Hackathon to Help the Elderly Coming to Dallas

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LeadingAge, an organization dedicated to helping improve the lives of the elderly, is putting on a hackathon during their annual meeting and expo happening at the Dallas Convention Center October 27th-30th.

Anyone interested in participating (and they are really encouraging college students to come out) has until Sept 6th to apply to participate.

Here are the full details via LeadingAge.org:

University students and others have until Sept. 6 to accept LeadingAge’s challenge to create a technology-driven tool to improve the lives of older adults and their families. That’s the deadline to register for the first annualLeadingAge HackFest, which takes place Oct. 26 and Oct. 27 during the LeadingAge Annual Meeting.

The HackFest is sponsored by Ziegler, a LeadingAge Partner. It is being organized in collaboration with CAST Patron The Asbury Communities, CAST Supporter It’s Never 2 Late and the University of North Texas, a CAST Associate.

The LeadingAge Annual Meeting and EXPO takes place at the Dallas Convention Center on Oct. 27-30.

HackFest: Collaboration and Cash Prizes

HackFest participants will enjoy 2 days filled with high-energy collaboration with peers from a variety of disciplines. In addition, teams with the most promising tools will walk away from the event with cash prizes:

  • $5,000 for the first-place team.
  • $2,000 each for two runners-up.
  • $1,000 for the team voted “People’s Choice” by conference attendees.

Cash prizes are provided by The Asbury Communities.

How the HackFest Will Work

Individuals entering the HackFest will be assigned to teams of 4-6 members 2 weeks before the event.

Each team will begin work at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 26 to design its technology tool and develop a plan for how that tool might be implemented. All coding and building for the tool must take place during the HackFest.

Teams will make presentations to — and receive feedback from — the HackFest judges on Sunday morning, Oct. 27. The judges will announce the winners on Sunday afternoon. The People’s Choice voting takes place during a Sunday wine and cheese reception.

Tool Development and Judging

LeadingAge has created 18 sample scenarios to give prospective HackFest participants some insights into the issues that their technology tool might address. Team members are encouraged to work with an aging services provider coach, older adults or caregivers to determine which issue their tool will address. That tool might be:

  • A smartphone or computer application.
  • A website.
  • An interactive online experience.
  • A device.

Tools will be judged based on:

  • Originality.
  • Usability.
  • Feasibility.
  • Design relevance.
  • How developed it is by the end of the HackFest.

Who Should Participate?

Students in the following fields are encouraged to participate:

  • Programming.
  • Engineering.
  • Design.
  • Gerontology.
  • Administration.
  • Health care.
  • Cultural anthropology/sociology.
  • Marketing.
  • Business.
  • Family or professional caregiving.
  • Persons passionate about the field of aging.

The HackFest Application Timeline

Submit your HackFest application by Sept. 6, 2013. Please read the HackFest rules and legal disclosures before applying.

Each applicant will be contacted by Mon., Sept. 16, 2013 if his or her application has been accepted.

Why a HackFest?

The HackFest was created to promote aging services technologies in anticipation of 3 imminent challenges:

    • The coming dramatic surge in the aging population.
    • The desire of those seniors to remain independent for as long as possible.
    • The shrinking long-term care workforce.

“Now is the time to engage more innovators to develop meaningful solutions in partnership with providers and create awareness,” says CAST Executive Director Majd Alwan. “This Hackfest will help do just that.”

For More Information about HackFest

For information about participating on a team—or mentoring or supporting a team—visit LeadingAgeHackFest.org or contact Sharon Sullivan.

Bradley is the founder of LAUNCH DFW and an avid proponent/supporter of the DFW Startup Community. Bradley is also the founder of Skyrise, a community, communications and concierge platform for commercial office buildings.