Atos
Accessibility
Hackathon 2020

Let's hack the Inclusive Collaboration

Why now and how?

The current Covid-19 pandemic has necessitated remote working and communication platforms play a crucial role in enabling organizations to adjust and cope with social distancing requirements.

Remote and flexible working has tremendous potential to open up employment opportunities for people with disabilities if delivered accessibly.

We know that as new ways of working are adopted, they can generate benefits but also create potential barriers for employees and customers. Public safety is also an issue as Urgent and Important communications that affect the health and wellbeing of citizens and employees are often not reaching some of the most at-risk individuals.

How can we ensure that the communication platforms, apps or tools we are using don’t exclude people with disabilities?

Atos is #AlwaysReady help us to be #AlwaysInclusive

Social Distancing

Adapting to working whilst keeping our distance has become a necessity we can no longer ignore.

New Ways of Working

Remote and flexible working could offer new employment opportunities to people with disabilities through the use of accessible tools.

Staying Safe

Public safety is more crucial than ever, but is everyone included? Can access solutions also benefit public health?

Being Inclusive

How can we make our platforms, apps and tools more inclusive to people with disabilities?

Social Distancing

Adapting to working whilst keeping our distance has become a necessity we can no longer ignore.

New Ways of Working

Remote and flexible working could offer new employment opportunities to people with disabilities through the use of accessible tools.

Staying Safe

Public safety is more crucial than ever, but is everyone included? Can access solutions also benefit public health?

Being Inclusive

How can we make our platforms, apps and tools more inclusive to people with disabilities?

Countdown to Pitching

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Who should join?

If you are from ATOS and are either  designer, software developer, business analyst, consultant or just someone looking to be challenged, we invite you to sign up and join the hackathon.

Registration

5 May – 11 May, 2020

Register your interest and form your team to compete!

Individuals can also join.

Hackathon

12 – 20 May

Let the hackathon begin!

Tune in for advice from our experts to get you started.

Pitching

21 May

Pitch your concept during the Global Accessibility Awareness Day – top concepts will be down selected for further development.

Awards

5 June 2020 @ Atos Innovation week

Awards to the winning teams during the global Atos Innovation week

What's the hackathons theme?

How can we ensure that the communication platforms, apps or tools we are using don’t exclude people with disabilities? To answer that, let’s meet some of our fellow people with disabilities to better comprehend the skills that they have and the challenges they face.

What's their lifestyle?

A young man in a brown leather jacket wearing round rayban shades

John

28 years old and works in sales. He is a football fan and loves playing with his friends over the weekend. Unfortunately, last week he broke his right arm and now he needs to work with his left arm with which he is not used to.  

A lady with dark hair and glasses looking at a laptop

Maria

48 years old and she is working as an office administrator at a local company. Recently she was diagnosed with a visual impairment (retinitis pigmentosa), although she has some residual sight she is now legally blind. She finds it challenging continuing working in the office, and she recently requested to do a workplace assessment to try to find a solution for her to continue to be productive. 

A lady wearing a hearing aid using a mobile phone

Georgie

24 years old. During a night out with her friend in the university, she had an accident that caused her a hearing loss. She recently started working in an international company, and she spends most of her time on conference calls, and she frequently asks a colleague to send her the minutes of the meeting so that she can follow up. This frustrates her as she would like to be more active during these calls like everyone else.

A lady in a deep red jumper with a broad smile

Alison

36 years old and she was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia which makes her experience short-term memory loss. She is working for a large company and usually prefers working from home as in the office she is frequently interrupted by her colleagues, and this frustrates her as she struggles to focus on what she was doing.

A young person with wavy hair and a beard wearing a denim shirt smiling to camera

Stefan

23 years old and just started his first job at Atos. Stefan is visually impaired, and he has found himself working from home because of the COVID-19 current situation. He found networking and onboarding quite challenging, especially finding information with some many tools like sites, newsletter, Circuit, SharePoint sites, and some Digital Now apps.

A young lady in a denim jacket and grey hoodie she has long red hair and glasses

Amy

32 years old and loves computer science and programs in several languages. She has discovered she can visualize the outcome of her coding and is quick to find any errors even if they have not been highlighted. Documentation writing is less fun and she tends to be rather too concise which means some users do not receive enough help using her applications.

What challenges they face daily?

John is on a meeting with a customer to talk about Cybersecurity and compliance. After the meeting, he tries to find someone with expertise in this area to understand better the customer needs and provide the most appropriate solution. However, finding who the most appropriate person in Atos to talk is time-consuming this is compounded by the fact that navigating systems using a keyboard to compensate for his broken arm is far more difficult than he expected.

Alison regularly needs to participate in online, and her short memory loss poses extra challenges.

  • Will it take a few steps to complete an action?
  • Will it be easy and intuitive to do something and return to the call?
  • Will transcription be supported to better follow on the ongoing discussion?

In a digital world dominated by text content, typing can be quite challenging for many people. This can be helped with the use of Text-to-Speech tools. But many users wonder if they can retain their productivity level when creating documents, preparing presentations or even texting other via collaborations platforms like Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts, Slack, Facebook Messenger, Circuit, etc.

A worker with disabilities like visual impairment or hearing loss is during his shift at his workplace when the fire alarm goes off. The person gets frustrated as he must rely on his coworkers to assist him to escape the risky situation.

Evaluation criteria & Jury

Applicability – 10 points

As in the concept’s applicability to the theme and it’s usefulness for different accessibility needs and scenarios

Innovation – 10 points

As in the concept’s novelty in the given environment. For example, it might not be a new concept in technology, but it might be an entirely new application of an existing concept that makes it novel.

Potential impact – 10 points

As in the concept’s impact on all levels. From single-person with disability impact to wider groups and involved parties serving the audience.

Neil Milliken 

Global Head of Accessibility at Atos

Guy Lidbetter

Chief Technology Officer for Infrastructure & Data Management at Atos
Luiz Domingos​

Luiz Domingos

Chief Technology Officer for UCC, Senior Vice President - Head of UCC Product House​
Carrie Chow​

Carrie Chow

Marketing & Communication Manager Switzerland
Celestino Güemes Seoane​​

Celestino Güemes Seoane

Head of Technology and Innovation, Atos Worldgrid Spain​

Who will be helping us hack?

Kevyn Eva Norton

UX Researcher, Digital Transformation Consultant & Co-Creator of the Game for teens Shadow's EdgeT

Claire Unwin

Digital Innovation at Atos

Lisa Seeman

COGA Task Force Facilitator at the W3C, Co-founder at Athena ICT

Mark Wilcock

Accessibility & Digital Inclusion Specialist at Atos

Craig Collison

Accessibility Programme Lead for Consultancy

Stefanie Terkers

Techlab Lead & Event Manager at Atos

Huib de Bats

ICT Projectmanager , in role of Technology Lab Lead AMV, Holland

Ian Johnson

Innovation and UX lead at Atos Switzerland

Countdown to Pitching

21 May

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