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Decoding Dementia winners

Dementia Australia has announced the winners of Decoding Dementia 2019, a competition to inspire and promote the use of technology to support people living with dementia.

The winners are: Matiu Bush for Audio Kinetic Jukebox, Nan Yu for My Dementia Companion, Nicc Johnson for Muru Music, and Anne-Louise and Mark Underwood for the MemBo Noticeboard.

The four winning entries were chosen by an expert panel and will receive a share of up to $200,000 in in-kind support, with Dementia Australia to co-design the support package with the winners based on their needs.

Dementia Australia Executive Director Operations Leanne Emerson said the opportunity to be part of finding the next technology solution was exciting.

“Dementia Australia has been a trailblazer in using technology to improve dementia care and we are proud to have led this project which should deliver even more solutions for people living with dementia so they can remain socially-included, accepted, independent, able to access high-quality health care and connected with the people and places they want,” Ms Emerson said.

(L-R) Andrea Culligan, Partner, Deloitte; Nan Yu, My Dementia Companion; Matiu Bush, Audio Kinetic Jukebox; Tom Imbesi, Chairman of Deloitte Australia; Michael Kitts, Partner, Deloitte; Maree McCabe, CEO of Dementia Australia; Jo Mond, Assistant Secretary, Dementia and Supporting Ageing Branch, Department of Health; Graeme Samuel AC, Chair of Dementia Australia; Takaya Honda, Dementia Australia Ambassador; and Karen and Kerin Glennen, Dementia Advocates

The winning ideas at various stages of start-up and concept are:

  • MemBo Noticeboard: an app which displays appointments, notes and photos on tablets and mobile phones, replacing the need for a physical noticeboard, calendar or diary.
  • Muru Music: uses artificial intelligence to create scalable, automated and personalised music experiences.
  • Audio Kinetic Jukebox: combines music and movement through vibration technology embedded in a cinema chair. The person reclines in the chair and listens to music via headphones.
  • My Dementia Companion: a virtual care companion that leverages machine learning to understand the needs of people with dementia and their families, and provide relevant and timely support throughout their journey.

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