February 7, 2020 Back to all news

Dublin Airport is delighted to partner with Hack Access for its accessibility hackathon event taking place from February 21 to 23.

The hackathon aims to bring bright minds together to specifically look at ways of improving the customer experience for passengers who have accessibility challenges.

Hack Access, which is a non-profit organisation, aims to ensure no person is excluded from cities due to differences in ability.

The organisation connects public and private sector companies to local start-up communities through a hackathon to solve accessibility challenges that may currently exclude ability divergent people from experiencing a quality life.

“We work very closely with a wide range of groups to ensure passengers with varying disability challenges have a comfortable and smooth journey through the airport,” said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison.

“This hackathon is a unique opportunity to challenge the airport’s environment and to present ideas and initiatives for Dublin Airport to consider that will bring further benefits for passengers with disabilities,” he added.

Janice Valentine, Founder and Organiser of Hack Access Dublin said innovation would be an adventure at the hack.

“You begin with a vision of where you want to go, but with no certainty as to how you get there. We believe that by working with partners committed to taking collaborative and innovative action to creating accessibility solutions the route to your destination becomes clearer.”

“Dublin Airport has already shown a real commitment to accessibility. We look forward to working together, charting a route that makes Dublin Airport, an international gateway to adventure for people of all abilities, more accessible and enjoyable for all users.”

Hack Access Dublin focuses on the ability of smart technology solutions to tackle accessibility challenges. The challenges for the 2020 edition of Hack Access Dublin can be found on its website www.hackaccessdublin.ie 

Participants, mentors, judges and volunteers are recruited due to their expertise and diversity in terms of skills, gender, ethnicity, age and ability.

The Hack Access Dublin Hackathon starts at 6pm on Friday, February 21 in Google’s offices in Dublin and continues until 6pm on Sunday, February 23. The winner of the solution that most impresses the judges will win a cash prize of €1,000 and will have the opportunity to work with Dublin Airport to develop it further.

Participation is free via www.eventbrite.ie and interested groups can follow the event on social media and by joining the conversation using #HackAccess that weekend.

Dublin Airport has flights to more than 190 destinations in 42 countries operated by 50 airlines.

Image above: Dublin Airport Passenger Experience Manager Liz Kavanagh Hack Access Judge,  Head of Rail & Air Propositions at Travelport, Mark Lenahan Project Mentor, Hack Access CEO Janice Valentine, Smart DCU Projects Facilitator Kieran Mahon Hack Access Judge and founder of Adaptable Solutions, Katie Bourke Project Mentor,