view DementiaHack Toronto 2015


Our tremendously successful DementiaHack returns to Toronto March 2017 and aims to create hardware and software solutions for those living with dementia and for their dedicated caregivers. This hackathon will once again prove to be an inspiring and impactful approach to tackling endemic challenges facing the dementia community.

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Previous Prizes

Winners from the last DementiaHack won over $175,000 in cash and prizes such as:

Grand Prize

Winner: MABLE

UK business trip to demo at UKHealthTech Conference; OBI pitch opportunities; lunches with TechCrunch Editor, OMERS Ventures CEO, UK Science & Innovation Officer

Facebook Prize

Winner: TakeMeHome

Trip to Silicon Valley to tour Facebook Instagram, Messenger, and Oculus HQs; 5 hrs of consulting from Facebook Creative Shop; $10,000 of Facebook advertising credits; lunch with Facebook Canada Managing Director, Jordan Banks.

Challenge Sets

Winners: TakeMeHome, DementiaTalk, I Am Not My Disease, MABLE

$5,000 cash; 40 hours of consulting from Sid Lee; 10 hours of legal services from Goodmans; 2 hours of consulting from Facebook Creative Shop; 2 workshops with OMERS Ventures; automatic admission into the MaRS Health Venture Services Program; and more!

Previous Sponsors & Partners

A heartfelt thank you to the many sponsors, mentors, advisors, volunteers, partners, organizers, and participants who helped make DementiaHack Toronto 2015 such a great success! You made our mission to enable the development of important, life-saving products for people living with dementia, their caregivers, and the research community a tangible success — something we can all be incredibly proud of.

Authors' signaturesPresented by:Facebook; Supported by: GREAT Britain, Public Health Agency of Canada, Ontario; Hosted by: George Brown College; Produced by: HackerNest

Platinum and Gold Sponsors: Logos
Media Partners and Special thanks: Logos


Photos at the event
Photos at the event

‘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.

Previous Challenges

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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