The 4QCatalyst team was onstage this month in Boston’s Innovation District to pitch our Memory Connector solution to sponsors focused on Innovating Dementia Care in Japan, U.S. and the World.  And we brought home a prize!  This was a two-stage competition, with 10 teams selected to pitch in the final round, based on their contributions to an open, multi-day Reimagining Longevity Ideathon cosponsored by SOMPO, one of the largest insurers and assisted living facility operators in Japan, the Cambridge Innovation Center, and the Kendall Square Venture Café.

SOMPO’s challenge to Ideathon participants was to Design new technology-enabled solutions, and compassionate business models, to transform elder care.

4QCatalyst won third prize with a solution based on our patent-pending Conversational Programming and our voice-activated Memory Connector device. The 4Q solution provides a simple, integrated, voice-activated process for everyone in the family to link family photos and home videos with relevant cultural memory artifacts, making a lifetime of shared memories available to a loved one with dementia and increasing social engagement during family visits and caregiver interactions.

The 10 finalist teams pitched a wide range of ideas, from customized virtual reality headsets for dementia patients to memory boosting games, ideas for integrating music and art therapy into care, a patent-pending early diagnostic test for Alzheimer’s (second prize winner) and a proposal to set up a program in Japan where university students get free housing in assisted living facilities in exchange for interacting regularly with residents, a model already being tested in the US and Europe (first prize winner).

In addition to our cash prize, 4QCatalyst will become a pilot participant with working space in the new Longevity Innovation Hub at the Cambridge Innovation Center. We look forward to collaborating with the other Longevity Innovation Hub companies to create solutions for healthy aging and the Boomer market.