The "Active Ageing Hackathon" was a 2 day hackathon from Aug 16-18 2013 focusing on how we can use technology to help seniors lead healthy, active and independent lives as they age, and continue to be valued and contributing members in their communities. This event was organized by UP Singapore in partnership with the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) and StarHub Community.
Attracting over 120 participants, the weekend brought together seniors, youths, experts and researchers in geriatrics, healthcare professionals, designers and developers.
During the week leading up to the hackathon, participants had the chance to attend a series of talks by experts at the Active Ageing workshop. Participants had access to an array of technologies and data and were given the chance to connect with each other during the workshop. This resulted in some brilliant ideas, providing inspiration for the hackathon itself.
In just 36 hours, 15 teams used the Active Ageing Hackathon as a platform to came up with original prototypes that use data and technology in creative ways to help seniors live more healthy, connected lives in Singapore.
In Singapore, the proportion of citizens over the age of 65 is set to increase from the current 10% to 31% in the next 25 years. This change in demographics will not only pose great challenges, but also provide an opportunity to make Singapore a dynamic and inclusive place for seniors. By promoting a healthy lifestyle, providing tools for skill building and employment and encouraging cross-generational understanding, we can create an environment where seniors can lead vibrant, active lives as they age.
After the Active Ageing Hackathon, eligible teams may be potentially be granted up to $50,000 by NVPC through its Jump Start Fund, which provides early stage funding to jump start ideas involving volunteerism and/or philanthropy, and prototype them.
Dates : Fri, 16th Aug - Sun, 18th Aug 2013
Venue: 16th & 18th Aug 2013 - *SCAPE,#04-01, 2 Orchard Link Singapore 237978
17th Aug - The HUB Singapore,113 Somerset Road,Singapore 238165
Active Ageing is the hackathon about designing and prototyping solutions to help seniors age in a healthy and active way. Developers, designers, caregivers, geriatrics experts, researchers, students and concerned citizens are invited to learn, play, share ideas, network, and get inspired.
Multiple workshops leading up to the weekend hackathon will dive into the issues surrounding Active Ageing and the technology we can use to tackle them. Our content workshops will feature experts in gerontology and technology.
Meet passionate technology pros and eldercare experts. Mingle with government policy makers, corporate innovators and community activists. Find new connections and friends and maybe grab some drinks later!
Find partners, swap ideas, discover opportunities and create the next big thing. You may just end up starting your own business from this weekend!
We have some exciting rewards coming your way - watch this space for news!
This event is free, but we require a $15 deposit in order to prevent overbooking. Deposits are refunded in full upon check-in at the hackathon.