view DementiaHack Toronto 2015

Presented by Facebook, championed by the Canadian and UK Governments, hosted at MaRS, and produced by HackerNest, DementiaHack inspires the creation of life-improving hardware and software solutions for those living with dementia and their caregivers. Join the world’s foremost dementia hackathon and help change lives.

See all the teams here.



CS1 Winner: Bright Guide

CS2 Winner: Rescue


DementiaHack 2017 Grand Prize Winner: Memo


CS3 Winner: ConnectDem

CS4 Winner: Memo

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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.

To further this important mission, we want to enable as many people as we can to participate in DementiaHack. So if you cannot pay for a ticket, email us and we’ll figure out a way to get you involved.

[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.

Challenge Sets

These are some of the most common and endemic challenges faced by the dementia community; solve them and you’ll improve the lives of millions. Address them directly, or use them to help guide your projects. These challenges are suggestions, not restrictions: fit the theme, come up with a working solution, and you’ll get to demo.

CS1: Diagnosed individuals need help with:

  • cueing everyday tasks in a simple and sequential order
  • taking medication safely and consistently
  • coherent communication to accommodate for declining communication abilities

CS2: Family caregivers need help with:

  • emergency alerting and notification systems in the household (e.g. when appliance is left on, a shower runs for over an hour, etc.)
  • failover and emergency notification systems in the event a primary caregiver suddenly becomes unavailable
  • tracking and monitoring movement of diagnosed individuals outside of the home, i.e. to address wandering

CS3: Institutional caregivers/clinicians need help with:

  • staying updated with patient medical history and medication dispensing programs in multiple-caregiver/patient settings
  • safely and comfortably preventing bedsores
  • easy data reporting and tracking to help better gauge where patients are in the spectrum for delivering appropriate care

CS4: Scientists and researchers need help with:

  • collecting and having access to ‘real-life’ cognitive and memory processing data
  • collecting more accurate and consistent health/environmental data, e.g. medical diagnoses, job, proximity to power plants, etc.
  • finding eligible volunteers to participate in research studies/trials

More Info (Rules & $150K in Cash & Prizes)

Find official rules and prizes, a team, and other useful information here.

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