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Learning through dementia



Project Management — Information Technology students Oleksandr (Alex) Hornstal and Vlodymur Kovtun prepare to present their innovation at DementiaHack.

A series of teams from Seneca’s School of Information and Communications Technology recently put their technical and innovative expertise to the test during DementiaHack — a competition inspiring the creation of life-improving products for those affected by dementia.

Students collaborated to showcase innovative ideas for various mobile applications, databases and websites that support dementia sufferers as well as their caregivers. Ideas included a GPS-tracking pacemaker to help locate sufferers if they wander off, a web-based survey to help individuals detect identifying symptoms of dementia, and an app-based game that records progress of cognitive memory.

The event was presented by Facebook, championed by the Canadian and UK governments, hosted at MaRS Discovery District, and produced by HackerNest — a nonprofit organization and movement that builds local tech communities around the world that encourage collaboration, innovation, mentorship and knowledge-sharing. Seneca’s teams were sponsored by the Seneca Alumni Student Experience Fund.