Designing solutions around social isolation among older adults at Sheridan College

One hundred students from all disciplines from the GTA are invited to come create, challenge, and solve a real-world challenge over the weekend. This year, we are partnering with the Sheridan Centre for Elder Research to help come up with solutions around social isolation among older adults. We believe that the older adult demographic is an important part of our communities that we should know more about designing for, which is why we have chosen to tackle social isolation.

We are a very beginner-friendly hackathon and encourage all students - whether or not you’re experienced - to come out for the weekend and brush up on coding skills!

All Sheridan College students will be accepted until the event has reached maximum capacity.

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Participants: Individuals currently enrolled in an educational institution


Mike Apted

Mike Apted
Specialist Solutions Architect / AWS Canada

Nicholas Barretta

Nicholas Barretta
Senior Solutions Architect / AWS Canada

Samantha Sandassie

Samantha Sandassie
Education and Training Program Manager / AGE-WELL

Diego Cortes

Diego Cortes
Partnerships Lead / EDGE

Kathryn Warren-Norton

Kathryn Warren-Norton
Communications & Project Coordinator / Centre for Elder Research

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    25% / How unique is the concept of the solution? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Technical Difficulty
    10% / Is the hack technically interesting or difficult?
  • Answers a Real World Problem
    25% / Did the presenters clearly identify the problem they are trying to solve? Is the solution relevant to the identified challenge?
  • Team Learning
    20% / Did the team push themselves out of their comfort zones? Did they overcome challenges to learn something new?
  • Pitch
    20% / How well was the project presented? Could you follow the purpose and intent of the project?