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Disrupt Disability Hackathon - 27th June 2017 London

Over 65 million people worldwide require a wheelchair to be part of society and live an independent life. The freedom a wheelchair can give depends on how bespoke it. With traditional manufacturing techniques this freedom comes at a price that most people can't afford but new techniques (e.g. 3D printing, CNC milling, laser cutting) could change that. It’s already been done for bionic limbs, now why not wheelchairs?

Working with wheelchair users, designers and makers, Disrupt Disability are developing a modular wheelchair system that could enable anyone to design and manufacture compatible wheelchair components, giving wheelchair users greater choice and control over how their chair looks and functions.

On the 27th June, we're inviting designers, makers and wheelchair users to come together to develop bespoke wheelchair components that respond to a user-led design challenge. Design challenges will be led by Steve Cox, Create Education and Molly Gavriel, Disrupt Disability.   


Tuesday 27th June, 11am - 7pm 


Machines Room, 45 Vyner Street, E2 9DQ

How much does it cost to attend? 

100% Free. Travel grants may be made available in some circumstances, please contact [email protected].

Who can attend?

Anyone! In particular, we're looking for wheelchair users, designers and makers.

What about accessibility?

Machines Room is a fully accessible, ground floor venue. There is one wheelchair accessible toilet at Machines Room and another at a gallery across the road that attendees will be able to use.

If you would like further information on access or to reserve parking at the venue please contact Molly at [email protected]. Molly is also able to provide directions from accessible public transport and organise taxis - nearby stations are Bethnal Green, Cambridge Heath, Hackney Central and Haggerston.

Is lunch provided?

Lunch will be provided. Please let us know in advance if you have any dietary requirements.

Is there anything I need to prepare in advance?

Attendees will be sent a briefing pack prior to the event with further information.

Participants will be working in teams reflecting a mix of skills and experience. 

Sounds great! How do I  book my place? 

RSVP to Molly at [email protected] by the 20th June, and remember to let us know if you have any additional questions or requirements e.g. dietary, accessibility, travel - we’ll let you know once your place is confirmed and send over additional information on the agenda and workshops in advance. 

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