Design Thinking: Addressing the challenges of aging

Tonomy Shop Design Thinking for the Elderly

On Friday March 3rd, 2017, Age Well and Hacking Health hosted a brainstorming event at the Desjardins Lab in Montreal. The end goal? To come up with fabulous ideas to better the quality of life of the elderly, and then enter these ideas into a national competition with the chance to win 75,000$ in start-up and in-kind funding.

I was lucky enough to participate in this brainstorming session on behalf of Présages through their Trajectoire initiative.

As promised, the Lab was filled chock-a-block with a diverse group people excited to bring their expertise together to explore the intersection between technology and aging. For the provincial kick-off, we were divided into groups of 5 or 6 participants. Sharpies, post it notes and timers were poised for use, and in mini bursts of concentration we set about coming up with as many broad concepts as we could and then choosing one to develop further. By 5pm, we had the rough beginnings of a business plan canvas to use to further validate our ideas.

It was the first design thinking experience for many of those attending, and served as a great warm up prior to preparing for the official competition submission this April. I know you are all wondering if Tonomy Shop will submit a project, and the answer is, yes, of course! I will not forget to update you on which concept I’ve settled on this spring.

The competition is open to everyone, and I am sure there are many of you out there with important insights on how the lives of seniors could be made easier. I encourage you to check out  and learn what you need to do to submit your concept.

A little more on Age Well and Hacking Health:

Age Well, is a federally-funded organisation with the mission to explore emerging technologies and how they can improve the quality of life of seniors as well as support caregivers. They bring together experts across government and non-profit organisations, caregivers, academics and of course older adults themselves to support the development of services, products and policies.

Hacking Health, a Canadian based international not-for-profit organization facilitates innovation in healthcare by bringing together practitioners and patients in order to find human-centric solutions for the healthcare industry at large. 

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