May/June 2014 – Event

Hack 4 Access, May 30 - June 1 2014. An Aging & Disability Themed Hackathon
Aging & Disability Professionals We Need Your Help

Imagine waiting for a bus on a cold, rainy day not knowing when it will come, where it will go, and how much it will cost. That’s what it’s like when the transit company’s website is difficult to use for older adults and people with disabilities. It wouldn’t be that way if only the web designers had asked an expert like you! The good news is some really smart folks – web designers, code writers, robotics engineers and other intelligent techies – are gathering in Philadelphia and they want your advice.

We are looking for professionals who work in the aging and/or disability fields to informally share their knowledge with technologists and makers during one of three time slots (or all if you would like) during a hackathon.  You will be able to give your opinions to people who can actually make a difference, and your input can lead to a product that simplifies life for people like you.

To learn more visit

2014 Schedule

Friday, May 30 – Kick Off Reception
Saturday, May 31 – Brainstorming & Hacking
Sunday, June 1 – Hacking & Demos

What problem will I solve?

There is no shortage of problems to work on, including unpredictable public transit, the inability of most hearing devices to weed out background noise, a lack of consistency in the design of remote controls and appliances, and the absence of accessible tech support. The fact is most products are designed with little thought given to the needs of people like you.

How participants helped?
The process was interactive, fun, and participants chose how they wanted to participate.

  • Picked topics of interests.
  • Joined a team to work on that issue.
  • Shared thoughts, ideas and expertise.
  • Participated in development and live testing.
  • Helped their team produce a winning prototype.
  • The winning team celebrated with a $1,000 first place prize!

Involvement Options
#Hack4Access’s primary site (4040 Locust Street) focused on programming solutions such as new applications. The opportunity to create physical solutions, took place at the secondary site – Department of Making and Doing, 3711 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Aren’t hackers bad guys?
Hack4Access was all about hacking for good. It’s part of Random Hacks of Kindness, a national movement where techies come together to solve community problems.

Hack4Access was sponsored by Philadelphia Link and Philly, and supported by GenPhilly and the Department of Making + Doing.

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