Microsoft Research joins LeadingAge HackFest as donor

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Microsoft Research has joined the 2013 LeadingAge HackFest as a corporate donor.

HackFest will be Oct. 25-27 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. The event, co-sponsored by Ziegler and LeadingAge, is meant to encourage participants to create a technology-driven tool aimed at improving the lives of older adults and families. Suggestions for what participants could develop include a website, app or device, the organization said. Programmers, engineers, gerontologists, administrators or marketing professionals are among the groups invited to participate

Microsoft is giving a monetary donation and providing resources from its Lab of Things, flexible platform for experimental research. The Lab of Things has tools that include a Kinect sensor bar and IP cameras.

First place prize is $5,000; second place nets $2,000 and third place is $1,000.