ACCESSiTHON

The Accessibility Hackathon

Bringing people and technology together in the creation of
human–computer interaction solutions that
enhance and improve the quality of life for people.

September 30 — October 2, 2016

Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Kitchener, Ontario

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About Accessithon

Accessithon was a hackathon organized on September 30 – October 2, 2016 at the Kitchener campus of Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, and co-hosted by Conestoga's Robotics Innovation Group, Open Sky Incubator, and Proto3000. The goal of the event was to bring people and technology together in the creation of human–computer interaction solutions that enhance and improve the quality of life for people.

In addition to the hackathon itself, the event included entrepreneurship workshops by Conestoga's Centre for Entrepreneurship; keynote presentations by Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Studies, Clearpath Robotics, and K-W Access-Ability; and project presentations by the students of Conestoga's School of Engineering and Information Technology.

Participants from Conestoga, Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Wilfrid Laurier University, and University of Waterloo envisioned their ideas, and worked in an inspirational and collaborative environment to create solutions that improved lives. Participants were encouraged to interact with event sponsors, judges, and volunteers in order to expand their professional network and discover new academic and career opportunities. The projects were in the form of mobile, Web, desktop, or hardware applications.

After twenty four hours of hacking, the most technically challenging solution was awarded to Rui Geng, Jaspreet Janjuha, Emmanuel Dos Santos, students from Conestoga's Mobile Solutions Development program, who created Time2Go. The most innovative solution was awarded to Harikrushn Dave, Ankit Guhe, Lucas Kaehler, and Abhimanyu Vats, students from Conestoga's Mobile Solutions Development and Embedded Systems Development, who created OneButton. Each of our winning groups received $500 in order to support their projects.

If you have any questions about the event, please direct them to the event organizers: Dalibor Dvorski and Emile McLean.

Sponsors

Hosts

Silver

Bronze





Friends of Accessithon





Projects

One Button

most innovative solution

by Harikrushn Dave, Lucas Kaehler, Abhimanyu Vats, and Ankit Guhe

Our application empowers the user to interact and operate physical buttons and/or control machines using an Android smartphone or smartwatch, and Bluetooth. In lieu of reaching for and pushing physical buttons on public facilities to, for example, open a door, the user would open a door using our software solution.

Time2Go

most technically challenging solution

by Rui Geng, Jaspreet Janjuha, and Emmanuel Dos Santos

An iOS smartphone application that improves transit accessibility by providing the user real-time information on buses, routes, maps, trips, and schedules. The application works by allowing the user to choose a route, track a particular bus along that route in real time using open data, and be notified through various interfaces when the bus is about to arrive on the user's stop.

DifferentlyAbled

by Tarun Khanna, Oleksandr Pidhornyi, and Gurpreet Singh

A Python application that allows people to share information about the level of accessibility of buildings and facilities on an interactive map.

Flex

by Julian Chu, Anthony Hill, and Ping Chang Ueng

Our solution allows people to perform hand and wrist muscle exercises in a gamified environment using a gesture control armband.

hEAR

by Samir Anadkat, Zane Chatodkath, Sherin Jose, and Muhammad Niyamuthullah

Using 3D printed ears with embedded microphones, our solution is able to detect an incoming vehicle's horn or the siren of an emergency vehicle, and inform the user through LED lights.

LetsMove

by Sachin Patel, Ankit Rajput, and Helly Shah

An Android application that connects people that wish to move from one residency to another, with people that are able to provide the services to support a move, with an emphasis on accessibility and user experience.

one_leap

by Filipe Flor, Taranjit Kang, Christopher Luong, Colin Repas, and Gustavo Silva

The goal of this project is to make computers more accessible using a combination of Leap Motion Controller units, Web cam face recognition, and voice recognition, by allowing users to navigate and operate their computers.

Smart Wheel Chair

by Neville Dabre and Aicun Lu

Our solution provides the user with real-time data on their wheelchair, such as battery level, charging history, trip information, path conditions, and weight of the user.



Program

Friday, September 30

9:00–10:00 — workshop: Discover Your Entrepreneurial Spirit
10:00–11:00 — workshop: Opportunities to Venture
11:00–12:00 — workshop: Entrepreneurial Networking
14:00–15:00 — keynote: Human Centred Automation
15:00–16:00 — keynote: ROS 101 — Modern Approach to Software in Robotics
16:00–17:00 — keynote: Accessibility: What Does it Really Mean? How Does it Affect You?
18:00–18:30 — hackathon sign-in and supper
18:30–19:00 — opening remarks and team formation
19:00–22:00 — hackathon

Saturday, October 1

8:00–8:30 — breakfast
8:30–12:00 — hackathon
12:00–12:30 — lunch and project presentations
12:30–18:00 — hackathon
18:00–18:30 — dinner
18:30–22:00 — hackathon

Sunday, October 2

8:00–8:30 — breakfast
8:30–12:00 — hackathon
12:00–12:30 — lunch
12:30–15:00 — hackathon
15:00–16:00 — judging
16:00–17:00 — closing remarks and announcement of winners



Invited Presenters

Keynotes

Accessibility: What Does it Really Mean?
How Does it Affect You?

