Sheffield is a city of makers, with a tremendous history of technology talent and ingenuity. We are a group of students, academics and innovators from the most forward thinking institutions and organizations in this city 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 successfully delivered our first disability-focused make-a-thon – Hackcessible 2018 from December 1st to 3rd, commemorating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities with eight new prototypes to address eight very different accessibility challenges. From making the performance of live music more accessible for musicians with visual impairments to developing a discrete exoskeletal arm support for individuals with mobility challenges, Hackcessible teams are redefining how we accelerate innovation in Assistive Technology.

What is Hackcessible?

Hackcessible is an Assistive Technology innovation incubator consisting of series of workshops and an annual 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, inviting them to lead the project as co-designers and to participate in every aspect of Hackcessible, from the workshops to the make-a-thon, 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!