UNT Computer Science and Engineering students earn awards at LeadingAge HackFest

Five University of North Texas students, including three Computer Science and Engineering students, and business reaped awards at the first-ever LeadingAge HackFest Oct. 25 – 27 in Dallas for designing technological tools that can be used to improve the lives of older adults.

First place — Global EngAge

David Adamo Jr., a doctoral student in computer science, and his four teammates from other universities clinched first place with a videoconferencing app that allows seniors to connect with others even if they can’t leave their homes. Seniors can virtually attend community events through the app. The first-place team received $5,000.

“All of this technology already exists. We just created something to make it incredibly easy to use,” Adamo said. “Simplicity was the most important concern.”

People’s Choice Award — AMAZE

Quentin Mayo, a UNT student working on a doctoral degree in computer science, and Mahsa Kia, an undergraduate studying computer engineering at UNT, served on the four-person AMAZE team that earned the People’s Choice Award for creating a tool that sends a text message when a senior takes his or her medication.

“We are trying to enrich lives,” Mayo said. “We want to give them positive encouragement to take their medication on time. They get a reminder to take medication through a text, and then they are connected through a call with another person.”

The People’s Choice team earned $1,000.

“Winning this award meant that we got heard and that our product will hopefully one day help the elderly in order to extend their lives even more,” Kia said.

Read more about the LeadingAge HackFest winners.

Read about David Adamo and his team in a Long-Term living article.

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