About Inclusive Stem Hackathon
Inclusive STEM Hackathon is a 24-hour hackathon where blind and visually impaired developers,
industry professionals and engineering students come together to work on exciting and challenging
problems. The aim of the hackathon is to sensitize the engineers from potential IT companies as
also the wider company mindset on the functioning and efficiency of persons with blindness and low
vision by working together on the project, while also allowing the participants with disabilities
an opportunity to learn from experienced professionals.
Unlike several other hackathons, the hackathon does not strictly enforce working on accessibility-related projects. The final projects must be accessible for people with disabilities though. This learning, in turn, can help companies evaluate their policies and improve them if needed..
Besides coding for 24 hrs, the hackathon is also a platform for blind participants to network with company representatives to share their interests, aspirations and challenges in the recruitment process or once at job. This learning can also help companies evaluate their policies and improve them if needed.
After a successful hackathon in 2018, we are excited to bring back a bigger and
better Inclusive Stem Hackathon 2019. The event will be held at IIIT Bangalore from 17th to
19th January 2019. With the theme "Empowering the Underrepresented", the event will challenge
participants to develop high-impact products in 24 Hrs., while also appreciating the beauty of
diversity on their teams.
The event has been divided into two tracks this year.
Regular Track: Consisting of teams of five composed of two blind developers with experience in computer science, two industry professionals and one sighted computer science student.
Mentorship Track: Consisting of teams of four composed of two blind developers relatively new to computer science, one corporate professional (as a mentor) and one sighted computer science student.
Several side events including accessibility trainings, disability sensitisation workshops, mentorship events, panel discussions etc. will also be organised during the course of the event.