Hackathon to benefit those living with degenerative neurological conditions
If you plan to attend the event as a spectator, please complete the spectator registration webform.
The Faculty of Applied Health Sciences (AHS) along with the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP) at the University of Waterloo host this hackathon specifically focused on two neurological conditions: Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
Such an event typically brings together computer programmers, software and hardware developers, graphic designers and project managers alongside other enthusiastic participants who will collaborate in an effort to create new and accessible technology.
Hack4Health will provide an exciting space for the creation of practical applications (software, hardware, and social solutions) for people living with MS or Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
The application(s) that emerge from this productive 2-day event will benefit people affected by and/or living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, enhance the profile of both conditions, inspire cutting-edge research at the University of Waterloo, and provide an invaluable platform for social innovation.
When: September 26 & 27, 2015
Where: Accelerator Centre, 295 Hagey Boulevard, Waterloo ON N2L 6R5
Hack4Health is a non-traditional, continuous day/night/day hackathon aimed at social impact rather than profit motivation.
Opening & welcome
World Cafe - Networking & Brainstorming
Hackathon competition begins
Private team consultation meetings with mentors
Hackathon competition continues
Hackathon competition continues
Final demos and judging
Winners announced and awarded
Follow the link above to register online (credit card or WatCard payment only)
To pay by cheque, download the PDF file, complete the form and send it with a cheque (payable to University of Waterloo - MAREP) to:MAREP, University of Waterloo, LHI 1629 200 University Ave. West, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Your registration fee will include breakfast and lunch on both days, dinner on Saturday, and refreshments on Sunday at the networking reception, as well as an assortment of beverages throughout the event.
Participants will also receive a free Hack4Health t-shirt and a survival kit with swag items that will help keep you going around the clock!
If you have any dietary restrictions we should know about, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519-888-4567, ext. 36880. We will do our best to accommodate your nutrition needs.
Pathfinder Market Validation Canvas ($500 value) – Sponsored by the Accelerator Centre Waterloo
Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP) Prize - one-term (four-month) stay at the St. Paul's GreenHouse, St. Paul's University College, for one student (retail value $4,000) - Sponsored by the Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation Ken Murray Funds for Distribution
St. Paul's GreenHouse Prize - one-term (four-month) stay at the St. Paul's GreenHouse, St. Paul's University College, for one student (retail value $4,000)
An opportunity to apply for up to $15 000 in research grant funding through the MS Society of Canada and work under the mentorship of a UW faculty member
Four - $5,000 scholarships to enroll in the Masters of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Program at the Conrad Centre, University of Waterloo
Learn more about MS and dementia
Alzheimer's disease and other related dementias
Alzheimer Society of Canada: http://www.alzheimer.ca/en/About-dementia
Global news documentary on dementia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkvIZaSfUxc
MS Society of Canada support materials for Hack4Health PDF (accessible version) - PLEASE READ IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN WORKING ON AN IDEA FOR MS AT HACK4HEALTH
Dr. O’Connor book: https://beta.mssociety.ca/images/book/ms-the-facts-you-need.pdf
Common questions: https://beta.mssociety.ca/newly-diagnosed/common-questions
MS Overview: https://beta.mssociety.ca/about-ms/what-is-ms
Research Priority #1: Translational: https://youtu.be/oni7O0HpoJc?list=PL2rqY0xxHmw39rrqYkL451QN1dZGlne5W
Research Priority #2: https://youtu.be/VfS3ijfQuLM?list=PL2rqY0xxHmw39rrqYkL451QN1dZGlne5W
MS Society of Canada: https://beta.mssociety.ca/about-ms
Mapping Connections: An Understanding of Neurological Conditions in Canada: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/publicat/cd-mc/mc-ec/index-eng.php
Neurological open data:
Sponsorship packages available
Why sponsor Hack4Health?
There are many people in Canada and around the world living with these conditions. While we wait for a cure, we need to provide as much support to those affected by dementia and MS so they can have the best quality of life possible. The time is ripe to develop effective technologies that aim to help people affected by and/or living with MS and Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. By sponsoring Hack4Health, you will help to create a space of social breakthrough - and play a vital role as an agent of change in our community! Will you help?
For sponsorship details see sponsorship package (PDF)
An online accessible version of the sponsorship package is also available.