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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Prizes

$3,735 in prizes

Social Isolation 1st Place

Sponsored by AGE WELL + Earth's Elders: The Wisdom of the World's Oldest People Hardcover Book for each team member provided by CERC

Social Isolation 2nd Place

Sponsored by AGE WELL

Social Isolation 3rd Place

Sponsored by AGE WELL

1st Place Overall

Sketch Licenses + Amazon Echo Spot for each team member + 1st Place MLH Medals (and the bragging rights to go along with it)

2nd Place Overall

$25 Amazon Gift Card for each team member + 2nd Place MLH Medals

3rd Place Overall

3rd Place MLH Medals

Best Use of Snapkit

Use Snap Kit's web or mobile SDK in your hack. Each winning team member will receive a Casio Calculator Watch.

Best use of Google Cloud Platform

Use Google Cloud Platform in your hack. Find a full list of GCP products & services at: https://cloud.google.com/products/. Each winning team member will receive a Google Home Mini, max 4 per team.

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Register a domain using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit.

Best IoT Hack using a Qualcomm Device

Use a Qualcomm device, like the Dragonboard 410C, in your IoT project. Each winning team member will receive their own DragonBoard 410C.

Best Pitch

TECKIN Smart LED Bulbs

Best User Experience

Moleskine Dotted Notebook + Ruler Set

Most Innovative

Google Cardboard for each team member

Built from Scratch

LEGO Kit

Most Technically Challenging

Lamdico Fidget Sculpture for each team member

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Participants: Individuals currently enrolled in an educational institution

Judges

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?