• LeadingAge HackFest


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  • Engage With Age

    Solving Challenges Related to Aging.

    Special Thanks to The Asbury Group and Ziegler

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Engage With Age!

Nashville, TN -- October - , 2014

The LeadingAge HackFest is a 2-day event that challenges teams of 4-6 participants to “Engage with Age” by creating a technology-driven tool aimed at improving the lives of older adults and their families.

Tools may include software applications, websites, interactive online experiences, or devices.



Event hosted by:

The Why

Innovation. Innovation often comes from unexpected places, from creative people without any attachments to the status quo. There is so much opportunity for technology to revolutionize our experience of aging -- let’s reimagine technology to help us age well!

The Who

You. Like most hacking events, we're looking for:

Front-End Developers
Back-End Developers

However, unlike most hacking events, we want:

Business Experts
... or anyone passionate about the field of aging

Apply as a team or let us find you a good fit. Either way, get those LeadingAge HackFest applications submitted ASAP.

The What

Tools. The tool you and your team develops could be an app, a website, an interactive online experience, or a device. Participants will have 1 day to design and build their tool. Tools don’t need to be fully developed or complete, but presentations should include a plan for how the project could be implemented and launched. Participants will keep intellectual property rights to anything they create during the hackathon.

Tools will be judged based on originality, usability, feasibility, design relevance, and on being ‘most developed’ by the end of the session.

Grand Prize: $5,000

2 Runners Up: $2,000

People's Choice: $1,000

Application Deadline: Sept. 5, 2014

HackFest Judges

Our 2014 Judges

We've gathered some really smart people to decide which tool should win.


Friday, Oct. 17th

On Friday from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. we'll meet at the hotel for a meet n' greet. Come introduce yourself to fellow participants and those of us running the event. We'll provide some hot eats and cold drink. *Attendance is optional.*

Meet n' Greet (Optional)

Saturday, Oct. 18th

Saturday is the start of the big event.

Grub and the Opening Ceremony

Opening remarks from our emcee and a review of the day's agenda.

Hacking Begins

Let's get ready to ruuuuumble


Second round of grub will be served. Enjoy!

Break and Snack Time

Wash Your Hands for Supper

A fine hotel-cooked meal will be served.

Team Check

Sunday, Oct. 19th

Teams will finish up their projects and prepare to present to the judges.

Breakfast is Served

We feed you pretty well at HackFest!


1st Round of Presentations

Break and Snacks

2nd Round of Presentations

Judges Confer

Closing Hors d'Oeuvres and Cocktails

Glen Campbell I'll Be Me: Film Screening and Concert (optional)

Monday, Oct. 20th

The winners will be announced. And teams present projects at LeadingAge Annual Meeting.

Winners Announced

General Session Event: All teams introduced, winners announced, and awards presented.


Scenarios and Situations

These scenarios are provided to illustrate the challenges of aging- we hope you find them inspiring!

  • These scenarios will give you a better understanding of some situations and challenges faced by older adults and their families.


The 2014 LeadingAge HackFest Will Be Held At

Renaissance Nashville Hotel

611 Commerce St. Nashville, TN.

The Renaissance Nashville is located in downtown...yup, you guessed it...Nashville at 611 Commerce St. We'll be gathered in the Grand Ballroom during the main event. A limited number of needs-based travel scholarships will be awarded to applicants who request consideration. If awarded, these scholarships cover travel and hotel expenses.


Getting Here: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles


The closest place to land a plane is at Nashville International Airport. We'll leave it up to you to find the cheapest flight.


We removed the train graphic, because the truth is, there isn't a train station in Nashville. The closest Amtrak stations are actually in Memphis or Louisville, KY. However, if a straight shot via plane or bus are not in the cards for you, a train to Memphis with bus ride to Nashville could be an alternate solution. Again, the planning rest on your shoulders! Good luck.


The hotel is located at 611 Commerce St. Nashville, TN. If you're driving to HackFest, we recommend using your favorite navigation application to get guide you to the hotel. We like Waze, but whatever works best for you. If you'd like to leave the driving to someone else, check out if a bus route to Nashville is available in your area. Greyhound is a popular service, but Boltbus and Megabus may also be options for you to consider.


Sponsorship plays a major role in the success of the LeadingAge HackFest.

We’re searching for companies interested in supporting the event’s mission and in associating your products with innovation that makes the world a better place to grow old. As a sponsor, you will have a unique opportunity to connect your brand with solutions for this rapidly growing population on a whole new level.

Sponsorship Information

Contact Margaret Wanca-Daniels at 757-463-0323 or via email: MWanca-Daniels@LeadingAge.org.




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Get in touch

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Contact info

We are happy to answer any HackFest-related questions. Please use the above contact form or one of the options listed below this message! We'll get to your message as soon as we can.

General Inquiries:

Press Inquiries: Emily Wilson EWilson@LeadingAge.org

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