Fast work indeed, on Sept.6th the eight finalists were announced in the AGE-WELLNational Impact Challenge,the 2018 Canadian contest to encourage new and unique technology-based solutions that benefit the lives of older Canadians and their caregivers. Last month I cast my on line votes (out of almost 15,000), as members of the public were invited to do. Of the final eight, only one of my selections made the list, but it turns out this entry was also a stakeholder favourite.
Marlena Books – a dementia-friendly books app, which can be read independently or with friends, family, or support partners. Books include beautiful, abstract artwork prepared by individuals living with dementia. As a further note on the website states, their digital reading platform incorporates accessibility features such as graduated reading levels, personalization, audio support and automatic page turning.
The next step on Oct.17th will be the live pitch competition at the AGE-WELL Annual Conference in Vancouver, where the eight finalists will compete for over $100,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. While the public will not be part of choosing the winners, for fun I will take a second look at the finalists and come up with my top two.
Once again, this is a busy season for technology-based contests in the aging and longevity space. On Sept.5th the Stanford Center on Longevity launched its 6th annual Design Challenge 2018/19 This is another contest I have followed since it began in 2013 and I look forward to digging in to cast my top three votes once the finalists are announced in January 2019. This year’s theme is Contributing at Every Age: Designing for Intergenerational Impact. Great emphasis with this title, following on the theme of last weeks’ blog post.
Another Technology and Aging contest also happening this fall:
In Good Company: The 2018 Optimal Aging Challenge which seeks to develop innovative technologies, community resources and solutions that reduce social isolation and loneliness among older adults.