Hackability@Barilla: accessibility enters the kitchen

For many people, cooking is a joy and a passion, as it’s confirmed by the success of so many TV programmes about it, broadcasted all day long on all the TV channels. But for people with a disability, isn’t always possible to enjoy this passion since, very often, the design of utensils (and their packaging) doesn’t take into account accessibility, that is the possibility that they are used also by someone with any physical limitation. That’s the starting point of Hackability@Barilla, the hackathon promoted by the well-known food company to promote the meeting (and the chance to work together) among “makers” (designers, computer technicians, digital professionals) and, precisely, people with disability, to create together utensils (and their packaging) suitable for disabled people.

Hackability@Barilla

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HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN hackability@barilla

Do you have an idea that could make a cooking utensil or its packaging more accessible? Or is creating your passion and you want to put it to use in an initiative with a high value and social benefit? If you answered “yes” to one (or both) of these questions, from September 18th to December 15th 2017, you can “answer the call” (that is, enrol) directly on the Hackability@Barilla website, filling the registration form with all the requested info. The teams selected by the company will have the opportunity to work together   at its location, in Parma, in January 2018. Then, the selected ideas will be presented, together with their prototypes, at the end of February 2018, always at Barilla offices in Parma. For more details, you can check the guidelines.

Hackability@Barilla joins many other initiatives which, in the last years, have increasingly focused on the importance of accessibility and inclusion for all the people, including those with a disability. In this case, there’s something more: the involvement of the individuals concerned, the disabled people, who are called to work together with the makers to help them looking at the objects also from the perspective of the specific needs of each individual. A golden opportunity, which confirms the commitment that Barilla summarizes also in its mission: “Good for You, Good for the Planet, Good for the Community”.

 

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