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Microsoft APAC are proud to host the first virtual AI for Accessibility hackathon for business partners, developers, start-ups and universities.

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Launch

October 16th

Registration close

October 30th

Mission canvas due

November 6th

Final presentation

November 18th

Winners announcement

November 20th

Malaysia Pan-Disability Football Club

Daily Life

How can Artificial Intelligence empower and enhance the skillset of blind players on the football pitch? ​

Shooting accuracy and indication of the goalguide's position – During a match the blind outfield players have a challenge to gauge the distance between them and the opponent's goal mouth and would need an indication or a signal from their respective goalguide that is standing behind the opponent's goalpost. Conventionally the goalguide shouts out ""verbal instructions"" about the range of shot and the ideal shooting angle to assist the blind player in getting an accurate shot at goal. The dimension of the goal post is W3.66. X H2.14m and equivalent to a hockey goal post. ​

Malaysia Pan-Disability Football Club

Daily Life

How can Artificial Intelligence empower and enhance the skillset of blind players on the football pitch? ​

Physical distancing or "VOY*" - The rule of blind football requires any player not in possession of the ball, regardless of team member or opponent to say "VOY" when approaching or charging towards the ball in play. While the player possessing the ball attacks at high speed, that attacker would need to identify how close are the oncoming opponents or obstruction. In some cases, the opponent delays saying VOY on purpose as a tactical move to prevent the attacker from dribbling the opponent. Delayed or failure to say VOY results in loss of ball possession by the attacker and even collision with the opponent which is an infringement of the rule against the opponent.​

Malaysia Pan-Disability Football Club

Daily Life

How can Artificial Intelligence empower and enhance the skillset of blind players on the football pitch? ​

Ball possession, receiving a pass from teammates - Being totally visually impaired, the players have a challenge to  receive a pass and control the ball passed by their teammate during tactical play. The pass sometimes goes off target and the teammate has to adjust himself quickly to detect the ball that is rolling away from him at the best possible method to avoid that ball being dispossessed by the opponent. A loose rolling ball is anyone's ball and therefore the teammate has to wrestle vigorously to attempt to repossess the ball.

Atriev

Employment

How can AI create wearable technology to help people with visual impairment navigate their workplaces independently?

Atriev

Employment

How can AI help make all the PDFs scanned and encoded with virtual classroom applications (e.g. QQ classroom, 51talk application, etc.) instantaneously accessible with screen reading software without necessarily pulling up 3rd party applications?

Atriev

Employment

How can AI provide instantaneous accessibility for remote office applications such as those used for collaboration?

Atriev

Employment

How can AI provide accessibility for online applicant assessment tools such as language assessments, verbal reasoning tests, and abstract reasoning tests?

Atriev

Daily Life

How can AI help create inclusive ATMs?

Atriev

Daily Life

How can AI help visually-impaired persons use photo editing apps independently?

Atriev

Daily Life

How can AI help persons with visual impairment safely manipulate cooking appliances and equipment (e.g. gas stove, blender, etc.)?

Atriev

Daily Life

How can AI provide wearable devices that will help persons with visual impairment traverse the streets independently and safely?

Atriev

Daily Life

How can AI help persons with visual impairment in personal grooming (e.g. correct color combination in clothes, hair style that matches the facial features, etc.)?

Virtualahan

Employment

How AI might improve online jobs (e.g. Lead Generation, Data Entry) for it to be available to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities?

Virtualahan

Employment

"How might we apply AI for online jobs/clerical jobs to
improve efficiency and accuracy thereby increasing employers’ confidence in employing
PWDs?"

Virtualahan

Employment

How might we improve the employment data infrastructure in the Philippines for Persons with Disabilities?

Virtualahan

Employment

How might we bridge the gap between the lack of skills and education of Persons with Disabilities to qualify for competitive employment and the outdated HR practices and lack of confidence of employers to employ talents with disabilities?

