Tech for Good: students, educators, and makers hack wheelchairs at the Hackcess Hackathon

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Tech for Good: students, educators, and makers hack wheelchairs at the Hackcess Hackathon

When designers, powerful CAD software, and 3D printing come together, the results can have a big impact.  That's exactly what happened at the Hackcess Hackathon in London.

“This is an event that truly fits under the banner ‘tech for good,’ because they are creating things not just for a purpose, but for a positive purpose.” –George Fielding, Kidz Board Chair, Whizz-Kidz
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In the UK, about 1.2 million people, almost 2% of the population, are wheelchair users.  Despite this sizable market, however, there aren’t many products designed for wheelchair users that could make their lives more convenient, comfortable, and safe.  At the Hackcess Hackathon at Goldsmiths University in London, 100 students, educators, and makers joined Autodesk, Fab Lab London, Ultimaker, and Whizz-Kidz, an organization that supports disabled children so they can reach their full potential, to use Fusion 360 and 3D printing to design and manufacture simple devices that would make a wheelchair user’s day-to-day tasks easier and safer.  Watch the video below to see what they created.