Ageing Digital and the Ageing Hackathon


As a result of the momentum generated by AgeCamp 2016, I am now in the process of establishing Ageing Digital as a social enterprise with a mission “to bust the myth that older people don’t use new technologies”. You can follow Ageing Digital on Twitter here, and on Facebook here.

One of the ideas that Ageing Digital is currently exploring is holding an Ageing Hackathon. If you don’t know what a Hakathon is, there’s a pretty good explanation here. In summary, what we would be looking at is an event lasting (probably) two days at which a group of people would come together, agree on some big problems concerning ageing that they wish to find solutions to, and spend the rest of the time working on agreed solutions.

I’d welcome comments below on:

  • Is this a good idea?
  • Has anything similar been done before?
  • What are the issues we should be working on?
  • Are there potential technology solutions to the big ageing problems?
  • Would you be interested in sponsoring the event (we need sponsorship for; running costs; venue hire; food and drink; prizes for the best solutions).

I look forward to hearing what you think.


Thank you!


This is a brief note from me (John Popham) to thank everybody who came to AgeCamp in Halifax. The day exceeded all expectations, and I think we have really started something here; a movement dedicated to improving older people’s lives through collaboration.

To catch up with what happened on the day, please have a look at this fabulous Storify put together by Bernadette Keefe.


The reports from the sessions will appear here when they are ready.

And here are the videos captured from the live stream of the opening and closing sessions.


Book Now for AgeCamp 2016

AgeCamp 2016 is the first national Unconference for older people and those who work with older people.

There is no set agenda, at the beginning of the day, attendees pitch sessions on topics they want to run and the rest of the delegates vote on those they want to attend.

AgeCamp will be about solving problems, launching new ideas, getting support for projects, forging collaborations, testing products, or whatever else you want to discuss.

This will be an opportunity for anyone who works with older people (and older people themselves) to get together in a mutually supportive environment, discuss their issues and plan joint responses. And, this is meant in no way to be an event which focuses exclusively on technology. Any issues about working with older people are open for discussion. So, if you want to re-invent the care home, or start a community minibus service, all topics are welcome.

Thanks to our main sponsors, Calderdale Council and UKGovCamp, the event will take place at The Shay Stadium, Halifax West Yorkshire. Directions to the venue are on the Stadium’s website.  Halifax is just off the M62 motorway, or 35 minutes from Leeds or 45 minutes from Manchester (Victoria) by train. As the event is on a Monday, why not make a weekend of it and visit the sights of beautiful West Yorkshire, home of the Brontës, “Last Tango in Halifax”, “Happy Valley” and “Last of the Summer Wine”?

Book your free place here

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