It took hours and hours of coding and planning, but “Hackcessible” is the winner of the latest “Hack the Commute” competition.
Hackcessible is an app for those with mobility issues. It displays potential disruptions like closed sidewalks, steep hills, and ramp accessibility. Hackcessible helps plan walking trips for people who have some challenges getting around.
The winning team of Allie DeFord, Nicholas Bolten, Reagan Middlebrook, and Veronika Sipeeva take home Kindle tablets, cloud computing credit for Azure, course credit from General Assembly, and a 6-month membership at Impact Hub Seattle. They say they plan to keep developing Hackcessible and other projects in the future.
The team worked with mentors from Seattle’s Department of Transportation and the University of Washington as they developed their project. Special thanks go to Dr. Anat Caspi of the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology and Dr. Alan Borning for their help.