AgeLab Participates in Three-Day Aging-in-Place Hackathon
From March 20 to 23, AgeLab researchers Dana Ellis and Samantha Brady participated with SAP, IDEO, and TÜV NORD in the MIT Sloan School of Management’s hackathon for Enterprise Management track MBA students. Students were tasked with applying home-based sensor technology to facilitate aging in place. Dana and Samantha gave information on the AgeLab’s research on the topic, including the challenges associated with successful aging in place, and the stakeholders and factors to be considered when designing new technologies, products, and services for older adults. Three of the AgeLab's 85+ Lifestyle Leaders were also in attendance to provide students with feedback. The winning team’s idea utilized sensor technology in the home to track health patterns and activity levels. The team addressed not only health and safety aspects of aging in place, but also considered issues of social isolation and loneliness factors that affect quality of life.
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