Making every day more accessible through innovation
Nearly one in five people in the country have a disability that limits their daily activities. This is why it’s important to consider accessibility in the design of all products and services. Innovation has an important role to play in this.
To inspire innovative thinking on accessibility, The Lab at O2, based in Slough, is organising a hackathon with their charity partners to give you the opportunity to spend a day collaborating with like-minded people from diverse backgrounds to explore the problems people face and find innovative ways to help.
What is a 'hackathon'?
A hackathon is a time of intense collaboration between people with different skills to prototype new ideas and learn from each other.
What are we building?
During the day you will endeavour to firstly come up with a novel solution that addresses a problem relevant to the area of accessibility, and secondly build some form of prototype to demonstrate the idea and test how well it could work. Teams will be judged on the combination of the conceptual idea and the execution of a working prototype.
Types of disabilities that teams might like to focus on are:
- Visual impairment - difficulty with sight
- Communication difficulties - difficulty of hearing or speaking due to a physical or mental impairment
- Physical disabilities - difficulty with movement, including fine motor skills
- Cognitive impairment - difficulty understanding, processing or remembering information due to a physical or mental condition
Your goal at the event is to come up with an idea that will help people with any one of these disabilities to overcome everyday challenges at home, when out and about, or when using technology.