Virtually Free at the Dementia Hackaton with UCL, 13/14 September


Virtually Free’s CEO, Dr Andrés Fonseca, who is a consultant psychiatrist specialised in neuropsychiatry and neurodegenerative disorders and also honorary lecturer at University College London (UCL), will represent the University at the Dementia Hackaton in London. UCL was recently approached by the UKTI to collaborate in this interesting project and his department—the department of Mental Health Science—selected him to represent the university.

The event will take place next 13th and 14th of September at the Impact Hub Westminster. More than 400 data scientists, hackers, innovators and start-ups will gather in London and Toronto for the weekend to develop on site a software, prototype, web app or mobile app for the self- and community management of dementia, that will try to address many of the issues and areas identified by the Dementia Challenge.

The Dementia Challenge is a program that was launched by Prime Minister David Cameron in March 2012 as one of the legacy events from the UK’s G8 presidency. It aims to tackle one of the main issues as population ages. Its objective is to make a difference in people with dementia, their families and carers, building on progress made through the National Dementia Strategy.

The Dementia Hackaton has been conceived by the UK Science and Innovation Network in partnership with the British High Commission in Canada. This project is not one of the official G8 legacy events, but will contribute to broader work. It is organised by HackerNest and Data Science London.

It is a very ambitious project backed by the Government and its main organisations, and Virtually Free expects to contribute with something creative and useful as well as trying to win the hackaton!