And the winners are…

The winners of the inaugural aged care innovation event, innovAGE, were announced after fantastic live pitches and project submissions.


Congratulations to:


STROKE - Stroke Therapeutic Rehabilitation Occupational Kinect Experiment

Wearable Memory



StoryTelling TimeMachine


We sincerely thank all participants of innovAGE, particularly those who submitted projects and pitched in front of our live audience and judges. Your hard work, strength and quality of ideas is what has made the first innovAGE so successful.


Want to view the submissions?

Head to the Challenge Post website to view all of the project submissions and winners.

View Submissions and Winners here


Thank you

A big thank you goes to the dedicated and generous support of our innovAGE Contributors, without whom innovAGE would not have been possible.



More information

If you'd like more information on any of the submissions or the event in general, please contact the innovAGE organisers on 02 6230 1676 or

InnovAGE is a grassroots movement that brings together innovators in aged care, technology, data and design. InnovAGE aims to encourage entrepreneurial thinking to develop, build or launch age related solutions (services or products) to improve the lives of older Australians and their families.

InnovAGE is being held over two weekends in a radical format that will bring entrepreneurs and developers from a broad range of sectors together to create solutions to real-life issues.

Be part of the action from 28 - 29 March 2015 and 2 - 3 May 2015 at the INSPIRE Centre at the University of Canberra.

Have you got what it takes to be part of InnovAGE?

InnovAGE is open to everyone and anyone! From first year students, to developers, designers, architects, engineers, programmers, business development specialists, marketing and PR folks, and entrepreneurs.

At InnovAGE you will be given access to untapped data relating to the sector, products & API's to play with such as 3D printers, AR kits, beacons, IoT Developer Kits and face-to-face interaction with real customers, service providers and industry based mentors to inform, co-design and test your ideas.

On the last day, teams will present their solutions to be judged by a panel consisting of end use customers, age services and technology experts.

What will you get out of InnovAGE?

InnovAGE is about having fun and achieving something remarkably amazing for the future of aged care, regardless of your level of expertise.

You will also be in the running for prize money and the top teams will receive support from hosts and sponsors to take your winning entry to the next level.

You can register as an individual ($50 for both weekends) or as a team (maximum of 4). Team members must register separately and indicate you are a part of a team. Don't worry if you're flying solo – we'll help you to team up on the first day of InnovAGE. You can also start chatting with fellow participants on the Facebook Group.

The winning solution will take home $2,500 cash and receive a Virtual Incubation Package ($3,000), Kinect v2 Sensor ($250 per team member), an iBecon Developer Kit, plus attendance to LASA National Congress to showcase project to 1,000+ delegates and 130+ vendors in the aged care industry.

Why is aged care so important?

Ageing of our population is the largest demographic, economic and social change the western world has ever seen. The range and quality of aged care services have improved over past decades, but more needs to be done to assist older people to access environments, products and services enabling them to stay in their homes longer, be more social and to age well.

Nations worldwide are struggling to keep up with care needed for this ageing boom. There is a need for innovation and new thinking to meet the needs of our older persons.

We see ageing as an opportunity, rather than a problem.


Current Schedule of Activities for Event


Weekend one - Inform

Saturday 28 March 2015

8:30am Registrations open

9:00 am Welcome/Meet and Greet

Context Building

Access to Data, Tools and Device

Team Formation

12:00 pm Lunch

Project Development begins

Roving Mentors

6:30 pm Dinner

Development continues

11:00 pm Lights Out

Sunday 29 March 2015

9:00 am Review Day's activities

Ongoing Project Development/Roving Mentors

12:30 pm Lunch

Ongoing Project Development/Roving Mentors

Overview of next month and second weekend activities

Festivities wrap up with drinks

5:00 pm End of Weekend One




We won't leave you hanging. You can expect virtual Q&A with mentors and potential clients, additional case studies on issues needing solutions, additional data will be supplied, how to pitch to judges and product/API Q&A.

Imagine what might be and make it happen. Your solutions can be from any discipline across these areas of activity:


Code it Code it

Social, mobile, apps and coding

Crunch it Crunch it

Social data, data analysis, big data

Sense it Sense it

Internet of Things,

Design it Design it

Product, spaces, environments, buildings

Build it Build it

Physical, 3D printing, prototyping

Launch it Launch it

Proof of concept, beta test, and commercial ready.


