Accessible Tech Network is to generate bold solutions that enhance the quality of life for disabled people through the use of assistive technologies. We offer conferences, seminars, webinars and intensive 24hour and 48hour idea prototyping hackathons around a specific challenge.
Our first event of a series covering other themes related to accessible technologies is about employment – Accessible Tech in Employment Conference and Hackathon.
As part of the Fringe at the Accessible Tech in Employment conference, the Accessible Tech team works with MakeSense London and Make Sense School to host an Accessible Tech “Hackathon” #ATEHack.
The Accessible Tech Hackathon is a 24 hour (Saturday-Sunday, around February 2017) event for students and recent graduates passionate about accessible design, assistive technologies, IoT, and employment.
The hackathon initiative was created in collaboration with SenseSchool – a social enterprise powered by MakeSense. It was founded in 2012 by Marine Plossu, Caroline Delboy and Christian Vanizette with an aim to enable students and young graduates to learn and problem solve by getting involved in real challenges encountered by social enterprises in many different fields such as employment, health, housing, and many more. A methodology called “Innovation Game” will be used to guide the participants through the innovation process. To learn more about Innovation Games, check this video.
The goal of ATEHack is to pair teams of students with partners/projects in the London social enterprise (socent) community who tackle issues related to disability and accessibility. Each partner has a problem in mind which they face because of the certain tech accessibility issue. Over the course of the hackathon, students brainstorm, design, and create prototype solutions for their social enterprise.
*Note on teams*
If you have a team, you will be asked to fill out your project preferences as a team at the meeting with all our socent partners. If you do not have a team, you can use the meeting to learn about other participants and form a team, or we can match you with a team during the team-socent matching process following the meeting based on your project preferenes.
Before the hacakthon, teams meet their socent to better understand the problem they face and start brainstorming solutions.
Hackathon location is to be confirmed. More info soon!
Registration deadline will be announced soon. Individuals registering after the deadline will be placed on the waitlist. In the case of limited spots, there will be a lottery with the results announced at a given time.
10am-12pm – Registration, sign-in, team formation, meeting your team facilitator
12:00-13:00 – Lunch at the venue
13:00-13:30 – Opening brief
13:30 – Start Innovation Game – Design, coding and development
17:30-18:30 – Welcoming the Experts to give advice on the first solution prototypes
18:30 onwards – Through the night! – Design, coding, development and production. You can code all night, but this is by no means obligatory or expected. Snacks and drinks will be provided
8:00-9:00 – Breakfast
9:00-12:00 – Hackathon, design, coding, development and production/pitch rehearsals
12:00-13:00 – Lunch at the venue
13:00-14:00 – Hackathon, design, coding, development and production/pitch rehearsals
14:00 – ‘Hackathon Stop’, Meeting teams and collecting presentations
16:30 – HACKATHON PITCH – teams will present their solutions
17:45 – Vote of the jury and prizes ceremony
19:00 – End of the hackathon.
To find out more, please go to our hackathon page here: http://accessibletech.co.uk/hackathon.
JOIN OUR EVENT AS A VOLUNTEER/MENTOR/JUDGE
VOLUNTEERS - If you are interested in being a volunteer to help out during the event, please fill this form in: https://goo.gl/forms/S3ncMmS2BQjIQZLD2
MENTORS - Please get in touch, if you are interested in becoming a mentor/expert at our 24h hackathon event. You can also make a recommendation. More info here: http://accessibletech.co.uk/be-a-mentor
JUDGES - Please get in touch, if you are interested in becoming a judge at our 24h hackathon event. You can also make a recommendation. More info here: http://accessibletech.co.uk/be-a-judge
Alternatively, reach out to Magda or Juliette at email@example.com.
BE A SPONSOR!
We are now looking for Sponsors who would like to support Accessible Tech Network event and gain some publicity, please get in touch for all the info - contact Magda at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07415659892.
Check back for more information about scheduled events as they become available. Until then, track the Accessible Tech in Employment progress by following our blog here.
Our main hackathon sponsors are:
You will have an opportunity to make amazing accessible tech and IoT at our hackathon using Intel Edison - a cutting edge, adaptive technology made for a range of prototyping projects and commercial ventures. Intel kindly sponsors our hack and allows you to win Intel® Edison prize!