In 2011, an estimated 747,000 Canadians were living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. It is estimated that by 2031, 1.4 million Canadians will have dementia, costing the Canadian economy nearly $300 billion per year.
Next weekend the British Consulate-General Toronto will host DementiaHack at the Digital Media Zone at Ryerson University.
DementiaHack is an international hackathon 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.
But DementiaHack is more than just about raising awareness. Event organizers are 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 roadshow with stops in the UK and Canada to demo their hacks to major organizations and healthcare conferences.
Register online now to participate. The event gets underway on Friday, September 12th with an opening keynote and presentations from dementia caregivers, clinicians, and researchers.
Need a little more inspiration to attend? Watch Canadian actor Seth Rogen share his personal story at a US Senate subcommittee meeting earlier this year.