Connected Ability: overtaking visual disabilities

Do you know what a hackathon is? It’s an event (which can last for one or more days), where several experts in information technology use their skills to develop ideas and projects, often with a social utility. This is the case of Connected Ability, the hackathon organized by Microsoft Italia which, on June 27th and 28th, will mobilize, at the Microsoft House in Milan, developers and programmers with the goal to develop apps that can be useful to people with visual disabilities.

Connected Ability

The hackathon logo – Picture ©Microsoft

who can participate in connected ability?

Realized companioning with the UgiDotNet, DotNetToscana and DevMarche communities and with the patronage by the Unione Italiana Ciechi (Italian Blind People Union), Connected Ability is open, first, to who has programming skills with a language supported by Visual Studio and/or Xamarin. But also who hasn’t those technical skills can register to participate in the hackathon, if has experience to available to the work teams.

how to partecipate in connected ability?

To participate in Connected Ability, you must register filling this form. You can also enrol a work team, if you have one already, and work to an existing project or, as an alternative, develop a new one using the cues that will be shared during the days of the event. Who wants or needs it, will also have the opportunity to stay overnight at the Microsoft House, in the dedicated spaces. You’ll have the chance to work side by side with Microsoft Italia’s evangelists, sharing ideas and experience. At the end of the second day, the most valuable projects will be awarded.

Sometimes, it doesn’t take much so that a device or a software are really suitable for all, including who has a visual disability: you only have to think about it, possibly together!

Connected Ability is an important initiative, which, once again, stresses the fundamental role of technology as a facilitator for daily life of people with a disability (in this case, visual, but not just it).


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