Southend Hackathon #ChallengeDementia

You are invited to the next Southend Hackathon to enter Essex County Council’s Challenge Dementia competition.


Update : 5 entries were submitted in total from the hackathon and the Raspberry Jam Tech Fest.

Saturday 7th April 2018 – 11am – 4pm
The Old Waterworks
North Road
Southend on Sea
[Please book a ticket on the booking form below and check location here.]

You are invited to form teams to research products, technologies and services which can be developed to enable people living with Dementia to remain connected with places, people, their identity and their unique past experiences, abilities and interests and to have a better quality of life.

Ideas will be submitted online and up to 10 teams will receive £5,000 to test and develop their projects.

PA Consulting, Tech UK, University of Essex, Alzheimer’s Society, Healthwatch Essex will be available to help develop the project and they can be exhibited at Southend Raspberry Jam Tech Fest.

The winner will receive the Challenge prize of £100,000 to develop their solution.


11.00 Introductions
11.15 Talk about Challenge Prize – Ben Mann, Essex County Council
11.45 Talk about what tech can do (and recap what we did at the Jam)
11.50 Talk by health professional ‘Dementia Friends’
12.15 Team formation
12.30 Work on ideas
2.00 Break
2.15 Finalise ideas
3.15 Online submissions


At the last Southend Raspberry Jam Tech Fest, we heard about Artificial Intelligence (AI) in society and Vivyfy Me – a dementia tech solution invented by a young person; we coded environmental sensors (Internet of Things – IoT) and children trained and coded AI systems.

We have also been inspired by Southend Borough council’s purchase of a £17,000 Pepper Robot, to investigate the use of innovative tech solutions to social care and have learned to code Pepper at previous Southend Tech events – See here to find out how to code Pepper.

Technological solutions work now and for future generations and can be incorporated into everyday living. There are many Raspberry Pi projects such as smart homes, home automation, robotics, artificial intelligence which could be applied to social care.

No tech needed on the day although a charged laptop/phone may be useful.

All young people must be accompanied by a responsible adult for the duration of the session.

Please take photos and videos of the event and share them on social media. #challengedementia
You will need to agree to photo/video consent when booking.

Challenge Dementia is supported by Essex County Council, PA Consulting, Tech UK, University of Essex, Alzheimer’s Society, Healthwatch Essex. More details on Challenge Dementia  here.

New Entrance: The venue is located on the junction of North Road and Chelmsford Avenue and free parking is available. Please note that there is a new entrance to the carpark to use just North of the junction.

 Check out how we code Southend Borough Council’s £17,000  Pepper the Robot .