Weekend two - Inspire

Saturday 2 May 2015

8:30am Registrations open

9:00 am Welcome Back and Overview

9:40 am STREAM 1 (New participants)

Team Formation

9:40 am STREAM 2 (Returning participants)

Team Updates

10:00 am Morning Tea with Older Australians

11:00 am Teams continue working

12:00 pm Lunch

12:30 pm Mini Workshop 'How to Pitch' Presented by Murray Rankin

1:30 pm Development & Roving Mentors

6:00 pm Dinner

6:30 pm Ongoing Development

11:00 pm Lights Out

Sunday 3 May 2015

9:00 am Review Day's Activities

9:30 am Ongoing Project Development & Judges Rove between Teams

10:30 am Morning Tea & Preparation for Pitch Videos

1:30 pm Lunch & Judging

2:30 pm Judges announce Top 10 Teams

2:40 pm Top 10 Teams Pitch on Stage

4:00 pm Winners announced and closing drinks

5:00 pm InnovAGE Close



Your team can take home prize money along with ongoing support to take your solution to the next level.

1st place: $2,500
2nd: $1,500
3rd: $1,000

In addition to the cash, the overall winner will receive:

Best Use of Kinect/VR Category

Best Use of iBeacon Category

Other prizes and showcasing projects post-innovAGE to be announced during mid-weeks!


InnovAGE will be held at the INSPIRE Centre at the University of Canberra over the weekends of 28-29 March and 2-3 May 2015. The INSPIRE Centre is a state of the art interactive meeting space with collaborative technologies and writeable Idea-Paint walls and enough break out rooms to allow teams to work on their ideas.

The INSPIRE Centre

University of Canberra,
University Drive,
Bruce ACT 2617


Calling all designers, engineers, programmers, architects, marketers, students from an array of fields, business experts and innovative entrepreneurs. InnovAGE gives you an opportunity to inspire and develop the next big thing in aged care.




You can join InnovAGE as a team or an individual. All team members (max 4) must register separately and indicate you are already a part of a team. Team formulation for individuals will take place upon arrival at InnovAGE. You can also start chatting with fellow participants on the Facebook Group.


We've partnered with companies that want to see real change in aged care and the wellbeing of older Australians.


LASA is the peak body for service providers of retirement living, home care, and residential aged care. LASA is committed to improved standards, equality and efficiency throughout the industry; helping older Australian live well. We advocate for the health, community and accommodation needs of older Australians, working with government and other stakeholders to advance the interests of all age services providers, and through them, the interests of older Australians.

Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre provides business advice, education and training, mentorship and networking opportunities to help new and existing startups, early stage and high growth businesses commercialise their ideas and grow their companies. There is no out of the box solution, so Lighthouse will tailor an approach to meet your specific needs and current stage of business development. Lighthouse achieves this through practical advice, free and fee-for-service mentoring programs, seminars, workshops, ‘hands-on' support and the all-important referrals and networking opportunities.

Founded in 2003, Isobar has since become the world's most global agency, with offices on six continents. They're a committed and diverse group of digital innovators and marketing visionaries dedicated to helping connect brands with their customers. Behind their walls, you'll find some of Australia's top minds in strategy, experience design, creative thinking and technology. Together, they're focused on creating world-class work and helping brands connect with their customers like never before. Brands like: ANZ, Holden, David Jones, Jetstar, Sensis, Dulux, JB Hi-Fi and Ten amongst others.

The University of Canberra is an important part of the life of the National Capital, with strong ties to the community, business and government. The University offers a vibrant environment with excellent facilities and access to innovative researchers and talented students. They aim to be world ranked by 2018 and have areas of strength including: health, sport, governance, communication, design, education and environment.

The Aged Care Industry IT Council (ACIITC) was formed with the intent of providing the industry with a vehicle to consider and debate IT related opportunities and to disseminate the lessons learned from that process to the wider aged care industry. The primary objective of ACIITC is to improve the quality of care for our clients through supporting and educating aged care service providers about the efficiencies and service improvement capabilities that well managed IT system deployments can achieve.


Our sponsors are a huge part of InnovAGE. Without their generous contributions, this event would not be possible.



NAB Health's market leading team of specialist bankers work exclusively with businesses and professionals in the healthcare industry across the country, providing comprehensive financial solutions to pharmacy, practitioners, aged care, private hospitals, private health insurance, health supply, community and allied health providers.

