World Alzheimer's Day is marked throughout the world on 21 September. Hrvatski Telekom is also part of this. For more than two years, HT has been participating in the worldwide initiative #gameforgood. This launched the mobile game Sea Hero Quest that has so far been downloaded by over four million people. Thanks to the popularity of the game, scientists who research dementia have a very large database that would normally take more than 12,000 years of lab research to collect.
According to data from the International Alzheimer's Association, almost 50 million people are suffering from this most common form of dementia worldwide. The assumption is that by 2050, the disease will affect more than 130 million people across the world. According to the latest data from 2015, more than 86,000 people live with dementia in Croatia, and this figure is steadily increasing.
In mid-August, the distinguished scientific journal Current Biology published the research conducted by the University of London and the University of Eastern England. The research was based on data from more than half a million people in 57 countries that played Sea Hero Quest. It showed, for example, that spatial navigation skills are strongly linked to GDP in individual countries. The best results were achieved by residents of the Nordic countries, North America, Australia, and New Zealand.
Thanks to Deutsche Telekom, scientists around the world will now be provided with the largest possible database through a secure web portal. The database will help them to find out more about dementia and it will also help in the wider area of neurological research.
The mobile game Sea Hero Quest is based on navigating islands and glacier labyrinths. Experts turn every second of information into scientific data. Last year, the VR version of the game was also presented in Berlin. It can also track eye movement responses and replicate laboratory experiments that could not be tracked using a mobile version. It is available for iOS and Android devices and can be downloaded free of charge from the AppStore and Google Play.