1.What is accessibility?

Accessibility is the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people who experience disabilities. The concept of accessible design and practice of accessible development ensures both “direct access”, i.e. unassisted, and “indirect access”, i.e. compatibility with a person’s assistive technology, e.g. computer screen readers. Accessibility can be viewed as the “ability to access” and benefit from some system or entity. The concept focuses on enabling access for people with disabilities, or special needs, or enabling access through the use of assistive technology; however, research and development in accessibility brings benefits to everyone.

For more information check out the links below:

Web accessibility:


Accessible design:




2.What is a hackathon?

The word hackathon is a blend of the words “hack” and “marathon”, where “hack” is used in the sense of playful and exploratory programming — not its alternate meaning as a reference to computer crime. A hackathon is a time and a place for people to make something. It doesn’t matter if it’s a mobile, Web, desktop solutions, or something in between, and hardware.

3.Who can participate at this event?

Anyone with an interest in our theme! This includes coders, designers, developers, business and marketing people, ideators, and mentors. Like most hackathons, participants must be 18 years of age or older.

4. What if I don’t have a team?

No need to worry! Part of the fun of a hackathon is meeting new people. We will have time at the beginning of the event for everyone to meet and form teams.

5. Do you have a code of conduct? 

Yes. Be nice to each other.  

6. What can I build? What about IP? Who owns the project and IP? 

You can build Web, mobile, hardware, anything IoT! All the IP generated belongs to the partner startup (Industry Collaboration), or is otherwise Open Source (Open Innovation). Hackers will be rewarded for their time. Projects will be judged based on creativity, technical difficulty, polish and usefulness by a panel of industry judges. We agreed on the above mentioned options due to certain challenges related to IP, see below.

* “When a team collaborates and advances an idea of the Industry Partner (Industry Collaboration hackers only), the team members may be joint creators and, therefore joint owners, of the IP that is created. Finally, when the developer goes off on his own to build the user interface or code a minimum viable product, the developer may be a creator and, therefore an owner, of the IP he creates. When the weekend comes to an end, the IP ownership could be scattered or spread out among the various team members. As long as everyone is cooperative and wants to work together in the future, the team can sort out the ownership and transfer the IP to a company in exchange for shares in the company and then negotiate other agreements to govern their relationship, including who owns any IP that is developed and how decisions are made regarding the operation and future of the business.

You have a couple of options:

  1. Go for it. Go into the Hack with your eyes open knowing that you could come away with partners who you met at the weekend and you will have to work it out with them afterwards.
  2. Set some basic rules, preferably in writing, while you pitch your idea. For example, you could have a slide at the beginning of your pitch that says that you will own any IP created by your team during the weekend. By joining your team, the others are all agreeing to your terms. Granted, this approach might not make you too popular as people decide which team to join!
  3. The final option might make you even more unpopular – bring an actual agreement for them to sign before they work with you. Perhaps a little draconian, however, you might be glad that you were legalistic if your idea has any traction in the future.” – Startup Weekend blog.

7. How much does it cost?

ATEHack is free for all accepted hackers and Talk attendees.

8. I am under 18. / Who can attend? 

Hackers from all around the world can attend. You have to be 16 or older to attend. If you are under 18, your parents will be required to sign a consent form we will send to you.

9. What should I bring? 

All attendees must bring a valid ID for admission. Other common checklist items include:

  • Laptop
  • Power cord
  • Business cards
  • Camera – take pictures and video!
  • Optional: A second monitor, keyboard, etc…. set yourself up to be productive!
  • Lots of creative energy!

10.Can I attend if I haven’t attended a Hackathon before?

Yes, you most certainly can.

11.How big can a team be? 

Teams can range from four team members to a maximum of 10 people.

12.What will be provided?

  • Wifi
  • Sockets
  • Basic Food
  • Intel Edison board and starter kits
  • 3D printers x 2
  • Mentors

NOTE: We do NOT provide laptops or computers, so please bring your own and any associated chargers (Don’t forget phone chargers too).

13.What kind of projects can be developed at this event?

All solutions are expected to be in the form (or any combination of) mobile, Web, hardware, desktop, and service – anything IoT you can build using Intel Edison.

Open Innovation (novel teams) and Industry Collaboration (collaboration with London-based startups).

Participants will be permitted to choose one of the two projects/challenges faced by the London-based social entrepreneurs, and then work on these projects during the 24hour hackathon. The purpose of the hackathon is to create the best possible and novel solutions to the problems that our social entrepreneurs are dealing with, within a set amount of time. Open Innovation – hackers build open source solutions from scratch.

14.Can I start my project on the challenges beforehand?

No. To keep everything fair, all work must be performed during the Hackathon.

15.Can I stay overnight?

No, we need to leave Google Campus at 9pm on Saturday and come back 9am on Sunday.

16.But I have a specific dietary requirement…

Not to worry. We will try and accommodate everyone. However, do contact us at accessibletechnetwork@gmail.com to let us know of your dietary requirements so we can organize accordingly.

17. Do hackers bring breakfast/lunch/dinner? 

There will be some food and drinks throughout the whole weekend, however please be prepared to bring/buy your own food – this is a volunteer-run event and we provide basic catering only. \

18. What are the prizes?

Intel Edison Award (both categories: open innovation and industry collaboration will be eligible).

There will be 6 teams who will be pitching their solutions to our judges and the public for two prizes:

1. Judge’s Choice Intel Edison Award (both categories Industry Collaboration and Open Innovation): Rover kit for the grand prize winner, Leatherman, £15 Amazon Vouchers, Give Vision VR Goggles. The judges will pick the winning teams.The winning projects will be presented on www.hackster.io.

2. Make Sense Choice Award: We will ask Make Sense Global Community to vote for their favourite idea (Open Innovation Track Only). Mentoring and training support package from Make Sense community to further develop the project. 

19. Are you looking for volunteers or partners?

Yes! If you are interested in being a mentor for our teams, volunteer to help out during the event, please reach out to Magda at accessibletechnetwork@gmail.com.

20.Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you have any questions, please e-mail us at accessibletechnetwork@gmail.com

Magda (Accessible Tech Network/Make Sense) will be your main point of contact at the Google Campus. Her mobile number is 07415 659 892. You can also reach her on twitter at @magdajanowitz.

*Please note that as the hackathon is a local event, transport/ accommodation for this event will not be provided.