Virtualahan

Daily Life

How might we apply AI to filter social media and other media
contents for the benefit of people with psychosocial disabilities? (e.g. suicide/murder
scenes/dialogue)

Virtualahan

Daily Life

How might we automatically create image descriptions in social media for people with visual disabilities?

Virtualahan

Daily Life

How might we make online learning more accessible to learners with disabilities especially from rural communities? 

Virtualahan

Daily Life

How might we eliminate the use of mouse and keyboards for low tech computers for people with muscular dystrophy and paralysis?

Virtualahan

Communication

How might we automatically create closed captions for offline use to help the deaf and hard of hearing community?

Virtualahan

Communication

How might we enable the general public to avoid ableist language and practice?

Virtualahan

Communication

How might we automate speech therapy for children with speech disabilities using AI?

Virtualahan

Communication

How might we automatically flag ableism in social media platforms?

Project Inclusion

Employment

Can AI contribute to the management, or mitigation of bias, or negative perceptions in hiring and recruitment that contribute to barriers of employment for Persons with Disability?

Project Inclusion

Employment

How can AI promote the personal and professional development (e.g. interpersonal skills, networking skills, career competence) of job seekers and currently employed Persons with Disability?

Project Inclusion

Employment

How can assistive technology for Persons with Disability improve safety and reduce occupational hazards in the workplace?

Project Inclusion

Daily Life

How can AI and smart technologies improve architectural and engineering software to automatically incorporate universal design principles?

Project Inclusion

Daily Life

How do we ensure that AI knowledge reflects the diversity of population, particularly of Persons with Disability?

Project Inclusion

Daily Life

How can AI and smart technologies be integrated in transportation services to help Persons with Disability overcome mobility issues?

Project Inclusion

Daily Life

How can AI encourage independent living for Persons with Disability?

Project Inclusion

Daily Life

How can AI contribute to better recognition, and representation in data gathering initiatives (macro-level, and community-level statistics) of Persons with Disability? 

Project Inclusion

Communication

How can AI be integrated in an online communication or conference platform to accommodate and support persons with communication and hearing impairments?

Project Inclusion

Communication

How can AI design, transform, or personalize learning materials or resources for learners with disability?

Project Inclusion

Communication

Can AI, or smart technologies be used to better foster a non-tokenistic, deeper, and nuanced understanding of the diverse lived experiences of Persons with Disability?

Korea Differently Abled Federation

Daily Life

In Korea, while people are required to go through a verification process in order to confirm one’s identity to access financial services, such a process may not be accessible to individuals with disabilities. For instance, voice or sound prompts may not be readily available. Those with disabilities trying to utilize financial services will need the assistance of others to do so, even though the identification verification contains personal data.

Korea Differently Abled Federation

Employment

In business meetings, people with low visions may have difficulties identifying the meeting participants.

Korea Differently Abled Federation

Daily Life

Kiosks are used in many places nowadays, but for people with disabilities, a kiosk can complicate things when they cannot see the screen or if they can’t figure out how to use it.

Korea Differently Abled Federation

Employment

People with disabilities may require a longer time to search relevant data on the internet.

Disability Research and Capacity Development

Daily Life

How can AI help the blind travel by themselves, by notifying the accessibility requirements of the public constructions and/or obstacles on their way, especially those can’t be detected by their white cane at the body and head level.

Disability Research and Capacity Development

Employment

How can AI help massage clinic manager to manage performance of their employees, who are the blind massagers, and allow the blind massagers to receive bookings nearest their locations if they are available.

Disability Research and Capacity Development

Communication and Connection

How can AI help the blind book public transportation (buses, trains,) and be notified what they need to do when their expected bus is coming.

RPF/ Foundation for The Blind

Employability

It is a well-known fact that people with disabilities struggle to find and keep employment in emerging countries. How can we use technology, including AI, to facilitate job opportunities and increase employment rate for people with disabilities? 

