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DementiaHack TORONTO by the British Govt & HackerNest


Friday, September 12, 2014 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

DementiaHack TORONTO by the British Govt & HackerNest

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Hacker Participant
General participants, use this ticket. Can't afford it? Email us and tell us why you want to participate!
Ended CA$29.00 CA$2.23
Non-Hacker Participant Ended CA$29.00 CA$2.23
Student Hacker Participant
If you are a student, your admission is free.
Ended Free CA$0.00
Student Non-Hacker Participant Ended Free CA$0.00
Demo Observer Ended CA$10.00 CA$1.17

Event Details




Here's the post-hackathon recap videos:


These videos were crafted by all-around awesome guy, Filip Vukcevic. Contact him for any of your video production needs!

more DementiaHack hackathon videos here.

DementiaHack is an international hackathon produced by the British Consulate-General Toronto and HackerNest that brings together the brightest minds in dementia management, patient care, and healthcare technology to tackle the most pressing challenges faced by caregivers and people with dementia.

Not content to just "raise awareness", the British government is committed to developing the hardware and software prototypes that emerge into tangible, lasting solutions that dementia patients/caregivers will actually benefit from. In addition to cool take-home prizes, winners will go on a UK/Canada roadshow to demo their hacks to major organizations and healthcare conferences.

Dementia affects almost a million people in the UK alone and over 35.6 million people worldwide. This hackathon gives developers, designers, and health professionals a chance to work on needed solutions to a ballooning global concern – improving care around dementia, a major cause of disability and dependency.

Platforms/devices: This hackathon is all about building something that actually helps people with dementia and their caregivers. You can bring/build any demo-able platform/device that fits the theme. Read/research a ton, be independent. You are responsible for knowing and setting up your IDEs, SDKs, APIs, and every other acronym. Assume there will be no help from anyone (even though we'll have mentors). Be prepared!

Teams: Max 5 people. We'll do more team matching on Fri/Sat, but sign up at to form teams (everyone will need to be on there for judging anyway). Get familiar!

Judging: Criteria:

  • Impact: How much impact will this have on the person it's developed for? How much will their daily life improve?

  • Practicality: Does the project fit into peoples lives? If not, is it reasonably easy for people to adapt to the product? Think "usability".

  • Feasibility: Can this project be realistically implemented/deployed to the public?

  • Creativity & Technical Innovation: How neat is this thing?!

Will be livestreamed! You can watch the demos and judging, and see the innovation in dementia management that can be produced in 24 hours, on YouTube at on Sunday at 11:30am EST!

*Note: Film/photos may end up on press and promo materials. If you're not okay with that, you may wear a mask.

Interested in volunteering?




Grand Prize: CareUmbrella

Runner Up #1: All The Pi

Runner Up #2: Clarity

Most Market Ready: Brain Friendly Games

Best Design: LifeBook

Most Impact: CareBook



Grand Prize (1x)

GRAND PRIZE: The UK government has secured demonstration space for DementiaHack winners at the UKHealthTech conference on December 4th.  Expecting over 300 delegates and numerous high profile speakers, from the NHS to private investors, this event marks an important convergence in the development of Health Technology Innovation in the UK.  Grand Prize winners will not only have the chance to demo their prototype in front of a vast and important audience, they will also have a series of partner and delegate meetings arranged at the conference, to facilitate networking and investment in bright ideas.  Beyond the conference, the grand prize also features multiple days of meetings with key stakeholders in the health sector, the service sector, and the business incubation sector.  The UK government has no shortage of contacts in these fields, and is committed to ensuring that these dementia solutions reach the people who need them most.  Spanning just under a week and covering London, Wales, and potentially other parts of the UK, this trip is sure to offer grand prize winners the tools and investments they need to get their product to the next level. Flights and accommodation will be covered for the entirety of the trip.

