Announcing the Connect Ability Challenge
July 26 will be the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). To commemorate this, AT&T and New York University’s (NYU) ABILITY Lab are launching the first ever Connect Ability Tech Innovation Challenge. Devs can compete for more than $100,000 in prizes to design software, wearable and other technology solutions aimed at enhancing the lives of people with disabilities at work, home, and play.
This is a really great opportunity. As we have found with our hackathons, the most interesting challenges often lead to the most creative solutions and provide some of the best learning opportunities. This challenge is particularly interesting because it will use the Exemplar Model. Devs will have the opportunity to interface directly with people with diverse disabilities who will share the challenges they face and help guide devs to find solutions.
This challenge directs devs to solve for four functional categories and one category addressing public policy for the disabled community:
- People with sensory disabilities
- People in need of mobility solutions
- Social and emotional solutions
- Solutions for people with communicative and cognitive disabilities
- Solutions impacting policy and society
Devs will have the opportunity to develop their initial concepts at a hackathon sponsored by AT&T and NYU on Saturday and Sunday, April 18th and 19th, at NYU’s Media and Games Network Center in Downtown Brooklyn’s MetroTech Center.
For those unable to make it to NYC on the 18th, AT&T will join with the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America to facilitate team formation workshops at six university campuses across the country. These workshops are designed to provide context for creating assistive technology solutions, live feedback by persons with disabilities, and direction for competing in the contest.
We strongly encourage participation. Winners of the Connect Ability Challenge will be announced July 26th.