Company Sponsors, Speaks, Presents, and Fundraises for Great CauseWWT Asynchrony Labs was a sponsor, presenter, and participant of the first-ever Hackathon for the St. Louis Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. The Alzheimer’s Association reached out to Asynchrony Labs because of our experience in software development and to bring our technical expertise to the event. The event was held on Saturday, June 18th at the LaunchCode mentor center.
Asynchrony Labs provided a 10-minute presentation showing how our technology approach can inspire improvements for the Alzheimer’s patient and care givers, and we also served as a panelist and mentor. As part of our sponsorship, Asynchrony Labs fielded two Hackathon teams that participated with other corporations in the event.
The Hackathon was held on June 18th. This day was chosen as it is close to the longest day of the year, symbolic of the long journey Alzheimer’s patients and families endure. The event was designed to be fun and for a good cause. It ran from 8 am – 6 pm and participants were mentored to create a concept that conveyed “the art of the possible.” As a presenting partner, we were asked to field a team of 4–5 participants to help identify technology solutions for those with Alzheimer’s. We asked Asynchrony Labs’ staff members if any would like to volunteer and participate and ended up with enough people to field two teams.
Asynchrony Labs’ Hackathon winning presentation was the “What’s Next” tracking system using virtual assistant technology voice commands. This solution enabled prompts for those with dementia when asked “what do I do next” or to help their caregivers determine “what’s next.”
“The Alzheimer’s Association is always excited to see members of our community engaging with us and finding new and innovative ways to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s. World Wide Technology’s (and WWT Asynchrony Labs’) sponsorship and participation in the Hackathon put Alzheimer’s in front of a new audience that otherwise might not have known about the disease and all it entails,” said Stacy Tew-Lovasz, Chapter President, Alzheimer’s Association St. Louis Chapter. “The team members made it very clear that they wanted to find meaningful solutions to the challenges individuals living with this disease face every day. The “What’s Next” technology concept was a creative tool that looked not only at the disease but also at the person with Alzheimer’s.”
All in all, it was a great day of camaraderie and teamwork, and better yet, we were able to come together to serve the community and help those in need.
If anyone would like to find out more information about this event or the Alzheimer’s Association St. Louis Chapter, please visit www.alz.org/thelongestday.