>>> Taken from a lovely email we sent recently <<<
We’re producing DementiaHack – a hackathon to improve the lives of people with dementia and their caregivers – with the British Consulate-General Toronto in half a fortnight (Sep 12-14). Researchers. Clinicians. Cheeky tech nerds. British accents.
WHY THIS HACKATHON IS DIFFERENT
It’s not just about raising awareness and it’s not fire-and-forget. The British government is jolly well committed to developing and commercializing effective prototypes that emerge from DementiaHack. This means winners get flown around the UK/Canada on a roadshow to demo their project(s) to major companies and healthcare/medical conferences; they get introductions to potential clients, investors, and partners; and they get the prestige of knowing a country’s government really, really wants them to succeed. Blimey.
This is a rather posh deal. Yes, officially, there’s only one grand prize. But wait a tick. Think about this for a second.
What if EIGHT amazing teams emerge with cracking, impactful, commercially-viable prototypes? Sure, only one team will get their flights paid for. But does that mean the government will totally ignore the other seven? Not bloody likely. That’d be daft and against their mandate, since the whole point of this is to get more products out there helping people.
So forget about the “THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE WINNER” rubbish. That’s arbitrary. Show up. Don’t just build for a prize; build for the person whose life you’re going to help make better. Build something that takes the biscuit; something so brill that it’d be barmy NOT to support you, grand prize or otherwise. And we’ll make magic happen.
Hope you’re ready.
CALL TO ACTION
- Sign up: http://hckrn.st/DementiaHack (has latest schedule!)
- Form teams: http://hckrn.st/dhteams (our judging platform, so you have to register anyway)
- We always need volunteers. Come be a part of a vibrant tech community. Give back. Hang out with tech nerds. Take a gander at how HackerNest runs hackathons. Have fun, be chuffed to bits! Please volunteer: http://hckrn.st/1xqItUK <3
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CALL TO ACTION #2
We always need volunteers. Come be a part of a vibrant tech community. Give back. Hang out with tech nerds. Take a gander at how HackerNest runs hackathons. Have fun, be chuffed to bits! Please volunteer: http://hckrn.st/1xqItUK <3