DemVR: a virtual reality hackathon for people living with dementia

Digital Health

Collaborators Silverline Memories

Abstract

DemVR aimed to find new and innovative ideas to help those living with dementia, whether it’s through a VR hardware solution or an interactive VR experience.

Method

Several teams made up of both VR experts and non-experts came together and had 24 hours to research and create their demo experiences.

Takeaways

The winners’ recreated the experience of a beach with an array of sounds and tactile features around a VR viewfinder.

We ran DemVR, a hackathon around designing Virtual Reality experiences for people living with dementia. DemVR aimed to find new and innovative ideas to help those living with dementia, whether it’s through a VR hardware solution or an interactive VR experience.

Several teams made up of both VR experts and non-experts came together at the Great North Exhibition, and had 24 hours to research and create their demo experiences.

The winners 'Reach Out and Touch Space' brought the local beach Whitley Bay into the event space with an array of sounds and tactile features around their VR viewfinder.

Teams were provided with creative material and qualitative data gathered from people living with dementia, as well as research from experts in the area of technology and dementia, in order to inspire them to create assets and environments that might enrich the experiences of those affected by the condition.

To find out more, visit the DemVR website.