Hackathon will create apps for living with Alzheimer’s and MS

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hackers at Canada’s first wellness hackathon this weekend will develop new applications for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis.

The Faculty of Applied Health Sciences and the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program at the University of Waterloo will host the two-day event. It will bring together members of the community, students and researchers to create social, hardware and software solutions to improve the lives of those living with the neurological diseases.

Hackers will showcase their work during a pitch competition on Sunday, with a chance to win the following prizes:

  • A free one-term stay for two students at St. Paul’s GreenHouse, the first and only live-in campus-linked accelerator in Canada focused on social innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Up to $15,000 in research grant funding for students from the MS Society of Canada and the opportunity to work under the mentorship of a Waterloo faculty member
  • Four scholarships worth $5,000 for the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Program at the Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre
  • A subscription to an online market validation tool donated by the Accelerator Centre

Interested participants can register online to compete in the event. Meals and refreshments provided for registered hackers.

Date: Saturday, September 26 to Sunday, September 27, 2015

Time: Hackathon begins Saturday at 9 a.m. Pitch competition begins Sunday at 3:45 p.m. 

Location: Accelerator Centre, 295 Hagey Boulevard, Waterloo ON N2L 6R5

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