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)
- $5000 cash
- 10 hours of legal services from [Open LLP](http://openllp.com)
- mentorship from leaders at [OMERS Ventures](http://omersventures.com)
- mentorship from leaders at [Tandem Expansion Fund](http://tandemexpansion.com)
- lunch & learn session with the [Ontario Brain Institute](http://braininstitute.ca)
- mentorship & connections from [AGE-WELL](http://agewell-nce.ca) plus interview with their funding accelerator program
- a 1.5-hour design thinking session with experts at the [Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation](http://www.ccabhi.com/)
- meetings with [Bayshore Home Health](http://bayshore.ca) executives
- box tickets to watch the March 13th [Raptors/Mavericks](http://www.theaircanadacentre.com/events/event.asp?event_id=1562#sthash.iNJ6iG1A.dpbs) game with VIPs
- automatic interview with the [MaRS Health Venture Services](https://www.marsdd.com/venture-services/health-venture-services/?s=&post_types%5B%5D=company) program
Grand Prize Winner (one team chosen from Challenge Set Winners)
- trip to Boston to pitch to & get mentorship from [Harvard](http://hmfpinformatics.org/) faculty & VCs
- 50 hours of legal services from [Goodmans LLP](http://goodmans.ca) 
- a business conferencing line from [Telus](http://telus.com)
- 1-year MSDN Ultimate subscription for each team member from [Microsoft](http://microsoft.com)
- demo spot at a major [HackerNest](http://hackernest.com) event
- automatic admission to the [MaRS Health Venture Services](https://www.marsdd.com/venture-services/health-venture-services/?s=&post_types%5B%5D=company) program
- tickets to the [FITC](http://fitc.ca) conference in April
- tickets to the [Annual NICE Knowledge Exchange](http://www.nicenet.ca/anke-2017) in May
- tickets to the [Schlegel-UW RIA](http://www.the-ria.ca/) and [Schlegel Villages](http://schlegelvillages.com/) Innovation Summit in June
- a 3-hour facilitated innovation session with Design Leads at the [Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation](http://www.ccabhi.com/)
- audience with [Home Instead](http://homeinstead.com) VP of Innovation, David Weigelt
- lunch with [Facebook](http://facebook.com) & [Instagram](http://Instagram.com) Canada Managing Director Jordan Banks
 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
#4. HackerNest Hackathon ProTips™
ProTip #1: Utilize your mentors
Many hackathon projects are very clever and technically complex, but winners of serious hackathons are most often determined by how useful and relevant their projects are. Our expert mentors deal with their challenges on a daily basis and will give you invaluable insights. Talk to them. Past winners all have.
Mentors are already posting tons of advice on the forums and love helping teams. They are your best shot at ensuring what you’re building is the right solution for the problem you’re tackling.
ProTip #2: 99% of the time, focus on doing one thing really well
You’ve heard this one before. Do one thing really, really well, so that it stands out as a shining star. Unless, of course, the main selling point of your product is a combination of features… In that case, feel free to ignore this ProTip.
ProTip #3: Get people to test
Beg, borrow, and steal to get user feedback on what you’re building. You work so closely on it that you’re bound to lose objectivity and miss obvious bugs/workflow inconsistencies that others will pick up easily.
ProTip #4: Document everything
…development 101. This will save your sanity. Promise.
ProTip #5: Design matters
Hackathon demos tend to be heavily visually-oriented; the more polished your demo, the more confidence judges will have in it. Technical complexity is great, but beautiful technical complexity is greater. Put in the time to make things shine.
ProTip #6: Presentation skills matter
You might have a brilliant product, but if you can’t communicate why it’s useful or valuable, you’re dead in the water. Practice your demos. Get a mentor or volunteer to watch – then instead of asking if they think it’s good/bad, ask them to explain what your product does. If they hit the nail on the head, you probably will, too.
ProTip #7: Don’t reinvent wheels
Do existing libraries and APIs and PaaS provide decent functionality that can save you time? Great. Use them. You’re building a prototype. You need presentable, not perfect.
ProTip #8: Start at the end
Work backwards from your demo – you only have 3 minutes to show off, so make sure you build the core UI/screens you need to actually demonstrate your functionality first. Most else is secondary.