What day-to-day challenge would you like solved by technology?

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Monday, 24 October 2016 08:54am

The Australian Network on Disability (AND) in conjunction with Microsoft Australia, and with accessibility support from Media Access Australia, is staging ‘Hack 4 Good’ in November 2016. It aims to bring together the best and brightest tech minds to support the development of accessible technology (AT) to remove barriers for people with a disability. You can help frame the event by completing an online survey and submitting a day-to-day barrier you’d like resolved through technology.

Image of Hack 4 Good logo

Image of Hack 4 Good logo

AT and Accessible Communication Technology (ICT) allow access to services, employment opportunities and connectivity for everyone, regardless of ability. And with Hack 4 Good, organisations can harness the power of technology to better include people with a disability.

AND is seeking suggestions from people with a disability to let them know about common barriers faced in daily life that you’d like a programmer to come up with a solution for, so they can remove that barrier by modifying existing technology or by creating a totally new tech solution.

The best suggestions regarding a barrier that you encounter at home, at work, when eating out, socialising, or travelling for example, will each win a $50 Westfield gift card and better still, a ‘hacker’ will get to work on devising a technology fix for the winning submissions.

To have your say, complete the online Hack 4 Good ideas form before noon Friday 28 October. You can find out more about this innovative initiative by visiting the AND website.

Media Access Australia will be involved in this event by providing an accessibility overview for the developers involved, as well as offering specific advice and expertise within the field of web and digital accessibility, in order to ensure that accessibility is at the core of the technology solutions that are developed. Stay tuned for more information.

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