Alison Harrington is a passionate social entrepreneur who has worked in technology for Microsoft and has founded 2 technology businesses and been recognized as a finalist in the Telstra Business Women of the Year Awards.
More recently Alison has dedicated her passion and skills to social impact and has completed post-graduate studies in social impact at UNSW. It was during her studies Alison applied her technology expertise to create an innovative project that utilised silent disco technology to create better physical and mental health outcomes for seniors. From a university idea and a small NSW government grant, the MooveandGroove program was born, a world first. With the initial support of NSW government grants, qualified music therapists and exercise physiologists the Moove & Groove program was created. A pilot study proved the concept not only worked, but was a much needed solution that addressed the mental health and physical well-being of seniors. And did so in a fun, engaging and innovative way. The program has flourished and has demonstrated proven benefits for those living with dementia. It now runs in over 100 facilities across Australia making a great impact in many seniors' lives every day. Alison and her team have built a community of residents and supportive staff in facilities across Australia. Alison has presented at Aging 2.0 in San Francisco, is a 2020 finalist for She EO and the program was a finalist in the 2019 innovAGEING Awards.
Alison is committed to re-inventing aging and utilising technology to assist those living with dementia and their families by creating connections, conversations and joyful moments.