The University of Newcastle, Australia

University of Newcastle announces the best “hack” for aged care

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Careflex - a web based system connecting person-carer dyads, service providers and health professionals with the aim of yielding personalised aged care outcomes and minimising administration time has been awarded the Best Tech Solution at the University of Newcastle’s New Futures Hackathon for Aged Care.

Hackathon Winners
The winning Hackathon team, Careflex, with the judges.

The winning team, comprising of multi-disciplinary professionals in medicine, home care provision, technology and personal carers - Clarissa Sagi, Alyssa White, Ashkay Gupta, Ankit Kapoor and Joshua Landus, was awarded $3000 and will each receive a three month residency at the University’s Three76 Innovation Hub with specialist mentorship.

A team of University students on exchange from Germany and an innovation specialist working in aged care was awarded Best Runner-Up Tech Solution, receiving $2000 for their project CareOnTime, which tracks carer bookings and provides real time updates to clients on the status and expected arrival time of their carer.

Awarded the Rising Star Award, and receiving $500 was a team of undergraduate University of Newcastle students, for their tech solution - EasyAgeing.

An overview of the seven projects included in the New Futures Hackathon is available at:
For creative business people, innovators, researchers and entrepreneurs in the healthcare industry who are interested in staying connected and informed, the University of Newcastle’s Integrated Innovation Network (I2N) will host a networking event on 23 May.

Featuring a series of short, sharp pitches from entrepreneurs, SME’s and researchers, followed by informal networking, the Join the Dots - Healthcare event will be hosted at the University’s Three76 Hub – 376 Hunter Street. Register for the free event via Eventbrite.


The New Futures Hackathon was a health-focused creative problem solving challenge aimed at addressing the implications of the world’s ageing population.

During the two day event on 11-12 May, held at the University’s NeW Space city campus, 34 participants formed seven teams and had the opportunity to learn from aged care experts and technical mentors before embarking on a 10 hour “hack” to evolve their ideas into a viable, technological solution.

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