On Tuesday, September 19th, RIC Centre will be hosting a hackABILITY info session at Microsoft Canada.

What is it?

hackABILITY will raise awareness about emerging technology opportunities in the area of assistive technology, as well as support collaboration between educational institutions and established businesses. hackABILITY will facilitate the rapid prototyping of devices that may be considered for further development and commercialization.

How does it work?

hackABILITY will bring together teams to create solutions for defined assistive/adaptive needs in the community. hackABILITY teams will consist of at least 4 people including a person with a disability or a caregiver, plus members with experience in design, coding, and engineering. Solutions will be assessed based on innovation, scalability and affordability criteria.

When is it?

Think you have a solution that will take the “dis” out of “disability”?Team applications are open now! Attend our info session on Tuesday, September 19 at 6pm at Microsoft Canada in Mississauga and ask questions. The deadline for team registration is Thursday, October 12. The hackABILITY finale will be held on Thursday, December 7! Stay tuned for more details.

DATE: Tuesday, September 19
TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
ADDRESS: Microsoft Canada, 1950 Meadowvale Blvd., Mississauga, Ont L5N 8L9, Tel: 905-568-0434.

hackABILITY Schedule

Thursday, July 13, 2017 – Announcement of hackABILITY at Driving Dreams Conference (Press Release)
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 – Info Session at Microsoft Canada (Register Here)
Thursday, October 12, 2017 – Deadline for teams to apply
October and November – Teams get to work on their idea submissions
October and November – Training Workshops and Drop-in Sessions (in Brampton and Mississauga) to provide teams with industry-specific and technology-focused support
Monday, November 27, 2017 – Teams submit finished projects including a one-pager and presentation slide-deck
Thursday, December 7, 2017 – hackABILITY Finale (at UofT Mississauga)

Contact rob.iaboni@riccentre.com if you have any questions. 

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