Using technology to change lives

Assistive and adaptive technology can empower individuals to do the impossible

What is hackABILITY?

hackABILITY is an extended hackathon that will bring together passionate teams to create solutions for individuals with disabilities. hackABILITY will raise awareness about emerging assistive and adaptive technology opportunities, and facilitate the rapid prototyping of devices that may be considered for further development and commercialization. Solutions will be assessed based on innovation, scalability, and affordability criteria.

When is it?

All hackABILITY events will occur September to December 2017. Attend our info session on September 19 at Microsoft Canada in Mississauga to learn more, ask questions, and form your team. Team applications are open now until Thursday October 12. Teams will work on their projects in October & November. The hackABILITY finale will be held on Thursday, December 7 - stay tuned for more details.

Who should participate?

Think you have a solution that will take the "dis" out of "disability"? We are looking for people that are passionate about solving problems! hackABILITY teams will consist of at least 4 people, including a person with a disability or a caregiver. Teams are recommended to have expertise in design, coding, and engineering.

hackABILITY Schedule

July 13, 2017 – Announcement of hackABILITY at Driving Dreams Conference (Press Release)


Info Session

September 19, 2017 – Hosted by Microsoft Canada, 6-7:30 pm (Register Here)

Deadline for Team Applications

October 12, 2017 – Teams submit their application form, including team members and project idea (Apply Here)

Project Development

October & November – Teams work on their projects, with the help of training workshops and drop-in sessions (more info to come)

Final Project Submissions

November 27, 2017 – Teams submit finished projects, including a one-page overview and presentation slide deck (more info to come)


December 7, 2017 at UofT Mississauga campus (more info to come)


Meet the Judges

Inspirational judges supporting the development of technology innovation
Sam Schmidt

Sam Schmidt

Former Indy Racing League driver and current co-owner of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Barry Munro

Barry Munro

Chief Development Officer, Canadian Spinal Research Organization

Rob Buren

Rob Buren

Speaker, Athlete, Entrepreneur

Contributing Partners

The organizations behind hackABILITY

RIC Centre

Regional Innovation Centre

The Research Innovation Commercialization (RIC) Centre helps technology entrepreneurs that want to fast-track their business to market. From the idea and concept stage, to the growth and expansion stage of their business, RIC Centre has supported more than 700 startup clients since 2013. RIC Centre clients have raised over $240M in capital, generated over $115M in revenue and created over 650 jobs.

Arrow Electronics

Lead Sponsor

As one of the world’s largest providers of electronic and IT products and services in the world, Arrow is uniquely positioned with the breadth of resources and depth of expertise to successfully shepherd promising entrepreneurs along their path to market. From design and prototyping support to creative financing and supply chain services, Arrow has the end-to-end technology capabilities that can help startups get innovative new products to market quickly and cost-effectively.


University of Toronto Mississauga's Accelerator

ICUBE is the business accelerator at the Institute for Management & Innovation, University of Toronto Mississauga. ICUBE offers students and community youth early-stage business development & commercialization services including an entrepreneurial curriculum, business advisory services, collaborative space, expert speaker sessions, and a mentorship program.

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Team Application

Are you interested in participating in hackABILITY? Here are some guidelines to get you started? Each team will identify the challenge and submit the brief overview of their solution. The brief overview will be used Read more…


Mentor Application

hackABILITY hopes to: – Raise awareness about emerging technology opportunities in the area of assistive technology – Support collaboration between educational institutions and established businesses – Provide industry mentoring to teams/students – Facilitate the rapid Read more…


Information Session

hackABILITY is hosting it’s first Information Session on Tuesday, September 19 at Microsoft Canada in Mississauga! Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Time: 6:00PM – 7:30PM Venue: Microsoft Canada, Room MPR Address: 1950 Meadowvale Blvd., Mississauga, ON L5N Read more…


Contributing Partners

hackABILITY would not be made possible without the support of our contributing partners. A special thanks to these organizations for their ongoing support and contributions!  

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