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ReFresh IT provides support to event for 2nd year

Richmond, VA (March 18,2016) — Seven Virginia university teams participated in the second annual “Caring for the Caregiver Hack” in Richmond March 18-20. The teams were made from a variety of health care students to computer science and engineering studies. Each team was paired with a caregiver who has experienced first hand what it means to care for a family member or loved one during the most sensitive time of their lives.

The event is hosted by SeniorNavigator and the Lindsay Institute for Innovations in Caregiving and is aimed at developing technologies that benefit the lives of caregivers. Major sponsors of the 2016 Caring for the Caregiver Hack include: AARP, the Society for Certified Senior Advisors, Capital One, Pfizer and UnitedHealthcare. It was hosted at the Troutman Sanders building in downtown Richmond.

“It’s always a pleasure to see young minds developing new things- especially when focusing on solving a problem,” said Jacy Smith, Director of Digital Innovation. “We were happy to be invited back a second year to help the SeniorNavigator staff throw such a wonderful event.”


Winning teams!

The winners and their projects from the event were:

  • Grand Prize ($5,000 Cash Prize):  James Madison University for “My Time” – an app to encourage and remind family caregivers to make and take time for leisure during the midst of the caregiver’s busy day.
  • 2nd Place ($1,000 Cash Prize):  University of Virginia for “Quilted Stories” —  a social media online app that harnesses the power of story-telling to create real human connections.
  • 3rd place ($500 Cash Prize): William & Mary for “Simply Connected” – an easy-to-use web-application that allows long-distance caregivers and other family members to stay connected through the power of simplified technology.

In addition to the prizes awarded at the event, an additional grant was secured so that a second round competition could be offered to all the teams. It will provide the winner $10,000 in seed funding to develop the project more plus 10 hours of donated business and legal counsel from LeClairRyan.

A complete album of photos from the event is available on Facebook.

About ReFresh IT:

In 2013, ReFresh IT co-founders Burt Cigler and Jacy Smith combined their experience in hospice information technologies and launched ReFresh IT to bridge the gap between people and technology. The dynamic duo behind ReFresh IT pride themselves on their ability to communicate with clients on a level doesn’t make technology sound intimidating, and offer services that include technology audits, strategy development, IT consulting, web integrations, and mobile solutions, among others.

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