Our team's extensive knowledge, experience and long term commitment to the aged care sector means we understand the opportunities and challenges facing aged care operators and partner with them to deliver tailored financial and investment solutions. We partner with operators across the sector including single site providers, not for profit participants and listed aged care groups.

Carers ACT is a one-stop-shop with targeted and practical programs and services designed to support you in your caring role. Carers ACT recognises that quality of life is important not only for the person being cared for, but also for the carer. Currently, over 43,000 people in Canberra provide unpaid care.

Carers ACT provide a range of programs and services for unpaid carers, including: information and advice, counselling and support groups, educational and social activities, advocacy services, branch out, and respite.

GuildLink is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, a leading advocate for community pharmacy representing almost 5,000 pharmacies across Australia. The people at GuildLink have many years' experience in the professional practice of pharmacy. They are dedicated and passionate about this industry. GuildLink is guided by the GuildLink Charter. At GuildLink the focus is on providing software solutions to the Health Care Industry with both GuildLink divisions providing a unique offering.

Estimote have donated a number of beacon dev kits to play with. Estimote Beacons and Stickers are small wireless sensors that you can attach to any location or object. They broadcast tiny radio signals which your smartphone can receive and interpret, unlocking micro-location and contextual awareness. With the Estimote SDK, apps on your smartphone are able to understand their proximity to nearby locations and objects, recognising their type, ownership, approximate location, temperature and motion. Use this data to build a new generation of magical mobile apps that connect the real world to your smart device. Estimote Beacons are certified iBeacon™ compatible and ready for deployment at scale.

Opaque Multimedia Pty Ltd is a Melbourne-based digital design studio founded to make immersion more achievable. They've developed immersive environments for training, research and medical purposes, like the award-winning Virtual Dementia Experience. They also advised companies and researchers on immersive technologies and even developed Kinect 4 Unreal so others can achieve immersion without effort. An Opaque Multimedia engineer will be onsite at InnovAGE, providing mentor training and allowing participants to utilise their Kinects and K4U devices.

From the first customer to IPO and beyond, the world's most progressive startups build and grow their businesses on Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS offers a broad set of global compute, storage, database, analytics, application, and deployment services that help startups to scale quickly, go to market faster, control costs and stay lean.

With the merging of three key community based organisations in 2014, we celebrate our foundation of coming together to build stronger community linkages. At 3Bridges we have more than 40 years combined experience in partnering with local communities to provide an array of solutions that make a positive difference. By doing so, we build happier, healthier, connected, educated and enriched communities.

Sundale is a community based not for profit organisation focusing on the needs of our community, wherever we operate. We have no shareholders so every cent we generate goes back into improving and extending the services we provide. We have been successfully operating for over 50 years, and are financially stable and secure.

To support our communities we provide rehabilitation; in home services; retirement living options; residential aged care; housing and childcare services. Our focus is on your independence and well-being, and in providing services your way.

Lifestyle is the focus of all of our Sundale services, wherever they may be located. Accommodation and associated services and activities for our customers are specific to your needs, and encourage continued engagement with your general community. Nestled in some sensational surroundings, our sites provide you the choice of being as active, or settled, as you wish - it's your choice!

Goodwin is dedicated to providing Australians with high quality aged care services and accommodation across the ACT through experience-driven developments in independent living villages, reliable in-home community care, and pioneering enhance residential aged care facility standards.

Goodwin is a community-based, not for profit organisation founded in 1954 when a group of Canberra citizens met to "launch a scheme for a housing settlement for aged people in Canberra". Now the organisation manages 449 independent living units and 360 aged care places across three sites in the ACT with assets of over $350 million dollars.

ThomsonAdsett is a specialist architectural design firm who has been working in the Seniors Living sector for over 30 years. We have a demonstrated history of being at the forefront of world's best practice creating innovative buildings for the domestic and international markets.


Being part of InnovAGE means stepping outside the box – a bit of bravery and being open to experimenting. If that sounds like your organisation, we want to hear from you.

Find out more about being a sponsor or supporter here.


Contact us for sponsorship details and more information about the event.


Call: (02) 6230 1676

Post: Unit 4, 21 Torrens St, Braddon, ACT 2612


Can I still come if I don't register?

Unfortunately not, tickets are limited. By registering we are able to communicate directly with you prior to the event. We are able to get a good idea of the types of skills we will have available on the day and, most importantly, we can make sure there is enough food and drink to keep everyone going. Without your registration, we cannot guarantee any of the above!

Do I have to participate in both weekends?

