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CourtHack Returns With v. 2.0

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Blog

On the heels of CourtHack 2016’s success in Salt Lake City, HackerNest and the National Center for State Courts are partnering once again to bring you CourtHack 2.0! The event will take place April 22-23, 2017. This year, we’re in the tri-state area in New Brunswick, New Jersey at the New Jersey Law Center. Once again, carefully-curated challenge sets will aim to provide those living in the United States with greater access to justice. Last year, over 75 participants formed 16 teams across four challenge sets. The winner, Robot Lawyer, created a text-based app for navigating and filing court appeals and claims. For their amazing work, they took home $5,500 cash and a trip to Las Vegas to the e-Courts Conference, where they demoed for industry professionals. You can watch them present here. CourtHack 2.0 aims to bring together over 100 technologists, legal professionals, and business leaders to tackle challenge sets around customer experience, transparency, and support for children and parents with regards to the legal system, and more. Hackers will be able to pull from anonymized data and have access to mentors from the National Center for State Courts and other subject matter experts. Our hackathons feature mentors of the highest caliber because we want to give each team...

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DementiaHack 2017 Winners!

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Blog

Inspiring. Amazing. Brilliant. These are just a few of the words our attendees used to describe the third DementiaHack on March 4-5 in Toronto. At a completely sold out, standing room only event at MaRS Discovery District, over 300 participants forming more than 60 teams worked for two straight days to craft and create tech solutions to problems facing the dementia community. In attendance were co-chairs Jordan Banks of Facebook Canada, and Kevin McGurgan of the British Consulate, and Toronto Mayor John Tory to help kick off the event. Split into four challenge sets, DementiaHack was once again the place to be for anyone passionate, interested, and curious about how to improve the lives of people living with dementia, their caregivers, healthcare professionals, and researchers. Mayor John Tory delivering opening remarks at MaRS An esteemed roster of Mentor Judges adjudicated the Science Fair Demos to choose the best of the best from each challenge set. The challenge set winners then performed a live, on-stage demo to the entire crowd of their peers and VIPs including VCs, heads of industry, and subject matter experts. Each team was given 3 minutes to demo, and 2 minutes for questions from the judges. The Finals Judging panel consisted of leaders from the dementia...

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The Importance of Dementia Awareness Among Technologists

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Blog

Our populations are aging. Our populations have always been aging, yes, but it’s no secret that as large numbers of people age – and, notably, live longer – our governments, communities, and healthcare providers need to evolve to suit these new realities. By and large, our hospitals and senior care facilities are not equipped to care for the amount of new patients who require services. Yes, there are care homes and facilities specifically for those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s, however the cost of these options is sometimes, if not often, the barrier to receiving care. Additionally, rural and smaller communities often have incredibly well-trained staff, but dedicated care centres and facilities are often too far from family and community and are therefore not attractive options for those living with dementia. So, we face a dilemma – our healthcare infrastructure was not designed to manage this large a population (564,000 people in Canada are currently living with dementia) of people requiring such specific care. The focus, then, often becomes “How do we keep elderly people safe and comfortable in their homes for a longer period of time?” and “How do we provide an excellent standard of care to all those who need it, regardless of income/money or geography?” We think...

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Tech That Helps us Daily

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Blog

Where would we be without technology, honestly? It’s managed to weave its way into every aspect of my life, and I don’t think I’d have it any other way. I’ve got apps that distract, organize, create, and connect. Technology is more than just something we use to amuse ourselves. It can really help our lives on a daily basis, and has changed the way we interact with other people, yes, but also with our work and education. Tech can do good, and if we can use it effectively, we have the potential to change the world on a pretty grand scale. Why not start with ourselves? Innovation is said to have diminishing growth potential, which means that the more you innovate, the less potential for a product to innovate further. Once a product takes zero time and has zero cost, room for innovation on the product ends. That sounds horrible! I think we need to see this more as an opportunity than an ending. We have the potential to help others, and as long as that desire is real, there will be need for innovation. On that note, have you registered for DementiaHack yet? 😉 I thought it would be neat to highlight three great apps that help me in...

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January Tech Social Pictures

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 in Blog

Probably one of the coolest things about us (and there’re so many cool things about us) is that a Tech Social is a Tech Social is a Tech Social. That is to say, no matter where in the world it takes place, the vibe is the same – great people, a nifty office somewhere, and awesome conversation. Oh, and an occasional beverage or slice of pizza. 😉 But a picture is worth a thousand words, right? Check it out! Toronto Kitchener-Waterloo Boston Ottawa Vancouver Have an awesome pic from a Tech Social you want to share with us? Email [email protected] and be sure to let us know where you took...

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