DementiaHack Toronto 2015 is Complete

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Here’s our final email to all the attendees from DementiaHack Toronto on the weekend of November 7th to 9th. Stoked to see how many people participated, and the dozens of dozens that volunteered their time to make DementiaHack such a success. A great early life for an epic international hackathon series. Up next, NYC in early 2016.

“Hopefully everyone’s recovered from the very epic DementiaHack a couple weeks ago — the organizing team is just about back on our feet. Without further ado, here are your official DementiaHack Toronto 2015 Winners – congratulations all!”

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Hopefully everyone’s recovered from the very epic DementiaHack a couple weeks ago -- the organizing team is just about back on our feet. Without further ado, here are your official DementiaHack Toronto 2015 Winners - congratulations all!

You collectively spent over 10,500 hours at DementiaHack to help better the lives of others. That's pretty impressive; we should all be proud of that.

Monday night’s packed finals opened with a moving address by Jordan Banks, Managing Director of Facebook Canada and DementiaHack Chair, and also featured words of wisdom from dignitaries such as Toronto Mayor John Tory, British Consul-General in Toronto and UK Trade and Investment Director General Kevin McGurgan, Public Health Agency of Canada Director General Rodney Ghali, and Ontario Dementia Advisory Group Board Member Phyllis Fehr.

Announcing winners doesn’t mark the end of DementiaHack, but symbolizes a huge leap forward in our part of the mission to put useful products into the hands of those who need them. We built the launch pad - it’s up to the teams to fly. You’ll find team summaries here: hackernest.com/dementiahack.

# # # Official Numbers # # #

DementiaHack Toronto 2015 far exceeded expectations. Our mentors and judges unanimously agreed that, if put to market, these products would significantly improve the lives of people with dementia and their caregivers. Perfect.

350+ participants
(65% tech, 18% caregiver/clinician/researcher, 10% designer, 7% business/other)

75+ teams (~70 demos)
40% female  |  20% students
15+ Americans who traveled to participate
15+ doctors  |  8 finalists

480+ checked-in attendees
(which means the real number is probably 500+)


75+ volunteers  |  55+ mentors  |  15+ organizers  |  4 challenge sets

1 cause

Note: All refunds processed (kept $0.01 because Eventbrite wipes the record otherwise).

Check for more photos and videos of the hackathon. 
Thank you all for everything you’ve done and continue to do. It is an honor to work in the service of people who care. Thank you for inspiring us. We’d love feedback on how we did and how we can improve - let us know if we can use your (positive!) comments as testimonials to help advance DementiaHack globally. Please email [email protected]


Respectfully,

Team DementiaHack

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