view DementiaHack Toronto 2015



47 million people live with dementia worldwide – 5.1 million in the US alone – with global numbers expected to reach 75 million by 2030. Much effort goes towards the search for a cure that may be decades away, but millions today face overwhelming, heartbreaking challenges daily. The point of DementiaHack is to create products that improve lives today.





Calling all developers, designers, health professionals, marketers, entrepreneurs, and others motivated by the cause to participate!

New event details coming, winter 2017








Grand Prize


Travel and accommodations for a UK business trip to pitch at a large tech conference; intros to potential customers, investors, and acquirers galore.

Ranked Prizes


Substantive cash prizes, intros to investors, health industry decision-makers, etc.


Stay tuned for updates.


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1. Demos must be functional prototypes: no slideshows/pure design mockups.

2. Teams may have up to 5 members.

3. Projects must not have had a public launch prior to Demo Day.

4. Projects must not have received funding prior to Demo Day.


We reserve the right to eject anyone for violation of any of the rules above, especially #5. Just be sunshine and rainbows. Easy!


Note: there will likely be media at all the events, so if you’re not comfortable being on camera and having your likeness show up in noncommercial DementiaHack videos, wear a large hat. <3      




‘Dementia’ describes the various neurodegenerative conditions characterized by reduced cognitive function and memory loss. Today, no treatment exists to cure or stop it.

The World Health Organization estimates that 47+ million people live with dementia worldwide[1].

Global numbers are expected to reach 75 million by 2030. This poses a serious threat to the world’s economies as the funds needed to care for the growing population of those with dementia reaches epic proportions.

Significant effort and funding goes towards the search for a cure, but that may take years, even decades, to come to fruition.

Dementia can be overwhelming; not only for those diagnosed, but also their families and caregivers.

Today, millions of our rapidly aging populations and their loved ones face staggering, often heartbreaking challenges in their daily lives with dementia.

Our focus, however, isn’t pity: it’s practicality.

We partnered with some of the world’s leading dementia experts[2] to distil relevant challenges to guide participants towards the most impactful outcomes. These clearly answer the question: “Who am I helping?” – and will be featured in the most perfect environment for demonstrably effective innovations to emerge: DementiaHack.

Our mission isn’t just to raise awareness, it’s to enable the development of life-improving products that’ll make the world a little lighter for those affected by dementia — today.

[1]  [2] Created in collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Alzheimer’s Societies of Canada, Ontario and Toronto; Mount Sinai Hospital and its Cyril & Dorothy, Joel & Jill Reitman Centre for Alzheimer’s Support and Training; the Heart and Stroke Foundation; the University of Waterloo and its Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program; the University of Toronto and its Tanz Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases; and Baycrest Health Sciences and its Centre for Geriatric Care.




The following are some of the most common and endemic challenges faced; solve them and you’ll improve the lives of millions. That said, these are suggestions, not restrictions: fit the theme, come up with a working solution – and you’ll get to demo.

  • cueing everyday tasks in a simple and sequential order
  • emergency broadcast alerting and notification systems for things like falls, extreme temperature changes, etc.
  • assistive devices that help individuals to maintain independence longer
  • keeping up-to-date with medication dispensing schedule
  • tracking and monitoring movement of diagnosed individuals
  • seamless collection and access to ‘real-life’ cognitive and memory processing data for caregivers/researchers
  • connecting to patients, family and institutional caregivers within the broader community

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