[September 25-26] Hack for Ageing Well


Dear Open Knowledge community, we are excited to announce Hack for Ageing Well, a two-day hackathon that Opendata.ch is organizing together with the Active and Assistive Living (AAL) programme, towards the end of September in St.Gallen.

Ageing Well means staying healthy, independent and active at work or in our community during our whole life. It is also a strategy in public policy around disease prevention and early detection, with better use of technology and better training towards a more supportive and accessible environment. We will set out to Hack: to rethink, sketch, prototype or build on existing technologies that – through more usable and considerate design – better support our later years.

Please find additional information on our website, where you can register to get involved: https://2016.aalhackathon.eu

Capacity is limited, so please book your (free) ticket if you are thinking of coming. We will soon have additional announcements of challenges and workshops for everyone who signs up!

I would appreciate suggestions if you have ideas of datasets or platforms, or would like to get an institution involved. This event is part of an international series and we look forward to participants and datasets from around the world.


Several groups have come forward with interesting platform and workshop ideas, and I’ve been doing more research on related topics. Check out our updated hackathon website for ideas and links.

A quick glance at the news media reveals that the question of retirement finances is at the top of the political agenda, being one of the main subjects of the referendum next month. You can read more on the initiative at Swissinfo, who also made a series of infographics to illustrate the pension system in Switzerland, from where the chart above was adapted.


We are looking for relevant datasets, challenging ideas, workshop facilitators, and still have space for more participants at our next hackathon coming up next month. There’s a quick form to fill out, or just reply to this thread. Thanks for any tips & shares!


A recap of the hackathon is now up on our blog and you can find the projects listed here. Working with the EU network was an interesting experience for me and I got some very positive feedback from the participants, several of whom are continuing to work on their ideas.

Meanwhile the next events are coming up, the Climathon and Jugend Hackt with OK Deutschland are both coming up in Zurich in the next weeks.