Hackers and People with Disabilities to Participate in 48 Hour Access Makeathon Event in Vancouver

Americas, January 27 2017

BURNABY, BC: Inventors, Creators, Hackers, and Change Makers will be coming together over 48 hours from January 27 to 29, 2017 at the Access Makeathon in Vancouver, British Columbia to build open source assistive technologies that will directly address the needs of people with disabilities.

Access Makeathon with logoTeams of makers will each connect with a person with a disability, providing the opportunity for makers to apply their knowledge and skills to address a real world need. The goal at the end of the 48 hours is for each person with a disability to leave the event with a working prototype that improves their quality of life.


  • Friday: 6:00pm – 9:00pm (meet+greet and team formation)
  • Saturday: 9:00am – 12:00am (workshops and making)
  • Sunday: 9:00am – 6:00pm (making and presentations — presentations start at 2 pm sharp!)


  • Centre for Digital Media (The Hangar), 685 Great Northern Way Vancouver, BC; and
  • Vancouver Hack Space, #104-1715 Cook St, Vancouver, BC

See the faces of the Access Makeathon and their Access Challenges. For more details on this event, including the schedule, workshops and FAQ, please visit Makers Making Change.

Neil Squire Society is organizing the Access Makeathon in partnership with Rick Hansen Foundation, SFU’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology, TechSoup’s NetSquared, TOM Global, UBC Women in Engineering, UBC Young Women in Engineering and Science, Centre for Digital Media, Vancouver Hack Space, Vancouver Foundation, and Google.org. View the event sponsors.

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