WHAT is the LeadingAge HackFest?
The first annual LeadingAge HackFest will challenge participants to “Engage with Age” by creating a technology-driven tool to improve the lives of older adults and their families.
The tool you and your team develop could be:
- An app.
- A website.
- An interactive online experience.
- 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 HackFest.
Tools will be judged based on originality, on usability, on feasibility, on design relevance, and on being the “most developed” by the end of the session.
- 1st place: $5,000.
- 2 runners up: $2,000
- People’s Choice: $1,000
HackFest is organized by:
LeadingAge HackFest is supported by:
The 2013 LeadingAge HackFest, co-sponsored by Ziegler and LeadingAge, is an event designed to bring together participants with a variety of backgrounds to create technology-driven tools aimed at improving the lives of older adults and their caregivers. The idea was conceived by Lili Dwight, CIO, It’s Never 2 Late and Chip Burns, CAST Commissioner, and coordinated by LeadingAge CAST, the University of North Texas, The Asbury Group, and It’s Never 2 Late. Cash Prizes are donated by The Asbury Group.
Who should participate?
Students in the following fields are especially encouraged to participate. We are looking for the following participants to be part of the 2013 LeadingAge HackFest:
- Healthcare Professionals.
- Cultural Anthropologist/Sociologists.
- Marketing Professionals.
- Business Professionals.
- Family or Professional Caregivers.
- Persons passionate about the field of aging.
Participants will compete in teams of 4-6 people. Individuals will be matched up with a team 2 weeks prior to the event.
HOW do I apply to HackFest?
Applications for 2013 are now closed.
Here are the Hackfest official rules:
- All coding and building for the Submission must be during the HackFest.
- It’s OK to hack! Feel free to use any tools, tricks, gems, shortcuts, or workarounds you’ve discovered over the years to help you build more quickly. Use any frameworks, hosting service, etc. you please.
- Ownership and IP* — Teams have full ownership of everything they build at our events and are free to do with it as they wish.
- Create a prototype of an innovative solution to a problem.
- It’s a hackathon! Use whatever languages or hacks you have in your arsenal. Show us hardware, software, new concepts or anything you’d like.
- Respect all views, ideas, and opinions. Your team is made up of a fractal collage of people from all walks of life — enjoy each other!
- Have fun!
*If you think you want to pursue the commercialization of your invention, please familiarize yourself with Intellectual Property laws and be prepared to negotiate an equitable apportionment with your teammates. More information at USPTO.gov.
WHERE will the HackFest take place?
The HackFest will be part of the LeadingAge Annual Meeting and EXPO, which will take place in Hall A of the Dallas Convention Center, Oct. 25-27.
WHEN are the HackFest events?
The LeadingAge HackFest will take place Oct. 25-27.
Optional: Friday, Oct. 25
7p.m. – 9 p.m.
Meet ‘n Greet at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel (Majestic Room 1, 37th Floor) with teams and organizers.
Day 1: Saturday, Oct. 26
8:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Sign in and breakfast. Teams meet and settle in.
9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Afternoon snacks: Twinkies and such.
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Break. Room closed for airing.
7 p.m. – ??
Evening snacks: More Twinkies!
Day 2: Sunday, Oct. 27
8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Breakfast and final touches.
9:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Deep-dive presentations (15 minutes for each team).
12:15 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Judges provide feedback.
12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Lunch. Judges confer.
1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Entrepreneurs/Start Up Presentations.
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Wine and cheese reception, and People’s Choice voting.