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.


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

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$10,120 in prizes

Best Tech Solution

Receives $3,000 in cash as well as a 3-month residency at Three76 Hub with specialist mentorship valued at up to $4,620

Runner-Up Tech Solution

Receives $2,000 in cash

Rising Star Award

Receives $500 in cash

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


  • 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: 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.


Dr Mark Flynn

Dr Mark Flynn
Executive Director, Global Impact Cluster for Better Health, Healthcare and Treatment, University of Newcastle

Joseph McCarthy

Joseph McCarthy
CEO, NovaCare

Judging Criteria

  • Innovation:
    How innovative is your solution? Is it an improvement to existing systems or a breakthrough new product/service
  • Solution fit:
    Is there a real problem? Is your solution really going to solve it?
  • Feasibility:
    How likely is the project to work and be accepted by the market / community?
  • Prototype:
    What progress have the team achieved during the hack and how functional is the project?
  • Pitch:
    In the end everything comes down to how well you can see your ideas.