Using technology to change lives

Assistive and adaptive technology can empower individuals to do the impossible

What is it?

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 sessions on Sep 19 at Microsoft Canada or Sep 21 at Sheridan College 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.

Congratulations to our participating teams:

AIDex, BlueScout, CoolCats, iC Color, Living Life, and SmartCane


hackABILITY Schedule

Deadline for Team Applications

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

For those looking for teammates please go to  and sign up. You can then join the hackABILITY project

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 



December 7, 2017 at UofT Mississauga campus (Get your tickets here)



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

target="_blank"Andrew Yoshioka

Andrew Yoshioka

President of Sanbonki Inc.

Laura Dottori-Attanasio

Laura Dottori-Attanasio

Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Risk Officer at CIBC

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Contributing Partners

The organizations behind hackABILITY
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