Following the success of our first hackathon in 2017, we’re pleased to be supporting the 2019 #RESIHackathon, which will focus on providing state-of-the-art tech solutions to the elderly through innovation in residential design – a need that is often overlooked in the later-life industry.

Johnny Sandelson

Later-lifers are becoming increasingly tech savvy and there’s no reason they shouldn’t benefit from the great advancements of our times, especially as many technological solutions could make their lives easier and much more comfortable.

There’s no better way to discover the next best thing in tech than a hackathon – a chance for the most exciting tech developers of today to come together and create tools that could ultimately be implemented in organisations across the country.

Auriens is raising the bar to create the ultimate hospitality experience, enabling residents to make the most of their later lives. No detail is left unconsidered, from beautifully designed and thoughtful homes to the finest healthcare, if or when the need arises.

We have placed tech at the heart of the overall design and concept at our forthcoming development in the heart of Chelsea, south-west London, and have a history of incubating the latest tech developments from some of the UK’s brightest minds. Auriens also invests in start-ups championing the improvement of later life for everyone. A prime example is our early-stage investment in AI-driven care provider Cera.

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Accessibility and ergonomics, with invisible adaptations, are at the core of our design. Circadian lighting in each of the 55 one- and two-bedroom apartments is designed to increase cognitive processing and improve sleep and alertness in the morning.

Residents will experience world-class hospitality and personalised care services including augmented options via our integrated app and voice platform. It’s all about enhancing residents’ independence and quality of life, as well as addressing their specific needs.

Hackathons are an excellent way to kickstart innovation. It’s always a privilege to see designers, industry experts, marketing pros, business experts and software and app developers come together to blend their expertise and develop solutions to real-world problems in just 24 hours. Previous winning concepts include an internet browser plug-in helping perennials to shop online and an app that alleviates loneliness by combining storytelling with AI.

A team of tech and industry mentors will be on hand to help participants create next-generation tech solutions using the IoT, machine/deep learning, AI and more. Dr Will Young will also be bringing along some age simulation suits from Brunel University to this year’s event, giving you the opportunity to physically experience the impairments of older people.

We’re very much looking forward to seeing what solutions our participants come up with this year and are always open to integrating the best ideas into our plans for Auriens.

Johnny Sandelson is founder of Auriens


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RESI 2019 is being held at the Celtic Manor Resort on 11-13 September. To secure your place, visit