#HackAccessDublin – Join the Mobility Movement



Innovators from the engineering, design and technology fields are invited to use their talents and interest in social impact to help Hack Access Dublin make Dublin’s transport system accessible to people with mobility problems.

Hack Access Dublin is a for purpose hackathon happening in Google over the weekend of 25-27 November.

It is being organised by Janice Valentine, Founder of Great Life Distillery and Innovation Engagement Consultant.  Its vision is to leverage the startup community’s innovative approach to solving problems to make Dublin inclusive to people of all abilities.

You can register to participate online here.

Hack Access Dublin is being sponsored by Smart Dublin, Nissan and Dogpatch Labs and is supported by the National Disability Authority.

janice_rtchd-4Commenting on the inspiration for Hack Access Dublin, Founder of Great Life Distillery, Janice Valentine says: “It was an idea that was inspired by my brother and his desire to be treated the same as everyone else, irrespective of being confined to a wheelchair.  He refused to be defined by the differences between his physical ability and others.  Sadly, Steven passed away 6 years ago but Hack Access Dublin has been inspired by his positive spirit and the ambition he showed in his short life. I want to help people like him experience a better quality of life”.

The hackathon will kick-off with an opening ceremony in Google on Friday 25th November. The focus of the evening will be on celebrating the beginning of a movement towards inclusivity and empowerment for people with mobility challenges through innovation & entrepreneurship.

Minister for Disability, Finian McGrath will be visiting teams while they work on their ideas during Saturday’s maker sessions. There will be inspiring talks given by Neill Milliken of @AXSChat, a Twitter chat for disability and Virtual Reality expert, Julie De Moine, who was recently a judge for a hackathon in MIT, USA.

On Sunday at 4pm teams will pitch their solutions to a panel of judges made up of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland CEO, Darren Ryan, Smart Dublin Manager, Jamie Cudden, Manager of Corporate Partnerships at Dogpatch Labs, Liz McCarthy, Senior ICT Advisor, Centre for Excellence in Universal Design at National Disability Authority, Shane Hogan and Professor of Inclusive Design for Education & Chair of Creative Technologies at UCD, Lizbeth Goodman.  After the pitch there will be keynote talks given by Kathryn O’Donoghue, Director, Trust & Safety EMEA Monetized Products at Google and James McCarthy, CEO at Nissan Ireland.  The pitch will be open to members of the public to attend.

Tickets are available online here.

Or for more information, contact Janice Valentine janice@greatlifedistillery.com.


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