Facebook-Funka Accessibility Hackathon 2021

For the second consecutive year, Facebook and Funka are co-organising a virtual Hackathon on accessibility and inclusion to be held during the European Week of People with Disabilities. Students from across Europe are invited to participate and pitch a product or idea that promotes digital accessibility and inclusion.

The challenge

The aim of the Hackathon is to create innovative digital solutions for increased accessibility. The solutions could be for a program, a full app, a tool, or any digital solution intended to promote equal access to persons with disabilities.

Who can enter?

If you are a student or a group of 3 students over the age of 18 and resident in Europe you can take part in the event, free of charge.

Submission

You are required to submit an application form and a supporting document (PDF, digital office format or online) of up to 2,500 words that describes the solution, including: the audience that the solution will support, the accessibility issue it will address and the parameters of the solution.

After the submission deadline, Facebook will select the three Finalists for presentation. Finalist selection criteria will be innovation level, level of increased accessibility and technical feasibility.

Learn more about the types of disability that people experience from the World Health Organization’s:

Health Topic on Disability, info on the World Health Organizations website (opens in new window)

UN’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (opens in new window)

Deadline

The submission window will open on the 1st of October, and the submission deadline is 5:00 PM CET on November 8th, 2021.

The event

The Hackathon will be open to the public and live streamed on November 29th, 2021 at 4.00-5.30 PM CET.

The Finalists of the Hackathon will present their proposals to a panel of expert judges during the virtual event, and a winner will be chosen.

International sign interpretation and live captioning will be provided during the event.

Prize

The winning submission will receive an Oculus Quest 2 VR headset.

Use the Hackathon Application below to submit your Entry.

If you have any questions - reach out today!

Hackathon’s Application Form, opens in new window

Official Rules of participation in the Facebook-Funka Accessibility Hackathon 2021, opens in new window

Additional information:

  • Guests are welcome to the Final!

    Facebook and Funka want to mobilize and encourage students from across Europe to create innovative digital solutions for increased accessibility. You are welcome to watch Finalists’ presentations at the live-streamed event. (Registration form)
  • Facebook-Funka Accessibility Hackathon 2020

    The last year’s winner of the Hackathon was Natalie Wochner from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. Read more about Natalie’s submission and watch her presentation.

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