Hack the aged care crisis

Innovators, problem solvers, tech heads and designers are invited to create technical solutions to help alleviate the world’s ageing population crisis. University of Newcastle’s New Futures Hackathon for Aged Care invites participation from passionate problem-solvers who have experience in the aged care sector.

People with technical, design, business development or innovation experience are also encouraged to get involved.

During the two day event, held at the University’s NeW Space city campus, participants will have the opportunity to learn from aged care experts and technical mentors before embarking in teams on a 10 hour “hack” to evolve their ideas into a viable, technological solution.

Participants will chose one of four challenge areas and be supported by aged care sector and tech experts to form multidisciplinary teams. Together they will develop a real-world solution that will have the potnetial to help alleviate the aged care crisis.

University of Newcastle’s Siobhan Curran, Manager of the Integrated Innovation Network (I2N), said the New Futures Hackathon was a health-focused creative problem solving challenge aimed at addressing the implications of the world’s ageing population.

“The number of Australians aged 75 years or older is expected to rise by 4 million by 2060. Consequently, health systems are predicted to face an array of challenges to meet an increasing demand for aged care health services.

“The hackathon is an opportunity for people of all backgrounds and experience to learn new skills, unite their ideas and build innovative work in an effort to consider technological solutions for some of the aged care challenges.”

Why get involved?

The New Futures Hackathon for Aged Care is a chance to meet new people, be exposed to fresh ideas, learn new skills and build creative, original work.

All participants will be in the running to win a share of more than $10,000 in cash and prizes. The winning team with the best technological solution– a website, app, or anything in the tech realm will receive $3000 and a three-month residency at the University’s Three76 Innovation Hub with specialist mentorship.

The runner-up will receive $2,000 and the Rising Star award will acknowledge a standout team with a $500 reward.

Event details

The New Futures Hackathon for Aged Care will be held on Friday 11 May from 5-11pm and Saturday 12 May from 7am – 9pm.

Find out more at the New Futures Hackathon website

You can also contact the University of Newcastle’s Integrated Innovation Network (I2N) team by email