4 years of free Linode service
Demo at the HackerNest Toronto September Tech Social
Demo at Hacking Health Cafe
Demo at Mobile Med App Showcase


Runner-Up (2x)

2 years of free Linode service
- 5x Raspberry Pi 
- 5x Ubi
Demo at Hacking Health Cafe 

Other prizes:
- Best Design: 3 hour consulting session with Pivot Design Group
- Most Market Ready: 4 hours of consulting with Functional Imperative, software design studio
Most Impact: 6 hours of consulting with Normative, software design studio

Officially, there's only one grand prize. But consider this.

What if EIGHT amazing teams emerge with cracking, impactful, commercially-viable prototypes? Sure, only one team will get their flights paid for. But does that mean the government will totally ignore the other seven? Not bloody likely. That'd be daft and against their mandate, since the whole point of this is to get more products out there helping people.

So forget about the "THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE WINNER" rubbish. That's arbitrary. Show up. Don't just build for a prize; build for the person whose life you're going to help make better. Build something that takes the biscuit; something so brill that it'd be barmy NOT to support you, grand prize or otherwise.

Interested in volunteering?




Our sponsors are awesome: they actually care about helping people and making the world a better place. Thank you! Please email for sponsorship info.


Platinum Sponsor and Official Platform Host

Linode: SSD Cloud Hosting for everyone!


Gold Sponsors

Ontario Brain Institute: Nonprofit Neuroscience Research Centre!

GitHub: Social Code Collaboration, Review, and Management!


Silver Sponsor

ADASS: The Voice of Adult Social Care!





  City of Toronto Alzheimer Society logo        







Raspberry Pi logo SoftLayer logo              





DementiaHack is produced by the UK Science and Innovation Network (a division of the British Government) in collaboration with HackerNest (a grassroots nonprofit that builds local tech communities around the world).

 HackerNest logo

In terms of credibility:

  • HackerNest runs Canada's largest tech meetups/hackathons.
  • The British government runs Britain.


SCHEDULE (Toronto)


  • 09:00am - registration
  • 10:00am - opening keynote
    • Dr. John Preece, Science & Innovation Officer, British Consulate-General Toronto
    • Dr. Shiva Amiri, Manager, Informatics & Analytics, Ontario Brain Institute
  • 10:30am - 01:00pm - Morning panel: What do people living with dementia need in order to self-manage their condition and live independently?
    • Bea Kraayenhoff, Person living with dementia
    • Dr. Scott Mckay, Physician
    • Janice Cox, Caregiver
    • Brenda Hounam, Person living with dementia
    • Dr. John Preece, Science & Innovation Officer, British Consulate-General Toronto (moderator)
  • 11:45am - Consensus Method Workshop 1
    • Scott Zoltok, Science & Innovation Assistant, British Consulate-General Toronto (facilitator)
  • 01:00pm - lunch (blackened cajun chicken wrap or roasted summer vegetables and goat cheese wrap with spring greens and berry balsamic dressing)
  • 02:00pm - Consensus Method Workshop 2
    • Scott Zoltok (facilitator)
  • 03:00pm - 04:15pm - Afternoon panel: What are some of the opportunities and challenges involved in the field of dementia self-management?
    • Dr. Arlene Astell, Research Chair, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health
    • Jen Boger, Research Manager, Toronto Rehab
    • Dr. Elaine C. Wiersma, Associate Professor, Lakehead University
    • Scott Zoltok, Science & Innovation Assistant, British Consulate-General Toronto (moderator)
  • 04:15pm - Self-managed breakout sessions
  • 05:30pm - Groups present findings
  • 06:00pm - dinner (steak or vegetarian or chicken stir fry on rice; brownies)
  • 07:00pm - Ideation, casual team matching, etc.


