Upcoming 2019 Caring for the Caregiver Hack

V4 Development's CEO David vanBlaricom and COO Derek Neely are excited about being mentors for this years "Caring for the Caregiver Hack" design challenge.

The “Caring for the Caregiver Hack” design challenge is being hosted by The Lindsay Institute for Innovations in Caregiving , which is an initiative of VirginiaNavigator, an awesome statewide public/private partnership non-profit that helps Virginia’s seniors, caregivers, people with disabilities, and veterans find vital information and community support programs.

The goal of the Lindsay Institute is to improve the health of caregivers---with the number of Virginians over 65 doubling by the year 2030 to 1.7 million and there already being over 1 million caregivers across the state providing 88% of all eldercare---the Institute and its esteemed Advisory Council are working together to keep caregivers from neglecting their own health while they care for a loved one.

Below is a video of the 2017 Hackathon event.

"Caring for the Caregiver Hack" Hosted By VirginiaNavigator and its Lindsay Institute for Innovations in Caregiving from Kim Tarantino on Vimeo.

What is a Hackathon? What Makes This One Unique?

A hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest or codefest) is an event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers and project managers, collaborate intensively on software projects—though many events are more general "focused innovation efforts" that include non-coders and community members creating new technology for social good.

The “Caring for the Caregiver Hack:  Advancing Caregiver Health Through Innovations” will take place in downtown Richmond, Virginia on November 1 – 3, 2019. Students from across Virginia-based higher-education institutions represented on our Advisory Council will form multi-disciplinary teams (Nursing/Medical, Marketing, Engineering, Gerontology, IT, Business, Psychology, etc.) that will be under the leadership of a mentor from each school. Participants will be provided with a thought-provoking, engaging and educational challenge, with multi-media presentations and notable speakers providing education on the realities that caregivers face both prior to the challenge and at the event.

The teams will work collaboratively over a 24-hour period, matched up with family caregivers, to create realistic and usable apps and/or technology-based products that will positively impact caregiver health and wellness. At the conclusion of the 24-hour “development”, teams will present their ideas/products to an elite panel of judges who will award a Grand Prize Winner and two Runners Up (winning teams will receive a cash prize).

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