Make a world of difference at the New Futures Hackathon for Aged Care / by Amy Theodore

Hackathon Newcastle NSW

Make a world of difference at the New Futures Hackathon for Aged Care

 By Amy Theodore

Tech nerds, innovators and creative problem solvers, listen up!

What do you do when you’ve got an aging population who are going to increase the demands and costs on our health care system?

That is the question the 2018 New Futures Hackathon for Aged Care is looking to answer.

The number of Australians aged 75 and over is expected to rise by four million by the time we hit 2060. This aging generation has a greater awareness of health issues than any before it and therefore will have a greater expectation of  what our health systems can provide. These systems aren’t quite ready to handle this, so they need your help.

This two-day, creative problem-solving event will be held at the University’s NeW Space city campus on 11th and 12th May. After spending some time learning all they need to know from aged care experts and technical mentors, teams will then embark on a 10 hour ‘hack’ to try and bring their ideas to life.

Open to people from all sorts of backgrounds and arrays of experience (technical or not), if you’ve got passion for technology, innovation and a want to make this world a better place, this is an event you just might want to check out.

“The University is excited to host the hackathon,” said Manager of the Integrated Innovation Network (I2N) at the University of Newcastle, Siobhan Curran.

“It’s an opportunity for people of all backgrounds and experience to learn new skills, unite their ideas and build innovative work in an effort to consider technological solutions for some of the aged care challenges.”

The winners of the event will be taking home $3000 as well as a three-month residency at the University’s Three76 Innovation Hub and will have a specialist mentor on hand to help bring their idea to life.


The runners up will receive $2000 and the team who takes home the Rising Star award for being a stand-out team on the day will be treated to $500.


If you’re unsure whether this is up your alley or not, the University will be hosting a free warm-up event to give you a taste of exactly what a hackathon is like. Held at Three76 Hub on Tuesday, 17th April at 5pm, participants will have 60 minutes to come up with a pitch to present to a panel of judges. If you’re interested, make sure you register at Eventbrite.


So gather together your team (maximum of five people), get your thinking caps on and help change our future for the better.