As a coach for the 2014 LeadingAge Hackfest in Nashville, I was reminded that collaborative innovation is fun and frustrating. Time constraints can positively and negatively impact innovation. You have less time to flush out your idea; however, you are forced to be decisive. In the corporate world, you have time. If you are a true innovator, you may quickly develop something before the world is ready.
"Will your app deliver subliminal messages to my residents?" I did not hear that question yesterday while I wandered the expo hall at the annual LeadingAge conference. But perhaps I will next year.
Homebound elderly people might soon have easy virtual access to activities offered by senior living communities, thanks to the winners of the inaugural LeadingAge HackFest.
University teams from across the country are gearing up to show off their technology-driven tools meant for improving the lives of older adults and their families. They'll be taking part in the inaugural "HackFest" Oct. 25-27 in Dallas, in conjunction with the LeadingAge annual meeting. "Engage with Age" will challenge the students to design a tool and present a plan for how it would be implemented. The top team will be announced at 1:15 p.m. Oct. 25 and win $5,000; two runners-up will each take home $2,000.