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.
Vice President, Innovation, Home Instead Senior Care
Acting Director General, Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention, Public Health Agency of Canada
Dr. John Preece
Sector Development Officer, Life Sciences, City of Toronto
Senior Associate, OMERS Ventures
Board Member, Ontario Dementia Advisory Group
Chief Technology Officer, HackerNest
Managing Director, Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation
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 and tech experience, all our mentors and judges, all our sponsors and community partners, our amazing volunteers, and the staff of MaRS Discovery District for an incredible weekend.
A special thank you is required for our presenting partners, Facebook and the UK Government for their enthusiasm, dedication, and amazing contributions to the DementiaHack cause. We couldn’t have done this without you.