8th August 2014 Toronto, Canada
Toronto dementia hackathon: 12-14 September
You may remember that back in March we mentioned an exciting hackathon event to build a software platform for the self- and community management of dementia. We can announce today that this event will take place over 12-14 September 2014 in Toronto, and 11, 13-14 September 2014 in London.
Never shy of large or complex projects, SIN Canada and UK Trade and Investment opted to run a trans-Atlantic parallel hackathon in order to lower the barrier to entry for as many people as possible in both Canada and the UK. While the time difference means that coding in the two cities won’t happen at exactly the same time, the judging will happen simultaneously and teams will pitch to both local and remote judges. We hope to bring out of this a working, user-needs-based application for people living with dementia to manage their condition.
For the Toronto hackathon, we have partnered with the hardworking folks at HackerNest to deliver what promises to be a fun and engaging event. HackerNest is an international non-profit focused on building supportive tech communities everywhere and strengthening local ecosystems through unpretentious social events and (hardware) hackathons. With roots in tech and a strong social mission, they are the ideal partner for this project. Interested? Registration is now open!
With so many dementia-related things going on in mid-September (the Global Action Against Dementia Legacy Event, associated World Youth Discussion Series, this hackathon and the OECD dementia summit), we’ll have a lot to report on by the time the next Legacy Event rolls around. As always, watch this space!