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U.S. Department of State – HackerNest Fishackathon Announcement

Posted by on April 21, 2017 @ 8:22pm | 0 comments

U.S. Department of State – HackerNest Fishackathon Announcement

HackerNest is pleased to announce a fantastic new partnership with the U.S. Department of State to produce their Fishackathon global hackathon series. To see the U.S. Department of State’s original, full release, click here.   The U.S. Department of State’s Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships (S/GP) is pleased to announce a new partnership with HackerNest, a nonprofit organization and movement that builds local tech communities worldwide, to carry forward Fishackathon. First organized by S/GP to coincide with the “Our Ocean” conference in 2014, Fishackathon is a public-private partnership hackathon that aims to capitalize on the expansion of digital solutions to address sustainable fishery challenges. Hundreds of technologists and entrepreneurs around the world spend a weekend competing to build practical tech solutions to endemic problems defined by fisheries experts. Panels of distinguished judges evaluate these demos to select winners from each participating Fishackathon city, awarding the very best team the coveted Global Grand Prize. Five cities across the United States took part in Fishackathon’s first year. By its third year, Fishackathon had expanded its reach to aquariums, tech hubs, and participants in more than 40 international cities. A veteran producer of blockbuster cause-hackathons with partners that include Facebook, Airbnb, and the UK and Canadian Governments, HackerNest has run tech community-building events in 33 cities across 14 countries on five continents. The organization’s global reach and mission of economic development through tech proliferation make it uniquely well-positioned to continue growing the Fishackathon crowd-sourcing model and brand. HackerNest and S/GP will launch Fishackathon 2017 on the weekend of November 18-19 in celebration of World Fisheries Day on November 21. For more information, please visit— Fishackathon: fishackathon.co | @Fishackathon HackerNest: hackernest.com | @HackerNest | fb.me/HackerNest Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships: state.gov/s/partnerships | @GPatState | fb.me/GPatState For media inquiries, please contact Anita Ostrovsky at [email protected] or Shaharris at...

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CourtHack Returns, version 2.0. April 22-32, 2017

Posted by on March 24, 2017 @ 6:04pm | 0 comments

CourtHack Returns, version 2.0. April 22-32, 2017

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 the best shot at not only taking home a prize, but also at forming a viable business based on their solution. Partnering mentors up with teams helps ensure that the projects they’re working on are relevant and useful. HackerNest helps push hackathon projects towards market readiness. Registration for CourtHack 2.0 is now open! Spots are limited, so be sure to secure yours early. We’ll see you in New Jersey on April 22!   Here’s a glimpse of how some of our planning meetings go (can’t wait for more of...

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DementiaHack 2017 Winners!

Posted by on March 8, 2017 @ 10:15pm | 0 comments

DementiaHack 2017 Winners!

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 and Alzheimer’s community and Toronto’s tech ecosystem. Finals Judges 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 Grand Prize Winner List of winnings here Memo is a personal assistant that passively collects and analyzes patient data through natural voice. Memo also collects the frequency of patient’s repeated questions allowing researchers to measure the patient’s cognitive ability. Challenge Set 1 Winners Bright Guide is a cognitive assistance tool that helps families tend to persons living with Dementia. Bright Guide provides secure audio-video recording and playback to create instructions for activities of daily living. This reduces caregiver stress for having to repeatedly verbalize caregiving steps. In earlier years of Dementia the care recipient can use this system independently. Challenge Set 2 Winners Rescue is the dependable and ultra-responsive go-to platform providing the professional care giving service sought by primary and often sole caregivers for their loved ones struggling with mid to late stage dementia in a moment’s notice. The platform can also provide on-demand help for institutions who may need a skilled PSW to fill in at the last minute. Challenge Set 3 Winners ConnectDem is a platform that connects volunteers who are looking to give back to the community through services with long term care homes (caring for dementia patients). The volunteer would help out with caring for dementia patients while the care homes will be able to make an informed choice about which volunteers are good choices for which patients. You can check out all the finished projects here. On behalf of Facebook and The UK Government, HackerNest would like to thank each and every participant who joined us, shared their passion...

