Tech Superheroes Wanted: Improve Elderly Quality of Life


  • Registrations until: 02.11.2020

  • Who's eligible to enroll: anyone

  • Objective: develop tech solutions that aim to enhance the elderly population well-being

  • Prize: €2.000 for each of the two winning teams

Introducing you to the hackathon the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is developing with TAIKAI. You may already know them either for being one of the most active organizations to promote social good in Portugal and overseas or for being one of the sponsors of City Hack 2020 or Pixels Camp.

Anyway, the relationship of the Foundation with open innovation started in 2016, when they created Hack for Good, an initiative that aims to display how technology can perform when it’s used to solve some of society’s most pressing problems. Last year, what used to be a 36-hour annual event, was scaled to become an integrated program that supports other hackathons to grow and contribute with capital, mentorship, and incubation. Hack for Good @ Home is one of the results of this investment.

Context aside… One of the Foundation’s goals is to promote the well-being of the elderly, another urgent matter that we should get our programming skills on. “Why?”, you may ask. Here are two numbers that will probably change your mind:

  • by 2050, it is calculated that ¼ of the population in Europe and Northern America will be aged 65 or over;
  • by the same year, it is estimated that the population over 80 years old will triple – from 143 million to 426 million.

On top of this, it’s also extremely relevant to remember that the Covid-19 pandemic is impacting the way our parents and grandparents are living. Their daily routines, the care and support they receive, the social connectivity, and how they are perceived. All this changed from one moment to the other.


Therefore, since the tech community has the superpowers to fight this, the Foundation turned to our innovators hoping we can help them. For those interested in helping, Calouste Gulbenkian listed six areas you could work on:

- Key activities of independent living;

- Cognition;

- Communication and social connectivity;

- Personal Mobility;

- Transportation;

- Access to Healthcare.

Keep in mind these are just guidelines and that as long as you develop a solution related to aging, your problem does not have to be part of any of the above topics.

If you have the superpower and the available time to make it happen, consider enrolling yourself on this challenge – the two best teams will be awarded 2.000 euros each.

Make sure to register yourself until November 2nd. You can read all the rules and information about the challenge here.

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