New Futures Hackathon for Aged Care 2018

X302, New Space, Newcastle
From May 11th 2018
To May 12th 2018
See the website


Help alleviate the world's ageing population crisis

New Futures Hackathon for Aged Care 2018 is a health-focused hackathon for people of all backgrounds and experience who share a passion for technology, design, innovation and making the world a better place. Meet new people, be exposed to fresh ideas, learn new skills and build creative, original work.


The world’s ageing population will have far-reaching implications for society. Direct challenges for health systems will include changing health profiles, increased demand for health service use, and rising health costs.

The challenges are twofold: first, the rapidly growing group of ‘old old’ (85 and over) people who have a range of typical age-related health problems, for example, arthritis, dementia and cancer; and secondly, the younger cohort entering the ‘65 and over’ age bracket with a larger burden of lifestyle-related diseases (for example, type 2 diabetes) than previous generations.

Further, social changes among the next generation of older people—such as greater understanding and awareness of health issues and greater expectations of health services—pose additional challenges. These challenges may influence future models of health-care delivery and engagement.

Aged care challenges

Focus your solution on the following challenges:

Promoting good health across the lifespan

Enabling healthy ageing

Supporting socioeconomic participation

Enhancing productivity in health-care delivery


Best Tech Solution - $3,000 cash and a 3-month residency at Three76 Hub with specialist mentorship, valued at up to $4,620

Runner-Up Tech Solution $2,000 cash

Rising Star Award $500 cash

REGISTRATION FEESAll ticket proceeds will be donated to the Live Well, Age Well community program for older adults developed by UON’s Priority Research Centre for Generational Health and Ageing in partnership with retirement villages and communities.



Meet at New Space in Room X303

5:30pm - Registration: Check in, grab some food and meet some of the other hackathon participants.

6:15pm - Aged Care and Tech Panel: Learn from local aged care and tech experts as they talk about the challenges within the aged care sector.

6:30pm - Event Info: We’ll go over the event schedule, logistics, datasets and rules. Mentors and domain experts will be introduced.

7pm - Dinner

8pm - Team pitches and formation: Registered without a team? First time to a hackathon? Never fear! This is the opportunity for people with ideas to pitch (2mins) to secure teammates that fill skill gaps.

9pm - Ideation workshop: If your team is sorted but you haven’t settled on an idea to develop, this workshop will help your figure out a focus.

10pm - WTF is DevPost, GitHub and Slack Workshop

11pm - Registration closes: Hackathon teams must register their team name and individual team members via DevPost.



New Space, Room X101

7am Hack commences: Doors open, and the hack commences.

8am Breakfast

1pm Lunch

5pm Hack closes: It’s been 10 hours. All final projects must be submitted to the Hackathon GitHub page. No updates can be made past this time. Then it’s time to prepare your pitch.

6pm Pitches: Teams have 5 minutes to pitch their solution to the judging panel.

7pm Dinner: Time to relax and enjoy a feed after a long day of hacking.

8pm Winners announced: Prizes for the top three teams are announced.

9pm Event close: Get some well-deserved rest knowing you’ve expanded your network and skillset.



Innovation: full improvement to full breakthrough.

Solution fit: Is there a real problem? Is your solution really going to solve it?

Feasibility How likely is the project to work and be accepted by the market/community?

Prototype: What progress has the team achieved during the hack and how functional is the project?

Pitch: In the end, everything comes down to how well you can see your ideas.


UON is proud to be able to bring this event to you via the NSW State Government's Boosting Business Innovation Program.

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