This team will get 4 years of free Linode services, will demo and receive space and demo at the UK Health Tech 2014 Conference in Cardiff, and will demo at the Hacking Health Cafe, Mobile Med Apps Showcase, and the HackerNest Toronto September Tech Social. Their trip to the UK, spanning just under a week and covering London, Wales, and potentially other parts of the UK, offers the tools and investments they need to get their product to the next level.

Flights and accommodation will be covered for the ENTIRETY of the trip.


(Runner Up #1) All The Pi

 

Combining different technical skill sets to solve key issues with individuals living with Dementia. Trying to understand the difficulties with living with Dementia and the problems caregivers deal with. Integrate solutions into patients’ lives seamlessly but also minimizing the amount of interaction required by the individual.There are two key features to the solution: Data points to plot for research and analysis AND Automated responses and reminders based on the data points. These folks get 2 years of free Linode services, UBIs, plus they demo at Hacking Health Cafe! Congratulations!


(Runner Up #2) Clarity

 

Building a multi-dimensional platform that will serve a leading solution for preserving independence, promoting safety, and improving quality of life for those living with early to middle stage cognitive impairment. The team gets 2 years free @linode services, Raspberry Pis, and they demo at @hackinghealthca Cafe!


(Most Market-ready) Brain Friendly Games

 

User-friendly leisure games for those living with the disease. Uses an adaptable gaming concept: the game learns from the user and adjusts accordingly to be at a comfortable difficulty level to stay fun and not become frustrating.


(Best Design) LifeBook

 

A web platform that sends SMS, talking calendar reminders, and video messages straight to grandma’s TV! Her daughter can text a status update, update the calendar with a task, and upload a background feed of messages, music, and family videos. Instant notifications turns the TV on, and the text is automatically read out loud. Future functionality includes importing directly from Dropbox and Google Calendar.


(Most Impact) CareBook

 

CareBook, a web platform that sends SMS, talking calendar reminders, and video messages straight to grandma’s TV! Her daughter can text a status update, update the calendar with a task, and upload a background feed of messages, music, and family videos. Instant notifications turns the TV on, and the text is automatically read out loud. Future functionality includes importing directly from Dropbox and Google Calendar. Everything else is built.


 THE RUNDOWN:

 

Toronto: We had 175+ through our doors and about a hundred participants. We ended up with 14 awesome demos in the end. London: We took the reins there when the organizing group dropped out at the last minute. Rather than abandon London, however, since we’d promised an event in two cities, we pushed ahead anyway and crammed 3 months of logistics, marketing, and promotion into ~3-4 days. About a dozen showed up and 2 teams made it all the way to demo! Here are four hours of stellar content (that’s a link to the playlist) featuring the weekend’s highlights: Friday, September 12th, 2014 Morning speaker panel Afternoon speaker panel Saturday, September 13th, 2014 Welcome Sunday, September 14th, 2014 Demos begin!

 

Demo #1: MindCheck (London)
Demo #2: Stopping Polypharmacy (London)
Demo #3: RecallOnTheGo
Demo #4: Num 1
Demo #5: Tia
Demo #6: Brain Friendly Games (Most Market-ready)
Demo #7: All The Pi (Runner Up #1)
Demo #8: Memento
Demo #9: Alchemist Glove
Demo #10: soundMind
Demo #11: Clarity (Runner Up #2)
Demo #12: LifeBook (Best Design)
Demo #13: CareUmbrella (Grand Prize)
Demo #14: Watch Watch
Demo #15: CareBook (Most Impact)
Demo #16: SafeHaven

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