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Determination, Relatability, Experience Help Mason Team Create Award-Winning Website for Family Caregivers

March 31, 2015

March 31, 2015 - Students from CHHS and CHSS recently won the People's Choice Award at the Caregiver Hack Design Challenge. The team designed "The Family Room," a site where family members can keep up with primary caregivers and older adults during the caregiving process. The award winning team included students from the School of Nursing, Department of Global and Community Healthy, Department of Health Administration and Policy, and Department of Psychology (CHSS). Read more.

In March, a team of five multidisciplinary George Mason Students competed in the Caregiver Hack Design Challenge in Richmond, Virginia. For this challenge, Heather Davies, Elizabeth “Libby” Rolf, Matthew Jesso, Ben Ruggeberg, and Julia Pfeiffer were tasked with creating a product or an app in 24 hours that would assist family caregivers with their role. In that time, they created a site called “The Family Room” that helps caregivers update family members and allows a secure location for medial records to be stored. The five member Mason team won the hackathon’s People’s Choice Award (along with a $1,000 cash prize) for “The Family Room,” showing that they were creating something that caregivers felt was particularly useful for their role. The Mason team will continue working on the site to make it even more resourceful for caregivers and families.

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