$10k prize money: LeadingAge HackFest prep gearing up

Organizers are putting the final touches on the third annual technology brainstorming and creating event called “HackFest” at the LeadingAge annual meeting. This year's “Engage with Age!” event boasts a $5,000 first prize and will be held Oct. 30 through Nov. 1 at the University of Massachusetts-Boston.

Teams of four to six participants will devise new technology-driven tools for improving the lives of older adults. Tools may include software applications, websites, interactive online experiences or devices.

In addition to the winners' top prize, there will be two $2,000 runners-up prizes and a $1,000 “People's Choice” award.

Event judges are Alice Bonner, Ph.D., RN, Massachusetts Secretary for Elder Affairs; Joseph Coughlin, Ph.D., director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab; Len Fishman, director of the Gerontology Institute at UMass-Boston's McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies; Stephen Johnson, managing director in the senior living practice at Ziegler; Jack York, president and cofounder of It's Never2Late; and Majd Alwan, Ph.D., executive director of the LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies.

For more about this year's HackFest event, click here.

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