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The Importance of Dementia Awareness Among Technologists

Posted by on February 17, 2017 @ 2:03pm | 0 comments

The Importance of Dementia Awareness Among Technologists

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 the answer to this question is technology. As we witness the rise of inclusive design, wearable technology, and healthtech, we see more and more practical, adoptable solutions to common problems. This showcases the impact of technology and applies new, outside-the-box thinking to ongoing challenges. While many in healthtech and tech spaces are working to address issues facing our seniors and aging populations, there’s a stigma surrounding elderly people and technology that can often deter technologists from focusing on the challenges they face. Many of us have an ‘I taught my parent/grandparent how to use a smartphone’ story; however, writing off seniors as tech-illiterate is a huge mistake with immeasurable consequences. If tech exists – or can be developed! – that makes senior care, dementia and Alzheimer’s care specifically, easier, safer, more efficient, then we should promote it! Instead of sticking with the attitude ‘elderly people won’t use this’, we should be thinking “How can I solve this problem with technology elderly people can use?” Not to mention, myriad caregivers including family members, personal support workers, nurses, doctors, specialists, and more who could be tremendously impacted by using new technologies. We often turn a blind eye to problems that aren’t directly our own; if you’ve never had a loved one living with dementia or Alzheimer’s, or don’t work in healthcare, it’s easy to avoid thinking about solving problems they face. Most technology revolves around making life more convenient, and that conversation often puts younger people/families at the forefront. But we should know and do better, so let’s not allow technology to abandon our aging populations. DementiaHack, the world’s foremost dementia hackathon, returns to Toronto March 4-5, 2017. Register now to create impactful solutions that could – quite literally – change...

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Tech That Helps us Daily

Posted by on February 9, 2017 @ 7:27pm | 0 comments

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 my daily life, because really, the best technology is always easy-to-use, helpful, and accessible! (Disclaimer: these are listed in no particular order and this should not be considered endorsement, just the author’s opinion on the products. We receive no compensation in exchange for these write-ups.) Google Sheets: This one is easy, simple, known by all, and used by a few. Spreadsheets have this horrible connotation of being a boring application for professionals only. However, this app makes it simple to create budgets, calendars, and a multitude of other tasks that can help you stay organized in any and every aspect of your life. The best part of it is, it’s free and syncs across all your devices. Personally, I use it for budgeting. I created a budget tracker on my desktop and as I go about my day, I fill it out on my mobile each time I spend. It’s completely customizable and seriously does the trick. Best of all, it’s totally based off my preferences. SoundHound: Ever have a song just stuck in your head with no way of figuring out what it is? This is where SoundHound excels. This app can recognize a song just by you humming it. Along with conventional functions such as recognizing songs playing in the background, and even following along with lyrics provided, this app can store your searches and even connect you to the services that provide the songs you find. See? Simple. Duolingo: I love this app! For anyone who’s been wanting to learn a language, this is a great jumping off point. Its gamification of learning a language allows you to play against other users and moves you from beginner to someone functional in the language. With over 22 different languages to choose from and more on the way, Duolingo can set you up for that next vacation. Try these out if you haven’t already! We’d love to hear your thoughts, and if you have apps that you think are great, let us know! You can comment below or join the...

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January Tech Social Pictures

Posted by on February 3, 2017 @ 9:15pm | 0 comments

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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The Flatiron School and HackerNest Web Development Scholarship

Posted by on January 26, 2017 @ 5:57pm | 0 comments

The Flatiron School and HackerNest Web Development Scholarship

Exciting announcement for those interested in learning to code! We’ve partnered with the Flatiron School, an outcomes-focused coding bootcamp, to offer one full scholarship and nine 50% scholarships to their Online Web Developer Program! Here are the details: One scholarship recipient will receive a full scholarship. Monthly tuition of $1500 $750 with financing available for 9 finalist scholarship recipients. Get your questions answered in real-time by our instructional team. Direct feedback from instructors via code reviews and 1:1 project critiques. Job Guarantee, plus comprehensive Career Coaching, for students in the U.S. 800+ hours of rigorous coursework proven to get students jobs as developers. Learn at your own pace on our community-driven Online Campus, Learn.co. If it sounds too good to be true, we’ve got news for you: It isn’t! Any member of HackerNest’s community is eligible to apply. All you’ve got to do is fill out this simple application! Applications will be accepted until February 9th. Good luck!...

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RBC Sponsors HackerNest Throughout North America

Posted by on January 24, 2017 @ 2:39pm | 0 comments

RBC Sponsors HackerNest Throughout North America

Starting January 2017, we are thrilled to announce a partnership between RBC and HackerNest to promote over 16 cities in North America. “We’re proud that RBC – a huge household name – is sponsoring HackerNest across North America,” says Shaharris Beh, CEO of HackerNest. By sponsoring these communities, RBC helps further the HackerNest mission of economic development through technology.  We’re building a community around the people, engaging with technology, and endeavouring to make an impact in our world for the better, regardless of location, skill level, coding language, or area of focus. Harnessing these minds can lead to fantastic ideation; such as we’ve seen through our incredible hackathons every year. By empowering and building local tech communities throughout North America and around the world, we’re also strengthening and encouraging individuals to connect with one another and create! Brilliant products and fantastic ideas have been born from Tech Socials and HackerNest tech communities, and it’s this big thinking that builds and supports our economies. We’re so happy to have RBC on board, and look forward to the great work we’ll do together. ...

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