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  • Engage With Age

    Solving Challenges Related to Aging.

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Nashville, TN -- October - , 2014

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
Medical Students

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.

The first place team will be awarded $5,000.
There will be cash and other prizes for runners-up.

Applications Now Being Accepted

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HackFest Judges


We're still rounding up our judges for this year's HackFest, but check out who we have so far.


Friday, Oct. 17th

On Friday at 6 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 emcee and 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 (Sponsored by TBD)

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 Dinner and Cocktails

Monday, Oct. 20th

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

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 favoriate 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.

You won't find any other event quite like the LeadingAge Hackfest, and we're searching for companies that wish to support our mission and associate their brand with making the world a better place to grow old.

If you're interested, check out some more information about becoming a sponsor, or contact Margaret-Wanca Daniels.





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Get in touch

You read all of that and you still have questions? It's cool. Drop us a line.

Contact info

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Press Inquiries: Emily Wilson EWilson@LeadingAge.org

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