Hackcessible 2018 is off to a fantastic start!

Last, week saw the first meeting of co-designer’s and students in The Diamond. The co-designer’s presented a number of challenges to the students that they would like solved. It was a chance for everyone to meet and brainstorm ideas for the first time.

They were some truly inspiring stories from the co-designers and how they would like assistive technology to help in their lives as potential users of the products.

Hackcessible 2018 is a make-a-thon that will give engineers, designers, computer scientists, students and others a unique opportunity to collaborate with individuals with disabilities and create workable products that support their needs. Inspired by the AT-Hack at MIT, one of the first disability-related hackathons, and the popular BBC program The Big Life Fix, it will be the University of Sheffield’s first disability-focused make-a-thon.

Aejaz Zahid speaks to the co-designers and students involved in Hackcessible 2018.

CATCH researcher Aejaz Zahid is leading the innovative new project that aims to bring together the most talented and creative students from across the University to help change people’s lives.

The students will then have five weeks to develop a deep understanding of the challenge and to mock up possible solution ideas.

On 1st and 2nd December, the teams will create their prototype assistive technology solutions at the iForge makerspace in The Diamond.

To find out more about this exciting event check out the Hackcessible 2018 website. If you would like to get involved as a sponsor, judge or mentor contact the team here.

Students met with co-designers to hear about problems they want to solve.