AHAthon 2024: Designing Technological Solutions to Improve the Quality of Life for Older Adults

 

On June 13-14, 2024, the Krakow Technology Park organized another edition of AHAthon – Active Healthy Ageing Hackaton, dedicated to creating innovative solutions for older adults. The event brought together 51 participants from various backgrounds, including academia, business, startups, and older adults, who worked collaboratively on addressing the challenges faced by contemporary older adults

During AHAthon, participants tackled two main challenges:

  • Polypharmacy: The issue of older adults taking multiple medications simultaneously, posing significant health and daily functioning challenges.
  • Digital Exclusion: The difficulties older adults face in accessing information and digital services, limiting their ability to utilize modern technologies and medical services.

The participants were divided into 8 groups, which worked intensively for two days on their solutions. Throughout the event, participants received support from 14 mentors from various fields and areas, providing advice and inspiration, helping teams develop innovative solutions.

The projects were evaluated by a jury composed of four members, representatives of Krakow Technology Park, LifeScience Krakow Cluster, 3 PG and representative of the Krakow City Hall.

The EDISONDA team won the grand prize for their systemic approach to medication prescription. Their solution includes a white label module for clinics and hospitals, a smart pillbox service – pillbox refilling service at pharmacies, and an app connected to the pillbox to support caregivers.

Group recognitions were also awardedto IKS for Innovation, Lecostar Team for Functionality and Silver Sparks for Intuitiveness.

AHAthon promotes a healthy and sustainable lifestyle and builds strong, inclusive innovation ecosystems by integrating diverse communities and creating innovative solutions for older adults. Participants had the opportunity to develop new skills at the intersection of technology and social aspects. Increasingly, the region is recognizing the importance of creating socially responsible innovations.

This interdisciplinary event brought together people from different backgrounds and ages to collaboratively address challenges faced by older adults. By creating these solutions, participants contribute to building a better world for current and future generations. The event was supported by major institutions from Krakow in promoting the event. The co-organizer of the event was the Life Science Krakow Cluster.

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