Saturday, September 13th (Toronto)

  • 08:00am - registration, breakfast (breakfast burritos - meat and vegetarian options, yogurt, granola, fresh fruit)
  • 09:30am - welcome note, instructions
  • 10:30am - team matching chaos
  • 11:15am - take your seats, important judging and platform announcements
  • 11:30am - hackathon start 
  • 12:30pm - lunch (sliders - meat and portabello mushroom options)
  • 07:00pm - dinner (lasagna - beef and vegetarian options; strawberry shortcake)

Sunday, September 14th (Toronto)

  • 07:00am - breakfast (frittata - meat and vegetarian options; yogurt and fresh fruit)
  • 11:30am - hackathon stop; pre-demos with mentors, lunch (avocado and brie sandwiches with chicken option or burritos - meat and vegetarian options)
  • 12:30pm - demos, judging
  • 02:00pm - prizing, close 


Dr. Arlene Astell Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health;
University of Toronto
Research Chair, Community Management of Dementia
Robin Toop HackerNest Director of Technology; Biomedical Engineer
Dr. Zayna Khayat MaRS Senior Adviser, Health Systems Innovation
Dr. Francis Jeanson Ontario Brain Institute Program Lead, Informatics & Analytics
Sunil Sharma Extreme Venture Partners Managing Partner
Janice Cox   Caregiver
...more coming soon! 


Dr. Arlene Astell Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health;
University of Toronto
Research Chair, Community Management of Dementia
Dr. Zayna Khayat MaRs Senior Adviser, Health Systems Innovation
Helen Kontozopolous University of Toronto Lecturer & Special Projects, Entrepreneurship
Gail Elliott Dementiability CEO & Founder
Dr. Lisa Loiselle University of Waterloo Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program Associate Director of Research
Dr. Elaine Wiersma Lakehead University Associate Professor
Phil Caffery Alzheimer's Society of Ontario Public Policy & Programs Analyst
Jen Boger Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Research Manager
Joanna Holley Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Behavior Therapist
Scott McKay University of Western Ontario Physician
Sylvia Davidson Baycrest

Occupational Therapy Practice Chief

Nancy Rushford Alzheimer's Society of Niagara

Director of Programs

Asako Bienek Public Health Agency of Canada


Sharon Cohen Toronto Memory Program Executive Director
Bianca Stern Baycrest Executive Director, Innovation, Arts & Design

...more coming soon!


Simple: be considerate, use common sense, and don't be an idiot. Specific to this hackathon:

  1. teams of up to 5 hackers

  2. fresh code only

  3. demos must be functional demos, not slideshows/mockups

  4. participants must have excellent personal hygiene

Students: Free.
Refunds: Sorry, can't. Hackathons are expensive.



The UK Science & Innovation Network (SIN), funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, engages with local science and innovation communities in support of UK policy overseas, creating strategic relationships to harness the value of science and innovation discoveries, leading to mutual UK and host-country benefits. 

HackerNest is a nonprofit that builds local tech communities around the world and empowers them with more relevant/accessible tech education - our holistic approach to poverty alleviation. We run Tech Socials, hackathons, and a marketplace for tech education. We ran Canada's largest hackathon (at the time) in 2012 and the country's largest hardware hackathon in 2014. Down-to-earth and notoriously unpretentious, HackerNest splinter cells (a cooler way of saying 'chapters') run events in 16 cities, 9 countries, 4 continents.

Please email if you're interested in supporting us.


Interested in volunteering? We could really use the help! 


Here's a collection of information for you to start preparing for DementiaHack. Please check back as we update this section.

Have questions about DementiaHack TORONTO by the British Govt & HackerNest? Contact HackerNest

When & Where

Ryerson Digital Media Zone (DMZ)
10 Dundas St East
6th Floor
Toronto, ON M5B 2G9

Friday, September 12, 2014 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

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Wherever technology booms, prosperity follows. HackerNest builds tech and innovation communities because they’re the cornerstones of economic development that will lead to people living healthier, happier lives. We help tech nerds support each other, businesses find talent, and innovators meet collaborators through community-centri Tech Social events that bring technologists from all walks of life together to find friends, get advice, and check out opportunities.

We have been afforded Special Consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. We are in the City of Toronto’s economic and technology roundtable and was part of the White House's Opportunity Project delivering solutions empowering Americans to build tools to improve community access and opportunity using federal/local open data. The U.S. Department of State’s Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships also named HackerNest as Managing Partner for Fishackathon 2017-18, a global hackathon series in dozens of cities around the world. DementiaHack, a hackathon series to find tools and solutions for people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s, was also the largest dementia hackathon in the world. More info at


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