ACCESS

Creating a more accessible world, one hack at a time

hACCESS presents a 5-day, global, all-online hackathon to foster innovative solutions for accessibility-related challenges faced around the world.

Taking place from June 14-18!

Imagine if we couldn't access certain spaces, images, video, or books.

There would most likely be an uproar. Despite this, accessibility is often put on the back burner &, in certain cases, ignored until it serves as good PR for a company or public figure.

 

We face a responsibility to give back to our communities. So, we call all innovators and anyone who has the desire to help those in need: get in teams of up to 5, and we will provide with resources you may need to find & implement real-world tech solutions to solve accessibility challenges. 

Why Should I Join?

ALL participants can receive:

1

A 90-day extended trial for Balsamiq Cloud!on

2

A free Figma account that allows unlimited editors & projects!

3

45-day free trial on SashiDo!

4

30-day free trial on Wolfram|One!

(access to Desktop and Cloud, Wolfram Language and Knowledgebase, FreeCDF Deployment, 5000 Wolfram|Alpha API calls, 5000 Cloud Credits, 2 installations per user and 2 GB of Cloud Storage)

5

A chance at winning up to $150 as a team!

General Prizes

Most Innovative Hack

$150 to the winning team

$50 donation to a charity of the team’s choice

Best Designed Hack

$50 to the winning team

$25 donation to a charity of the team’s choice

Best Fit Hack

$25 to the winning team

$10 donation to a charity of the team’s choice

Sponsored Prizes

Wolfram

Requirements: None.

1 year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro & Wolfram|One Personal Edition (worth $375!) to top 2 teams.

SashiDo

Requirements: The project must be Machine Learning-related.

Internships, remote part-time positions, & 3 selected projects will enrol in a SashiDo-hosted contest.

Fair Opportunity Project

Requirements: Find a way to make the official Fair Opportunity Project website (fairopportunityproject.org) more accessible.

$50 Amazon gift card + 1 year free membership in the Checklist Program. https://www.fairopportunityproject.org/checklist 

Figma

 

Requirements: None.

Swag box including pins, stickers, & a t-shirt!

In Collaboration With...





Swayable

wolfram language logo



Wolfram Language



Balsamiq



Fair Opportunity Project




Twilio





Figma


SashiDo

GetData.io

Schedule*

*all times are in GMT
*these times may be changed during the hackathon

Sunday,
14/06

5-6AM GMT

Opening Ceremony

11AM GMT

Intro to Python

Learn more about Python with Omkaar.

3-4PM GMT

Intro to UIUX Design

Learn UX & UI Design basics with AxisAbility’s User Experience Design Lead, Rishma Mendhekar. 

Monday,
15/06

6-7AM GMT

Intro to Data Science with Swayable

Learn about Data Science basics with Swayable!

3-4PM GMT

Intro to UX Research for Inclusive Design

Learn how to research and create accessible and inclusive design with Nandita Gupta, UX Research Lead, Mentra.

5PM GMT

Accessibility As A Career

Learn more about accessibility as a job with Sheri Byrne-Haber, Head of Accessibility at VMware

11:30PM GMT

Educational Accessibility Panel

Learn more about educational accessibility from professionals in the field, such as Fair Opportunity Project, Accessible College, the founder of Kara Tutoring, and more!

Thursday, 18/06

9PM GMT

Google Forms & Devpost Submissions Close

Frequently Asked Questions

A hackathon is an event where people create tech projects in a collaborative environment. You begin with an idea and attempt to complete the project over the course of 12+ hours.

All projects must be submitted by 9PM according to the GMT timezone.

Anyone can participate! hACCESS does not have any restrictions in regards to age, university affiliation, nationality, etc.

Fit: Does the project follow the theme (accessibility)?

Innovation: Does the product introduce a new approach or perspective, technical, analytical, or visual?

Feasibility: Does the product function as intended? Is it robust and easy to interact with?

Design: Is the product aesthetically pleasing? Does the design of the product elevate its message?

No, you will need to find a team if you want your submission to be judged. You can find a team by promoting yourself in the hACCESS Discord :)! 

Looking for an answer to another question?

Email us at hACCESSteam@gmail.com

Judge Panel

9 times winning UX designer & hACCESS judge, Uyen Vicky Vo

Uyen
Vicky Vo

Vicky Vo is a 9x award-winning UI/UX Designer with a very strong overall visual development foundation stemming from her professional work experience. She has received grand prize design awards from IEEE (International), 1APP (Hungary), A'WARD Design (Italy), Silicon Valley Business Journal (USA), recently SAP Design-a-thon (USA), and Bronze & Silver Award @ Indigo Award (Netherlands).

Nikita
Starichenko

Nikita has more than 6 years worth of experience in professional development & is engaged in the software design, development of the backend, frontend and databases. He has experience in working on products that are launched in the US market. His expertise lies in C #, .Net Core, Javascript, React, MySql, MsSql, PostgreSQL, Elastic Search, & Redis.

Head of Accessibility VMware & hACCESS judge, Sheri Byrne-Haber​

Sheri
Byrne-Haber

Sheri Byrne-Haber is the Head of Accessibility & CX Ambassador at VMware and a senior accessibility evangelist with a a complete 360-degree view of issues surrounding accessibility. She has also published over 120 articles on medium.com (@sheribyrnehaber), reaching up to 500,000 readers.

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