Mission: Promote interest and innovation in assistive technology…by building connections within our community and fostering collaborative efforts to create inclusive technology.
Role: Co-founded the hackathon in 2013 and have co-directed and expanded the program since
Overview: ATHack matches groups of MIT students with co-designers from the Cambridge/Boston community who are looking to work with students to prototype an assistive technology solution that addresses a problem they are having in their day-to-day life. Over the course of 6 hackathons, over 400 hackers have worked on 75 projects for more than 70 community co-designers. We emphasize collaborative development - successful technologies cannot be created in isolation from their use context. In the realm of assistive technologies, end users (co-designers) have particularly unique experiences and knowledge.
ATHack in Form magazine, October 2018
ATHack 2018: MIT News
ATHack 2018: EdTech Magazine
ATHack 2018: DisabilityTek
ATHack 2017: MIT News
ATHack 2017: Metro News
ATHack 2015: MIT News
ATHack 2015: MIT Admissions Blog
ATHack 2015: Perkins School
Narain, J., Ananthabhotla, I., Mendez, S., Taylor, C., Siu, H., Brugnaro, L., and Mallozzi, A. "ATHack: Co-Design and Education in Assistive Technology Development". Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.