The Redemptorist Foundation For People with Disabilities

Communication and Connection

Ahead of meltdowns, many people with autism will show signs of distress. How can we help children with autism to feel calm from emotional distress and be able to reengage with others? 

Foundation for The Blind

Daily Life

How can we make use of AI to help visually impaired people travel with confidence in the city? 

Be Lab

Daily Life

There are countless assistive technology products available to people with low vision or blindness.  However, in order to understand and use them, one also needs to constantly invest time and energy.  And, all it takes is a simple Office 365 update to disable finely tuned tools like Jaws or Zoomtext. The frustration and loss of productivity is high.

How can we help people navigate and seamlessly use the myriad of accessibility tools available in a way that is truly inclusive and reliable?

*Note, for interested hackers, the NZ team started with a chatbot solution to this issue that could be built upon.

SG Enable

Employment

How might we use AI to search for and match jobs and training opportunities for persons with disabilities based on their profiles and career aspirations, and informing them of such matches via a user-friendly and accessible platform? How can we further make use of AI to build, update and customize their resumes such that the resumes would be relevant to the jobs that these job seekers are applying to (for e.g., use of industry-specific terms)?

SG Enable

Employment

How can AI be used to train persons with disabilities to be proficient in online job interviews (For e.g., video conferencing etiquette and understanding of facial expressions.)?

SG Enable

Employment

How might we use AI to create a better video-conferencing experience for persons with visual impairment (e.g. to “read” facial expressions, identify who’s speaking in a video-conference etc.)?

SG Enable

Accessible Education

For a student with visual impairment, how might we use AI to recognise, organise and describe information accurately in a document that comprises text and graphics that do not have alternate text descriptions and are not arranged sequentially, in a manner that makes sense to the student? Typical screen readers require a certain sequential format of content layout and alternate text descriptions of graphics in order to capture and read out the information accurately.

SG Enable

Daily Life

How can AI be used to identify barrier-free routes for wheelchair users using satellite images, open-source maps and other possible image and data sources?

MJF Charitable Foundation

Daily Life

Using AI for Accessibility Audit for buildings and homes – how to design the ramp or wheelchair access to the house/office/commercial building, whether the existing ramp is at the correct angle, handrails/doors in the toilets, accessible public buildings in the town, accessibility checklist etc.

MJF Charitable Foundation

Employment

Supported Employment – bridging the gap between persons with disabilities and employers including how to proceed

MJF Charitable Foundation

Communication

Gait Analysis and Hip Surveillance for children with Cerebral Palsy – Gait analysis using mobile phone – Hip surveillance – Clinician and Parent guidance

MJF Charitable Foundation

Communication

Assistive devices – how to select, whom to prescribe, what to provide and when to use – using AI to assist both the clinicians and the user to take correct decision

Win the hackathon in three simple steps

Step 1

Register and
join the community

Each team can include up to five members and the team lead must register all members using the "Register Your Team" button. Registration will be closed on 30th October 2020 (midnight)

You will ideate and hack on real-life problem statements provided by non-profit organisations. Alternatively, you may address an accessibility challenge of your own.

Stay connected and active by joining the community. There are lots of prizes to be won along the way.

Step 2

Submit your
mission canvas

You can qualify to the final round by submitting a mission canvas for your solution. We’ve organised a training session on how to build the most impactful mission canvas. Do make sure to check the schedule page and attend the session.

The mission canvas will be open for submission between 1st November 2020 – 6th November 2020.

Use your creative skills to design the best mission canvas. You can submit an image, video or even an interactive website. You are only limited by your imagination.

Mission Canvas Model example

Step 3

Present your
proof of concept

This will be a dragon’s den style pitch where each team will have an opportunity to virtually present their final solution to a stream of regional judges.

Judges will also have an opportunity to ask your team questions to further clarify the idea.

The final presentations will commence on 18th November 2020 and the winners will be announced on 20th November 2020.