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SOURCE LeadingAge HackFest
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- LeadingAge HackFest is pleased to announce that Microsoft Research is joining the project as a corporate donor.
The HackFest is a 2-day event, co-sponsored by Ziegler and LeadingAge, that challenges participants to "Engage with Age" by creating a technology-driven tool aimed at improving the lives of older adults and their families.
Along with a monetary donation, Microsoft is providing resources from its Lab of Things, a flexible platform for experimental research that uses connected devices in homes and other settings.
The Lab of Things offers a wide range of sensors and drivers for a variety of tools, including IP cameras, the Kinect sensor bar, ZWave devices, and more.
"The LeadingAge HackFest and Microsoft Research align over one simple, yet very important, goal: improving lives through technology," said Arjmand Samuel, senior research program manager, Computer Science, Microsoft Research. "We are happy to support the event and we are quite excited to see what participants create for older adults, their caregivers, and the organizations that provide supportive services."
HackFest teams have 1 full day to design and build their tools, which can be apps, websites, devices, etc. The tools don't need to be fully developed, but the final presentations to judges must include a plan for how the project could be implemented.
The LeadingAge HackFest takes place Oct. 25-27 in Dallas, TX, at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. First prize is $5,000.
Founded in 1991, Microsoft Research is dedicated to conducting both basic and applied research in computer science and software engineering. More than 1,100 brilliant scientists and engineers focus on more than 55 areas of computing and openly collaborate with leading academic, government, and industry researchers to advance the state of the art of computing, help fuel the long-term growth of Microsoft and its products, and solve some of the world's toughest problems through technological innovation. Microsoft Research has expanded over the years to seven countries worldwide and brings together the best minds in computer science to advance a research agenda based on an array of unique talents and interests. Microsoft Research operates in Redmond, Wash.; Cambridge, Mass.; New York City; Mountain View, Calif.; Cambridge, U.K.; Beijing; and Bangalore, India; and conducts research at Advanced Technology Labs Cairo; Advanced Technology Labs Europe in Aachen, Germany; Advanced Technology Labs Israel; FUSE Labs in Redmond; the eXtreme Computing Group in Redmond; and Station Q in Santa Barbara, Calif. http://research.microsoft.com.
The 2013 LeadingAge HackFest, co-sponsored by Ziegler and LeadingAge, is an event designed to bring together participants with a variety of backgrounds to create technology-driven tools aimed at improving the lives of older adults and their caregivers. The idea was conceived by Lili Dwight, CIO, It's Never 2 Late and Chip Burns, CAST Commissioner, and coordinated by LeadingAge CAST, the University of North Texas, The Asbury Group, and It's Never 2 Late. Cash Prizes are donated by The Asbury Group. LeadingAgeHackFest.org.
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