#HackAccessDublin is about leveraging the power of startup energy and innovation to help make Dublin more inclusive to people with disabilities. Creating a more diverse and open city is beneficial to everyone; not just those considered different to the mainstream.
Founded by Janice Valentine, as part of Great Life Distillery's focus on social impact, it is being organised this year in collaboration with its charity partner, Rehab Group.
The Rehab Group is a charity that provides services for over 20,000 adults and children each year, including people with disabilities, people on the autism spectrum, people with mental health difficulties, people who are disadvantaged in some way in the labour market, and people who want a fresh start. Rehab Group champions the value of diversity and inclusion for people with disabilities or disadvantage in their communities throughout Ireland and the UK. Their mission is to help change the lives of the people they serve by helping them to become more independent and more included in the communities by empowering them with the skills and confidence to be active in the workforce, and supporting them to be in charge of their health and wellness. Rehab’s team of more than 3,200 people help to deliver our services in over 170 locations throughout the UK and Ireland."
The partnership between Great Life Distillery and Rehab Group is an example of how charities and startups can come together to solve societal challenges, like the exclusion of people with disabilities from society, collectively. That is the goal of #HackAccessDublin.
What is a hackathon:
A hackathon brings people with various skills and interests together with the intention of finding innovative solutions to challenges provided, normally by an external party. The process participants go through is extremely collaborative and creative and this creates a highly energetic and uplifting environment with all participants committed to making an impact on the challenges provided.
The goal of #HackAccessDublin is not only to use the electricity of Dublin’s startup community to solve accessibility challenges in Dublin but to inspire and empower people with mobility problems and without to view the various accessibility challenges they face as entrepreneurial opportunities.
We are delighted to bring together inspirers who will share their story in the hope it may encourage others to hack the obstacles in their way.