Help alleviate the world's ageing population crisis
New Futures Hackathon for Aged Care 2018 is a health-focused hackathon for people of all backgrounds and experience who share a passion for technology, design, innovation and making the world a better place. Meet new people, be exposed to fresh ideas, learn new skills and build creative, original work.WHY AGED HEALTHCARE?
The world’s ageing population will have far-reaching implications for society. Direct challenges for health systems will include changing health profiles, increased demand for health service use, and rising health costs.
The challenges are twofold: first, the rapidly growing group of ‘old old’ (85 and over) people who have a range of typical age-related health problems, for example, arthritis, dementia and cancer; and secondly, the younger cohort entering the ‘65 and over’ age bracket with a larger burden of lifestyle-related diseases (for example, type 2 diabetes) than previous generations.
Further, social changes among the next generation of older people—such as greater understanding and awareness of health issues and greater expectations of health services—pose additional challenges. These challenges may influence future models of health-care delivery and engagement.
Aged care challenges
Focus your solution on the following challenges:
Promoting good health across the lifespan
Enabling healthy ageing
Supporting socioeconomic participation
Enhancing productivity in health-care delivery
- Attendees from all backgrounds, genders, and geographies are welcome.
- There is no age restriction to attend the hackathon. In case you are under 18, you need a signed waiver from the parent/legal guardian authorising you to attend the hackathon. The waiver form is available to download from the hackathon website.
- There is no country restriction, but you must be eligible to receive prizes (in case you win) and you are responsible for paying any taxes on the prize winnings.
All projects must be submitted by 5:00 PM (AEST) Saturday 12 May 2018 to the following Github Repository under your team name: https://github.com/uon-i2n/aged-care-hack. No updates can be made past this time. Following this deadline, you will then have 1 hour to prepare your 5-minute pitch.
At 6:00 PM Teams have 5 minutes to pitch their solution to the judging panel.
How to enter
Pre-registration via Eventbrite is compulsory. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/new-futures-hackathon-for-aged-care-2018-tickets-44626872176
Cost of participation is $20 + nominal transaction fees.
All ticketing proceeds will be donated to the Live Well, Age Well community program for older adults developed by UON’s Priority Research Centre for Generational Health and Ageing in partnership with retirement villages and communities.
Dr Mark Flynn
Executive Director, Global Impact Cluster for Better Health, Healthcare and Treatment, University of Newcastle
How innovative is your solution? Is it an improvement to existing systems or a breakthrough new product/service
Is there a real problem? Is your solution really going to solve it?
How likely is the project to work and be accepted by the market / community?
What progress have the team achieved during the hack and how functional is the project?
In the end everything comes down to how well you can see your ideas.