This year Hackernest once again hosted DementiaHack in Toronto. This was my third time to be involved as a mentor and a judge.
What an amazing event! If you are not familiar with the concept, a hackathon is an event where people get together, with their computers, to do some creative problem solving. In a DementiaHack, the problem is dementia and these amazing people are coming together to learn about it, to get an idea of what types of problems are created for people with dementia and those who care for them, and use technology to develop creative solutions. DementiaHack happens over a weekend and most of the kids (and yes, a lot of them really are kids!) are just going non-stop, finding mentors, asking questions, developing apps and building solutions. Some of them get NO SLEEP as the goal is to learn about the problem and come up with the solution in 30 hours!! Check out the link here to find out what this year’s event was like! DementiaHack
What about you? Have you had an experience like this before? If there is a hackathon coming to a neighbourhood near you, be sure to check it out. Trust me, you will be energized and inspired, even with very little sleep!!!