Edward Faruzel
Executive Director
K-W Access-Ability

When people think about accessibility, what are they really thinking about? A ramp? An electronic door opener? In this discussion, we will not only be talking about accessibility, but also various mobility devices, such as electric wheelchairs, manual wheelchairs, walkers, crutches etc., and how accessibility affects people using these different devices. We will also be discussing the legal aspects of accessibility. The AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act) What is it? How does it affect you?

Human Centred Automation

Major David Dunwoody
Aerospace Studies Program Director
Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Studies
Department of National Defence
Government of Canada

This presentation discusses the application of human centred automation (HCA) through a design methodology to increase operator-uninhabited airborne vehicle (UAV) interaction. This presentation will examine three areas of research as they apply to this design methodology. The first area examines HCA and its use to overcome the risks of automation. The second involves modeling the goals and tasks of the operator's interaction with the UAV. An Operator Function Model (OFM) design methodology models those tasks carried out by a human operator to achieve a specified goal. The third area of research is the OFM expert system (OFMspert). The OFMspert discusses the implementation of the OFM to a computer model. This presentation recommends the application of HCA to all future developments of UAV automation.

ROS 101 — Modern Approach to Software in Robotics

Ilia Baranov
Senior Electrical Designer
Clearpath Robotics

Robot Operating System (ROS) has become the new standard in creating cutting-edge robotics. The main reasons are extreme flexibility, an open source approach, and a large community of world-class developers. This talk will present a quick overview of ROS and its strengths, and demonstrations of behaviour. Anyone interested in robotics should become familiar with ROS, as it greatly increases development speed, and prevents constant recreation of code.

Workshops

Discover Your Entrepreneurial Spirit

Rob Clement
Entrepreneur in Residence
Centre for Entrepreneurship
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Discover your entrepreneurial characteristics and skills. Learn how to expand your imagination by connecting ideas in creative ways. Whether you want to start a business or develop your leadership potential, this workshop will inspire.

Entrepreneurial Networking

Rob Clement
Entrepreneur in Residence
Centre for Entrepreneurship
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Networking can be fun, rewarding and interesting. Establish credibility, meet potential clients, partners, suppliers, investors, employees and employers. Learn about key networking opportunities and how you can develop valuable relationships.

Opportunities to Venture

Rob Clement
Entrepreneur in Residence
Centre for Entrepreneurship
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

What makes an idea a good business venture? Learn how successful entrepreneurs validate opportunities and transform ideas into successful start-ups. We will introduce you to some simple and helpful tools for getting started.

Projects

Design and Development of an Indoor Positioning System: IndoNav

presented by Ady Paulino, Lalit Bagga, Miao Zhang, Tiago Ribeiro, and Yan Yan
supervised by Dalibor Dvorski
School of Engineering and Information Technology,
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

People use the global positioning system in order to navigate outdoors. However, using this same technology for indoor navigation is problematic. IndoNav is an indoor positioning system that combines the use of wireless sensors, and mobile and Web applications in order to make complete indoor navigation possible. This poster will explore the solution that was developed, touching upon major aspects of the software development process, methodologies, and technologies used. The final result shows how a combination of hardware and software technologies can be used in order to create an indoor positioning system, and how to track and locate devices on a map.

Enhancing Humanoid Robot Interfaces

presented by Roger Bongers and Tarek Rahim
supervised by Jane Carr and Dalibor Dvorski
School of Engineering and Information Technology,
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

This project is an extension of InMoov, a community-driven open source humanoid robot project; that aims to freely provide all of the computer-aided design files needed to construct a robot using any consumer-grade 3D printer. Our project aims to refine the community's glove-control interface to provide the sensation of real-time digital control.

RIGbotApp — Teaching Humanoids How to Act

presented by Mehmood Chaundhry, Marius Tocitu, and Chaozhi Zhang
supervised by Dalibor Dvorski
School of Engineering and Information Technology,
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

RIGbotApp is an Android mobile application intended to be used as a gesture programming tool. The application enables the user to control RIGbotArm, a robot arm unit, in real time with Bluetooth and provides the option to compose complex gestures that may be recorded and played back at a later time. The user friendly design provides slider-based controls and a built-in simulator that makes it easy for anyone to program RIGbotArm without having to write a single line of code.