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Accessible Tech Network is to generate bold solutions that enhance the quality of life for disabled people through the use of accessible technologies. We offer conferences, seminars, webinars and intensive 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 Hackathon & Talk.

Accessible Tech Network team works with Intel, Google Campus, MakeSense London, Make Sense School, and Imperial College London to host an Accessible Tech “Hackathon” #ATEHack. We will focus on Internet of Things, mobile, Web, UX/UI/AI, Service Design or desktop solutions, or something in between, and hardware.

The Accessible Tech Hackathon is a two day (Saturday-Sunday, 18-19 March 2017) event for everyone passionate about accessible design, assistive technologies, IoT, and employment.

We have two tracks: open innovation and industry collaboration.

Open Innovation track hackers will have an opportunity to create solutions from scratch and Industry Collaboration track hackers (3 project groups in total) will be permitted to choose one of the four projects/challenges faced by UK-based social entrepreneurs/charities, and then work on these projects during the hackathon.

The purpose of the hackathon is to create the best possible and novel solutions to specific tech accessibility issues (open innovation/ideas from scratch) or accessible tech problems that our industry partners are dealing with, within a set amount of time. Once a team is formed participants can start hacking for the following days. In the end they present and pitch their solutions in front of a public and jury.

The goal of #ATEHack is to pair teams of participants with other individuals and/or partners/projects in the UK startup 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, participants brainstorm, design, and create prototype solutions for their social enterprise/startup.

For this event Accessible Tech Network will bring together a community of passionate people with relevant experience, ideas and skill sets. Insights and solutions generated through the event, once proven successful will then be recorded into a policy, product, device, service or environment. It is our ambition that private, public, and third sector organisations working in the accessibility sector will benefit substantially from Accessible Tech’s innovative solutions and find a way to integrate these into their operations.

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.

*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 startup 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-startup matching process following the meeting based on your project preferenes.

Before the hackathon, team members meet together and/or meet with their startup to better understand the problem they face and start brainstorming solutions.

There's no overnight stay at the venue. Our hackathon FAQ info will be released soon, we will provide more info on accommodation and travels etc.

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.

Hackathon Schedule:

Saturday 18th March

9:30am-11am – Registration, sign-in, team formation, meeting your team facilitator

11am – Opening brief

11:30 – Start Innovation Game – Design, coding and development

17:30-18:30 – Welcoming the Experts to give advice on the first solution prototypes

18:30-21:00 – 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 until 9PM. You can take your work and team with you, and be back next day for breakfast! There’s no overnight stay at the venue.

Sunday 19th March

9:00 – Breakfast

9:00-12:00 – Hackathon, design, coding, development and production/pitch rehearsals

12:00-12:30 – Lunch

12:30-14:00 – 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:


Talks on how startups and businesses can embrace tech accessibility and become more efficient in designing/developing more accessible products and services and reaching a larger-scale audience and customers i.e. disabled clients. Moreover, we will host disabled CEOs and teams from the leading accessibility focused startups and businesses who will talk about their successful ventures and tell stories on accessibility, diversity, inclusion, employment and startup ecosystem in London.

Saturday 18th March

13:00-13:30 – Opening brief

13:30-15:30 – Speakers

15:30-16:00 – Break and snacks

16:00-16:50 – Speaker panel – Q&A

17:00 – Networking

*Speaker info coming soon…

Sunday 19th March

14:00-16:00 – Workshops on Accessibility, Inclusion and Employment.


VOLUNTEERS - If you are interested in being a volunteer to help out during the event, please fill this form in:

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:

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:

Alternatively, reach out to Magda or Juliette at


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 or text/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:


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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!

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Have questions about Accessible Technology in Employment Hackathon & Talk 2017? Contact Accessible Tech Network and Make Sense London

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