1 min pitch for what you are doing now?

2018 kicked off with Janice Valentine’s, founder of Hack Access Dublin, interview with AXSCHAT, the world’s biggest Twitter chat centred on access & inclusion. Then in February Hack Access Dublin, a social innovation event focused on solving accessibility challenges in the city, launched its Community Event. We realised not everyone is in a position to participate in our hackathon, which is an intensive weekend of collaborative problem solving in a high energy atmosphere! We wanted to include as many people as possible in our mission and give people the opportunity to learn more about us and contribute in their own way. Our third Community Event will be held on Thursday 5th July, 6-8pm in Dogpatch labs. Join us and become part of the movement to hack accessibility challenges in Dublin!

How were the last 12 months?

Hack Access Dublin has grown into a cycle of community building and education activities aligned to our vision to create cities that are inclusive to people of all abilities using startup communities around Ireland. Our Community Event is where these activities take pace; culminating in our annual hackathon, which is happening for the third time in Google, over the weekend of 2-4 November. We want as many people to be able to give their input into solving the challenges we’re focused on and join this community of purposeful innovators committed to using their talents and entrepreneurial aspirations to make Dublin an inclusive and diverse city. Join us at our next Community Event on 5 July, 6-8pm in Dogpatch Labs.

What are your plans for the future?

To expand into other cities around Ireland and to take the Hack Access model of accessible cities innovation to other cities around the world.

What will you be talking about at this event? 

Guest speakers will be looking at the value of accessibility innovation & entrepreneurship to a city like Dublin, which wants to be a great place for people to come to work and live. We will be exploring the role iot and the Smart City program can play in Dublin’s ability to be an inclusive and accessible city to people of all abilities.

How can people find out more about what you are working on?

Join us in Dogpatch Labs on 5th July for the third community event, register here. You can also visit our News page on the Hack Access Dublin website, and follow us on social media, @Hackaccessdub.

If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at [email protected] or on Twitter: @SimonCocking

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