Dublin Airport to host accessibility hackathon


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

Dublin Airport has announced that it has partnered with non-profit organisation Hack Access to host an accessibility hackathon. The event will take place from 21 to 23 February.

The hackathon aims to look at ways of improving the customer experience for passengers who have accessibility challenges.

Hack Access connects public and private sector companies to local startup 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.”

Janice Valentine, Founder and Organiser of Hack Access Dublin, added: “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. Participants, mentors, judges and volunteers are recruited based on their expertise and diversity in terms of skills, gender, ethnicity, age and ability.

The winner of the solution will win a cash prize of €1,000 and will have the opportunity to work with Dublin Airport to develop it further.

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