The collection of innovative projects aimed at improving the conditions of people with disabilities has started: in fact, registrations for Microsoft's Accessibility Hackathon are open. Developers and computer scientists who are working on hi-tech projects for social inclusion and accessibility can present their innovative solutions by April 26, 2020.
Microsoft's Accessibility Hackaton does not stop even for Coronavirus: this year it will be virtual and scheduled from 22 to 23 May 2020, within the initiative dedicated to diversity in Italy and to the digital Ambition Italy for inclusion and accessibility, an ecosystem project.
Microsoft has organized the Accessibility Hackathon in collaboration with companies, institutions and associations that deal with disabilities. Thanks to this network, the most urgent needs in terms of access will be highlighted.
Everyone can make their own contribution: citizens, companies and associations can share and propose their own idea, so that it can be developed by programmers and digital experts during the hackathon. Until Sunday 26 AprilIt is therefore possible to either submit your own idea or to register as a single participant or in a team in the development marathon on the dedicated website.
Once the work teams and ideas have been identified and combined, the real phase of creation will be launched on April 28, in which solutions capable of responding to concrete needs will be developed, thus promoting a more inclusive society. The proposals will then be evaluated by a jury of experts during the Accessibility Days, an annual awareness event on disability issues.
Furthermore, during the weeks dedicated to development, the participating teams will be able to take advantage of the experience and skills of the Microsoft experts through a series of webinars to learn how to master Microsoft technology, from AI to the implementation of a chatbot. The teams will also be joined by mentors for further tips and advice.
For more information on the hackathon and how to participate, access the website dedicated to Accessibility Hackathon.
Like Microsoft, many other companies are dedicating resources to research for the accessibility of disabled people, including Apple, Ikea and Google.
All the news regarding the disabled, technology and design can be found in this section dedicated to Macitynet accessibility.