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The University of Newcastle’s NeW Space city campus, where the hackathon will be held. Photo: Supplied.

Hackathon to generate new tech ideas for aged care

A health monitoring station for large corporations. A Gumtree for health services. And a platform for GPs to connect retirees to local activities.

These are some of the early ideas hashed out in the lead up to the University of Newcastle’s New Futures Hackathon for Aged Care.

The Ideas Collider, a warm-up event held last week, challenged participants to prepare and pitch an idea for an ageing or aged care solution to a panel of judges in 60 minutes.

The following hackathon, to be held at the University’s NeW Space city campus, will bring together tech heads, aged care experts, innovators and community members for a 10 hour ‘hack’ to evolve their ideas into viable, technological solutions.

Siobhan Curran, manager of the University’s Integrated Innovation Network (I2N), said the event is an opportunity for people of all backgrounds and experience to learn new skills, unite their ideas and build innovative work.

Aged Care Insite spoke with Curran about the ideas participants put forward at the Ideas Collider and aspects of ageing and aged care they will focus on at the hackathon.

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