How might we design solutions to increase social interaction for persons with dementia to engage socially and improve subjective well-being?

Social Interaction

A social interaction is an exchange between two or more individuals and is a building block of society. Social interaction can happen between groups of two, three or larger social groups. By interacting with one another, people design rules, institutions and systems within which they seek to live.

Dementia is a socially ostracising condition, and the most important task is to bridge the gap between those who are affected and wider society.

Engage Socially

The goal of treatment for people with dementia involves maintaining their engagement in life, and improving an individual’s ability to communicate is an important part of that engagement.

Conversations connect people. Having one’s words acknowledged and shared by another person promotes a feeling of well-being. When a person’s ability to speak becomes limited, try creating and recognizing other ways to connect. A meaningful utterance, shared smile or even just direct eye contact might be worth a thousand words.

Subjective Well-Being

Subjective well-being (SWB) is defined as a person’s cognitive and affective evaluations of his or her life.

The cognitive element refers to what one thinks about his or her life satisfaction in global terms (life as a whole) and in domain terms (in specific areas of life such as work, relationships, etc.) The affective element refers to emotions, moods and feelings. Affect is considered positive when the emotions, moods and feelings experienced are pleasant (e.g. joy, elation, affection etc.)

Designathon We Engage 2019

Designathon We Engage 2019 looks to empower the community to come together to design for dementia! The event brings together designers, developers, entrepreneurs, students, caregivers, healthcare workers and social service providers to collaborate and identify design solutions for persons with dementia and their caregivers in Singapore.

Have an idea and would like to bring it to life?

Submit your ideas to participate in the 2-day Designathon We Engage 2019 Hackathon Event.

Shortlisted teams will be selected to join the 2-day makeathon event to design their own products for persons with dementia; speak to industry experts and mentors; work with caregivers and dementia professionals. 

Designathon We Engage 2019 is supported by DesignSingapore Council and hosted at National Design Centre. We are also delighted to have OCBC, The Open Vault as our partner sponsor for this year’s event. 


STEP 1: 
Register for the Info Session and learn more the problem statement. Meet with experts and form a team of up to 5 people.

Join Designathon We Engage Listen 2019 by submitting your team’s design proposal by 11th August 2019.

Join the activities held from July until August.

You will be informed by 13th of August if your team has been shortlisted to join the 2-day making event. Shortlisted teams will be invited to make their prototypes at the National Design Centre from 31 August – 1 Septemeber 2019!

Please read details on how to go about each step below. If you have any further queries, you can reach us here.


Registrations Open
5 July

Info Sessions
– 22nd July (The Open Vault @OCBC)
– 5th August (National Design Centre, Makerspace@NDC)

Registrations Close
11th August

Results Announced (for Shortlisted Teams Only)
13th August

Prototyping Weekend (for Shortlisted Teams Only)
– 16th and 17th August
– 23rd and 24th August

ENABLING EDIE™ (for Shortlisted Teams Only)
23rd August

2-Day Designathon We Engage 2018
31st August – 1st September

Step 1:

Register for the Info Session

Find out more about Designathon We Engage 2019 at by registering for the Info Sessions on

Info Session 1 – Jul 22nd 2019, The Open Vault @ OCBC
Info Session 2 – Aug 5th 2019, National Design Centre, Makerspace

Hear from experts, discuss the challenge, meet other passionate innovators and form your teams to participate in the competition!

Please do take note that to be part of the Designathon We Engage 2019, it is compulsory to attend at least one Info Session either on Jul 22nd or Aug 5th.

Click here to register for the info sessions., if you have any further queries, you can send an enquiry email here.

Step 2:

Have an idea? Submit your design proposal

Form up into a team of up to 5 members and register your interest to join Designathon We Engage 2019 by sending in your design proposal!

Download the submission template, complete it and send it to by 11 August, 2019, 2359hrs.

This submission is your team’s official entry to Designathon We Engage 2019.

Download Design Proposal Template

Step 3:

Learn more about Dementia and enjoy the event line-up


Designathon We Engage 2019 is held in conjunction with the Enabling Festival (6-8 September) that seeks to address the growing importance of dementia awareness and advocacy.

As part of the Designathon We Engage 2019 experience, there are many events organised to give you a better idea of life with dementia. Please do register for the sessions!

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Step 4:

Join Designathon We Remember 2019

Shortlisted teams will be selected to join the 2-day making event to design their own products for persons with dementia. We have also opened up the makerspace for shortlisted participants to build their prototypes during the prototyping weekend (Aug 16, 17 and 23, 24) leading up to the designathon event.

Participants will be supplied with tools and materials to build their prototypes.

Have a chance to speak with mentors from various backgrounds, work with caregivers and dementia experts, and win cash prizes to further your solution!

31-1 September 2019, Saturday – Sunday 
8.30am–6.00pm, National Design Centre Level 2