Disaster Hack is hosting AT -Hackathon (Assistive Technology designed competition) from May 27 to June 2 at Tribhuvan University Thapathali Campus, Kathmandu.
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.
The AT-Hackathon was initiated in order to “attack” the challenges that prevent people with disabilities from accessing the technology they need.
1.. Cultivate a community of businesses, universities, makers,
engineers, artists, and designers to create new technological solutions
for people with disabilities both locally and worldwide.
2.. Raise awareness amongst businesses, 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 inormation: https://www.facebook.com/events/