Assistive Technology


October 22nd - 23rd · 2016 | Puerto Rico


One of #include<girls> main goals is to be inclusive of underrepresented communities in STEM, we have decided that for this year's Hackathon, our theme will revolve around

Assistive Technology.

Assistive technology (AT) is any item, piece of equipment, software program, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of people with disabilities. Assistive technology helps people who have difficulty speaking, writing, seeing, hearing, learning, walking, among other things. Different disabilities require different assistive technologies. If you would like to know more, you can find more info here.

We are welcoming a diverse audience that is interested in technology and programming and would like to provide a comfortable space where they have access to mentors to work in their projects. However, in order to compete for our prizes, the projects MUST be related to Assistive Technology.


October 22nd - 23rd · 2016


Engine 4


    Saturday, October 22

    11:00am - 1:00pm: Registration and Job Fair. Light Refreshments.

    01:00 pm: Opening

    02:00 pm: Start Hacking

    04:00 pm - 5:00pm : Big Data (hosted by Oracle)*

    05:00 pm - 5:30pm: Open Source (Patricia Ordóñez)*

    05:30 pm - 6:00pm: Virtual Reality as an Assistive Technology(Pedro Cruz)*

    06:00 pm: Dinner

    06:30 pm: Assistive Tech Talk with Mauricio Lizama

    *Limit of spaces avialiable.

    Sunday, October 23

    12:00 am: Midnight Surprise

    08:00 am: Breakfast

    12:00 pm: Lunch

    01:00 pm - 03:00pm: Job Fair

    02:00 pm: End Hacking

    03:00 pm - 5:00pm : Demos and Judging

    5:00 pm - 5:20pm: Sponsor's Keynote

    05:20 pm: Prices and Closing

"Our goal is to produce a hackathon evenly balanced in gender, maintain/increase the quality of hacks and take down the stereotypes that exist mostly in our field."


Projects can compete for the prizes if they fall in any of these categories:

Accessibility to Control interfaces

Any type of software that can provide control of the usage of an electronic device, preferably a computer or laptop, to a person who might have more difficulty accessing these devices.

Below are some examples of possible ideas for projects that fall under this category:

  • Mouse emulation through a simple interruptor.

  • Control the keyboard and mouse vía Morse Code.

  • Low–cost eye tracking mouse emulation.

  • Dwell clicking App (for Android)

  • Computer-based control of video game console (voice recognition/Morse Code)

  • Sensory impairment

    If one of the senses; sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste and spatial awareness, is no longer performing at its best.

    Below are some examples of possible ideas for projects that fall under this category:

  • Voice recognition for closed caption of phone calls. - Closed captions refers to subtitles for every sound (even falling objects and onomatopoeias).

  • Scanner App to identify checkmarks or LEDs next to a text. i.e Scantron sheet for the visually impaired.

  • Recognition of ininteligible voice (discrete vocalizations).

  • Personal Security PERS:

    Also know as a Medical Emergency Response System, it allows you to call for help in case of emergency by pushing a button. In this case, a software that provides this service to someone that might have difficulty accessing it with just a button.

  • PERS: App for desktop and or mobile.

  • PERS App for desktop and or mobile

  • Hardware Hack

    Any of the challenges mentioned below accompanied by some type of hardware that facilities access.

    Educational Hack

    Create a software, web app or mobile app that helps create, conscience and educate the general public about any type of impairment.

    Entertainment Hack

    Create a videogame or an app whose main audience is people whose disability makes it challenging to enjoy every day video games.

  • i.e. A storytelling video game for people with physical impairment.

  • Prizes

  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place

  • $400 for best use of Oracle technologies.

  • $100 Visa Gift Cards for each team member for best use of Evertec API.

  • Airbnb travel coupons ($150) + swag for completing the Airbnb Challenge.

  • $50 Amazon Gift Card Vouchers to all team members in the team that submits the best hack/website on a .tech domain.

  • Sponsor Challenges

    Oracle Challenge: To be selected by an Oracle representative.

    Airbnb Challenge: Create an app, software or web that can facilitate access to traveling, or communication.

    i.e. Create a software that eases communication through an electronic device for a person with a disability.

    A language translator for a person with a disability such as visual or communication impairment.

    Evertec Challenge: Create an app/software that integrates their API with assisted technology to facilitate payment transactions.

    More sponsor challanges to be announced soon.


    • Teams may include up to four members

    • All hacks must be built at #include<a-thon> by registered attendees.

    • Remote participation is not allowed.

    • A participant can belong to just one group.

    • Project contents must be general audience rated.

    • Everyone must be identified at all times.

    • Only hackers who are students at the time of the hackathon or who have left school within the current school year may compete for the prizes.

    • All student hackers must present their class schedule of the current semester or trimester when registering at the event.

    • Professionals hackers can compete for the Sponsor challenges.

    • Any type of project can be presented, but only projects that revolve around Assistive Technology would be considered for prizes.

    • Teams retain full ownership of their projects.


    Job Fair
      • Engine 4
      • Oracle
      • Evertec
      • Fideicomiso para Ciencia, Tecnología e Investigación
      • Piloto Labs
      • Google
      • Akcelita
      • CEG Soft
      • Airbnb
      • Github
      • Technolochicas
      • Fusion Works
      • Codetrotters
      • HackerEarth
      • Tech Domains

    The success of this event is credited largely to our sponsors, who lend their names and financial support to the event.


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    Questions? Contact us via email | include.girls.uprrp@gmail.com

    #INCLUDE<A-THON> 2015


    Job Fair

    Fashion Show






    ~ 80


    From different Colleges from Puerto Rico.

    30 %


    Participated in the event.



    Developed in 24 hours


    in Prizes


    Why a Hackathon?

    "We aim to produce a hackathon evenly balanced in gender while maintaining and increasing the quality of hacks. We want to motivate women to show off their skills and ideas for new projects."

    Why a Job Fair?

    We are aware that for students, especially in the metro area, it might be difficult to talk one-on-one with recruits from companies. We want to provide participants with the opportunity to network with companies for possible internship/job opportunities.

    Is the admission free?

    For the students that are planning to come to the Job Fair and the Hackathon, the admission is free. However, any person interested in participating in the event must had registered before the registration closes.

    But, what is a Hackathon?

    #include <a-thon> is an event where people with technical/design skills come together for 24 hours to create amazing projects. These projects are then judged by a group of tech professionals and winners will possibly win cool prizes. Click here to learn more.

    Can I have teammates?

    The teams can have up to 4 members. Each team must bring their own computers. Teams are recommended to have at least 1 programmer, but it’s not mandatory.

    Who can participate?

    We welcome college students from any university and major. High school students can participate if they're 18 or older. We also welcome professionals to participate if they have graduated this year.

    Do you give travel reimbursement?

    Unfortunately, we’re not offering any travel reimbursement for people outside Puerto Rico at the moment.

    Can I stay over?

    If you’re going to participate in the hackathon, you can stay over. If you want, you can bring a sleeping bag, air mattress, pillows, etc.

    What about food?

    You don't have to worry about food, we will provide food to all the participants during the hackathon.


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