Assistive Technology (AT-Hackathon) will begin from April 22 to April 28 in Ignition Lab of Tribhuwan University Thapathali Campus, Kathmandu.
AT Hackathon missioned to “attack” the challenges that prevent people with disabilities from accessing the technology they need.
What Is Assistive Technology?
AT, Assistive Technology, is any device or system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of people with disabilities. AT helps increase a person’s quality of life by empowering them to live more independent, productive, healthy, and dignified lives with greater access to education, the labor force, and social life.
The World Health Organization estimates that one billion people worldwide need one or more devices to help with their daily life activities. However, as a result of high costs, low awareness, policy, and lack of trained professionals, only one in ten of people that need a device actually have them.
1.. Cultivate a community of businesses, universities, makers,
engineers, artists and designers to create new technological
solutions for people with disabilites both locally and world wide.
2.. Raise awareness amongst businessess, students, educational
institutions and medical organizations about emerging opportunities
in the area of assistive technology.
4. Provide mentoring to makers and students and create a
network to encourage them to consider career opportunities
in the AT sector.
5. Demonstrate “Design Thinking” and the hackathon format as a
way of developing products for emerging markets
6. Facilitate the rapid prototyping of devices that may be considered
for further development and commercialization or
open source release.
For more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/195998821176125/