• LeadingAge HackFest

    Oct.30–Nov. 12015, Boston

    Special Thanks to The Asbury Group and Ziegler

  • Engage With Age

    Solving Challenges Related to Aging.

    Special Thanks to The Asbury Group and Ziegler

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Engage With Age!

Boston, MA -- Oct. - Nov. , 2015

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


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

Applications: Are No Longer Being Accepted.

HackFest Judges


Our judges for the 2015 HackFest in Boston (keep scrolling right!)


Friday, Oct. 30th

On Friday from 5 p.m. - 6 p.m., we'll meet for a meet n' greet. Come introduce yourself to fellow participants and to those of us running the event. We'll provide some hot eats and cold drink.

Meet n' Greet

Special Aging Experience

Hacking Begins

Saturday, Oct. 31st

Hacking continues...

Breaking the Fast: Let's Eat!

A bit of breakfast will be served as we head into the home stretch of hacking.


More grub. Does soup count as a meal?

Coffee and Snacks

Let's all go to the lobby...and have ourselves a snack.

A Serving of Supper

All Presentations Turned In

All presentations must be turned in to the HackFest team.


Sunday, Nov. 1st



A.M. Eats

Deep Dive Presentations

Participants Head to LeadingAge General Session

Winners Announced

Monday, Nov. 2nd



Teams will break the fast by eating some grub.

Expo Setup and Lunch

Teams will setup up their tables in the LeadingAge Expo hall and grab some lunch.

People's Choice Award Presentation

The people get a vote!


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 2015 LeadingAge HackFest Will Be Held In


University of Massachusetts Boston

This year we'll have an ocean view! Our event will be held on the University of Massachusetts Boston campus in wicked awesome Dorchester. The event will be held in the Ryan Lounge, which is on the 3rd floor of McCormack Hall.


Getting Here: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles


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


BOS, BBY, and BON. Those are the 3 Amtrak stations around Beantown. Again, the planning rests on your shoulders! Good luck.


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. Just remember where you PAAAHHHKK ya CAAHHHH. If you'd like to leave the driving to someone else, check out if a bus route to Boston 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 our 2015 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 202-508-9479 or via email: MWanca-Daniels@LeadingAge.org.

2015 Presenting

2015 Champions

2015 Patrons

2015 Sustaining

Friends and Media


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Contact info

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Press Inquiries: Craig Collins-Young

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