DementiaHack is presented by Facebook, championed by the Canadian & UK Governments, hosted at MaRS, & produced by HackerNest. Sign up at hackernest.com/dementiahack].
Date: Saturday & Sunday, March 4-5, 2017
Venue: MaRS Discovery District, 101 College Street, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7
This DementiaHack subcategory is where staff will announce official DementiaHack info, instructions, & updates; where participants will find/form teams, & where mentors & participants will connect over questions, feedback, & advice.
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
$100K+ IN CASH & PRIZES, MORE TBA
Challenge Set Winners (x4)
- $5000 cash
- 10 hours of legal services from Open LLP
- mentorship from leaders at OMERS Ventures
- mentorship and connections from AGE-WELL plus interview with their funding accelerator program
- meetings with Bayshore Home Health executives
- box tickets to watch the March 13th Raptors/Mavericks game with VIPs
Grand Prize Winner (one team chosen from Challenge Set Winners)
- trip to Boston to pitch to & get mentorship from Harvard faculty & VCs
- 50 hours of legal services from Goodmans LLP 
- demo spot at a major HackerNest event
- lunch with Facebook 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.
- Treat everyone right. <3
- Demos must be functional demos: no slideshows/pure design mockups.
- Fresh code only. APIs and libraries are fine. Winners may have code reviewed; Facebook engineers are pretty sharp!
- You may pre-build hardware (fair, since mobile/web apps are developed for already-built hardware). Bring whatever tools/resources you need; we provide none.
- Teams can have up to 5 members.
- Have excellent personal hygiene.
We reserve the right to eject anyone for violation of any of the rules above, especially #1.
Note: There will be media/press at the events, so if you're not comfortable being on camera and having your likeness show up in promo videos/photos, wear a large hat. ^_^
Second note: DementiaHack organizers and partners are not responsible for nor will be involved in any dispute resolution exercises (ownership, shareholders agreements, IP, etc.) for teams. We suggest you sort these matters out before the hackathon.
Remember, we're all in this together. Go team!