No – you can participate in one weekend or both (although you will get more out of it if you are involved for the whole program). There will be an opportunity to nominate which weekend you want to participate in when you register.


Important to note: InnovAGE is limited to the first 100 people to register online and make full payment. Priority will be given to those who register for the entire event (both weekends), and have made full payment by Monday 16 March 2015. Should the event reach capacity the organiser will make contact, as your space may be taken up by other interested participants.

What's the point in only coming for the 1st weekend?

Both weekends allow you to develop and idea, but participating in both weekends gives you greater access to your team members, mentors, customers, clients and potential investors. You will also have more time and support to develop your idea or concept. If you are particularly interested in analysing or using the outcome of data analysis, the extra time will definitely work in your favour.

Can I form a team only for the 2nd weekend?

Yes you can. You will have an opportunity to form a team at the beginning of both weekends. It might be a bit harder to join an established team on the second weekend – we will leave that choice to the existing team members.

If I only come for the 2nd weekend, am I still eligible to win a prize?

There will be categories of prizes and these will reflect the effort and commitment that went into the development of the concept or idea.

If I only attend the 1st or 2nd weekends, do I still have access to the data in the weeks in between?

If you only register for the second weekend you will not have access to the data. We believe to get the best value out of the data analysis you will need to be engaged from the very beginning.

What are the benefits of only attending for one weekend?

This is entirely up to you. The weekends are fairly unstructured and the reason for this is that the outcome is entirely driven by you and your entrepreneurial drive.

Is this only for hackers and developers?

Absolutely not. The event is to encourage, develop and launch good ideas and this involves more than just coding. Each group will need a diverse range of skills, just like any business, to take it through the development process. So if you are coder, marketer, graphic designer or accountant – anyone is welcome.

What do I get for my $50 entry fee?

- Four days registration to InnovAGE and the opportunity to be the future of ageing

- Access to untapped data relating to the sector

- Face-to-face interaction with real customers and service providers

- Mentoring and Workshops

- Engagement during the event through updated data, vignettes, access to experts, chat forums and online peer groups

- Cool swag (t-shirt, water bottle etc.)

- Catering for four days

- Opportunity to present to a high-profile panel

- Opportunity to win prizes and support from hosts and sponsors to take your winning entry to the next level

- Most importantly, you get to have fun while creating solutions to help older Australians live well!

Are we allowed to sleep?

Sleep is optional, but highly recommended. You will have access to the venue until 11pm on the Friday and Saturday. However, at some point, even your intrepid organisers will want to go home and sleep and you will politely be asked to leave and come back in the morning. You cannot sleep on the premises.

Will there be food?

Yes – we will feed you. Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and snacks will be provided on both weekends. Dinner will be supplied on 28 March and 2 May.

A closing reception with drinks and canapés will follow the announcement of InnovAGE winners on Sunday 3 May.

Please indicate any dietary requirements when registering for InnovAGE and we will do our utmost to meet those requirements.

Any other food and beverage is to be arranged by the individual participant at their own expense. Please note that alcohol is not permitted on the premises unless provided by the organisers.

I'm coming from interstate – what do I do about accommodation?

There are accommodation options close by.

University of Canberra Village - short stays offering a range of self-catered apartments year round. The Village is within walking distance to the Inspire Centre.

Belconnen Premier Inn - hotel rooms from $168 per night.

Belconnen Way Motel & Services Apartments – rooms from $125 per night.

The Canberra YHA - twin/double ($103 - $165 per room) and multi-share rooms ($30 - $40 per bed).

Other hostel style accommodation can be found here.

Who are the organisers?

InnovAGE is hosted by Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre (Lighthouse), isobar, University of Canberra (UC) and the Aged Care Industry IT Council (ACIITC). More on hosts here

Do I need my own equipment – laptop?

You are welcome to bring your own preferred devices, but all other required infrastructure will be provided on the day (e.g. internet connection, WI-FI).

What can our team solution potentially be?

Your solutions can be from any discipline and we have themed the areas of activity:

CODE IT - social, mobile, apps and coding.

CRUNCH IT - social data, data analysis, big data.

SENSE IT - internet of Thing, wearables.

DESIGN IT - product, spaces, environments, buildings.

BUILT IT - Physical, 3d Printing, prototyping.

LAUNCH IT - Proof of concept, beta test, and commercial ready.

What are the terms and conditions of InnovAGE?

Refer to the Terms and Conditions. Click Here.