Sheffield is a city of makers, with a tremendous history of technology talent and ingenuity. We are a group of students and staff based at The University of Sheffield with a deep passion for developing technology for good and a firm belief that science, engineering and design should be used to make the world a better place for all. Inspired by the likes of the AT-Hack at MIT, one of the first disability-related hackathons, and the popular BBC program “The Big Life Fix”, we are planning our first disability-focused make-a-thon – Hackcessible 2018.

 

What is Hackcessible?

Hackcessible is a make-a-thon that brings together engineers, designers, computer scientists, students and others to collaborate with individuals with disabilities and create workable products that support their needs.

What makes us different?

We want to put end-users at the heart of the make-a-thon and invite them to lead the project as “Co-designers” to ensure we design products that are useful and effective in solving everyday challenges.

Why take part?

  • You are guaranteed to learn and apply new skills.
  • A golden opportunity to build a great network and make new friends.
  • Gain experience in turning concepts into actions.
  • You’ll have built something by the end of the weekend! It may not be completely finished but you should have an early prototype solution to present.
  • Make a difference and change lives.
  • You could get external recognition – be part of something that may be considered for commercialisation.
  • Win prizes.
  • Have fun!