Caring for the Caregiver Hack

V4 Development acted as a silver sponsor for the Lindsay Institute's second Caring for the Caregiver Hack. In addition, David vanBlaricom, V4 Development’s very own CEO, participated as a judge in the competition. The challenge given was to develop a technology tool to help caregivers stay healthy. Participants included teams of students from College of William and Mary, George Mason University, James Madison University, Lynchburg College, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Virginia Tech.Each team was then led by a faculty coach and paired with a family caregiver. David enjoyed being a part of this event and was greatly impressed with the final products each team presented. The group of judges ultimately awarded official prizes to three teams. 1st place, with a $5,000 cash prize, was given to James Madison University for their app, “My Time”. The app encourages and reminds family caregivers to make and take time for leisure during the midst of the caregiver’s busy day. 2nd place, with a $1,000 cash prize, was given to University of Virginia for their app, “Quilted Stories”. The online social media app harnesses the power of storytelling to create real human connections. 3rd place, with a $500 cash prize, was given to William & Mary for their easy-to-use web application, “Simply Connected”. The application allows long-distance caregivers and other family members to stay connected through the power of simplified technology. The Lindsay Institute hosts the Caring for the Caregiver Hack to engage students and faculty at Virginia colleges and universities, all while raising awareness for caregiver health. The event was held on the weekend of March 18 - March 20, 2016 at Troutman Sanders, LLC in Richmond, Virginia.

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