This thread was home to all official DementiaHack 2017 info. The event was a huge success, receiving universal acclaim. Check out our short roundup video here:
- $150K+ In Cash & Prizes
- Challenge Sets
- Finals Judges
DementiaHack was presented by Facebook, championed by the Canadian & UK Governments, hosted at MaRS, & produced by HackerNest. Our Co-Chairs were Jordan Banks (Managing Director, Facebook and Instagram Canada) and Kevin McGurgan OBE (Director-General for the UK Department of International Trade in Canada and Consul-General Toronto). Sign up.
Date: Saturday & Sunday, March 4-5, 2017
Venue: MaRS Discovery District, 101 College Street, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7
Travel info. Find a team. Get advice from mentors.
Challenge Set Winners (x4)
Grand Prize Winner (one team chosen from Challenge Set Winners)
 Always read the fine print! Legal consultation (i) is subject to law society professional rules (including clearance of conflicts and client identification) and (ii) includes the lawyer’s time but not any third party expenses that may be incurred in, for example, setting up a business.
- a pair of tickets to see John Legend in concert!
These are some of the most common and endemic challenges faced by the dementia community; solve them and you’ll improve the lives of millions. Our challenges are suggestions and guidance, not restrictions: fit the theme, come up with a working solution, and you’ll get to demo.
CS1: Diagnosed individuals need help with:
- cueing everyday tasks in a simple and sequential order
- taking medication safely and consistently
- coherent communication to accommodate for declining communication abilities
CS2: Family caregivers need help with:
- emergency alerting and notification systems in the household (e.g. when appliance is left on, a shower runs for over an hour, etc.)
- failover and emergency notification systems in the event a primary caregiver suddenly becomes unavailable
- tracking and monitoring movement of diagnosed individuals outside of the home, i.e. to address wandering
CS3: Institutional caregivers/clinicians need help with:
- staying updated with patient medical history and medication dispensing programs in multiple-caregiver/patient settings
- safely and comfortably preventing bedsores
- easy data reporting and tracking to help better gauge where patients are in the spectrum for delivering appropriate care
CS4: Scientists and researchers need help with:
- collecting and having access to ‘real-life’ cognitive and memory processing data
- collecting more accurate and consistent health/environmental data, e.g. medical diagnoses, job, proximity to power plants, etc.
- finding eligible volunteers to participate in research studies/trials
David Weigelt, Vice President, Innovation, Home Instead Senior Care
Gerry Gallagher, Acting Director General, Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention, Public Health Agency of Canada
Dr. John Preece, Sector Development Officer, Life Sciences, City of Toronto
Megh Gupta, Senior Associate, OMERS Ventures
Phyllis Fehr, Board Member, Ontario Dementia Advisory Group
Robin Tooр, Chief Technology Officer, HackerNest
Ron Riesenbach, Managing Director, Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation
Salim Teja, Executive Vice President, Ventures, MaRS Discovery District