Ross Care has announced its support for an initiative that sees university students collaborate with disabled people to solve their specific challenges through innovative technology.
Hackcessible, an annual assistive technology innovation competition, puts end users at the heart of the design process, inviting them to lead the project to ensure students create products that are useful and effective in solving everyday challenges.
The initiative was launched in collaboration with the University of Sheffield in 2018, but is now being taken up by universities across the UK.
Inspired by the likes of the AT-Hack at MIT, one of the first disability-related hackathons, and the BBC programme ‘The Big Life Fix’, Hackcessible 2018 culminated in a weekend-long make-a-thon to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
Teams produced eight new prototypes to address different accessibility challenges, from making the performance of live music more accessible for musicians with visual impairments to developing a discreet exoskeletal arm support for individuals with mobility challenges.
Ross Care is working with Hackcessible 2021 to raise awareness of the scheme and search for ‘challengers’ who have a specific daily challenge that can’t be met by existing technology.
The company is encouraging people with a disability or their carers who have a ‘challenge idea’ to visit hackcessible.org.
There you will find more information about the event, as well as examples of previous challenges that teams have tackled.