Hackcess Hackathon: Helping Disabled People Live More Independent Lives

Hackcess is a Hackathon focused on using 3D Printing, digital fabrication and maker technologies help disabled people live more independent lives, improving accessibility through technology.

We’re looking for 3D designers, product specialists, makers, coders, idea people, engineers and inventors to join the event on the 21st and 22nd November.

It’s a two day event hosted in partnership with Fab Lab London, Autodesk, Ultimaker, Goldsmith University and Whizz-Kidz. We’ll have a heap of technology for all you designers, makers, coders and product people to use to design new and exciting assistive technologies during the hackathon.

We’ll provide all the food, drink, electricity, WiFi, 3D printers, digital fabrication equipment and traditional tools (that’s drills, hammers, wood and stuff like that) so that you can get on with the real work – changing lives.

The event is open to makers and inventors of all ages including children. Young makers should be at least 18 years to attend unless accompanied with a parent/carer.

It will be a real opportunity to make change for good.



Images from a recent Hackathon at Fab Lab London – focused on tech for good with Intel


Hackcess is taking place in Goldsmiths University 19th Century converted church – St James, Hatcham. At the end of St James Rd, New Cross SE14 6AD

Schedule for the two days

This is our running agenda for the two days, there might be a little change here and there, but it’s looking like a jam packed weekend!

Saturday 21st

09.00: Registration and Breakfast
10.00: Introduction
10.45: Teamless participant matching & Assign Mentor.
11.10: Autodesk Workshop
11.30: 3D Printing Workshop and getting first prints going.
12.30: Lunch
15.00: Mini breakout workshops
18.00: Dinner
21.00: Participants must of left by this point.
22.00: Building Closes

Sunday 22nd

1000: Welcome Back and Brunch
1300: Lunch
1615: Presentations and demo’s
1645: Closing Remarks and prizes
1700: Time to head home

Register to participate

Please pick just one ticket type 🙂

Ticket registration is done on the basis you will attend. We have a limited number of places, if for any reason you are not able to attend please cancel your ticket so others may attend.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Public Transport – The closest station is New Cross Gate
Driving – There is no parking avalible at the university, please find parking in New Cross

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Email hello@fablablondon.org

Can I attend if am 16 or 17 years of age?
Yes, but you will only be permitted to attend the Hackathon if your parents/guardians have completed the parental consent form. Print and complete this form, please ask a parent/guardian to sign this. Remember to bring it with you on the day.

Can I attend alone if I am under the age of 16?
No, we require your parent or guardian to be with you during your time at the Hackathon.

Will I need to bring my own laptop to design or code
Yes, we won’t have any laptops available for personal use during the hackathon, so please bring your own.

What materials will be available for 3D printing?
We’ll have a range of different coloured PLA for the Hackathon – ranging from 1.75mm and 2.85mm reels of PLA. We will have flexible materials, translucent and solid colours.

Will there be lots of tech hardware for me to use?
We will have a limited supply of Arduino kit that can be used for rapid prototyping which participants are free to use. The kit will be loaned out and we’ll expect it back at the end of the two days of hacking. Proof of ID will be required before we give any kit out.

Can I bring my own Arduino, Raspberry Pi or other tech to the hackathon?
Yes, please feel free to bring all your own hardware old motors, electronic kit, whatever you think might help. Remember, we won’t be responsible for looking after it, but we’d be delighted if you can help

I’m in a wheelchair, can I attend?
Yes, the venue is fully wheelchair accessible and we’ll have a number of participants from Whizz-Kidz – so please do attend and take part.


Fab Lab
Fab Lab London – The City of London’s first digital fabrication laboratory located in the heart of the City.
Hacksmiths – Hacksmiths is Goldsmiths University’s Hacking Society. We’ve been organising weekly talks & events since 2014.
Autodesk – a world leader in 3D design software for entertainment, natural resources, manufacturing, engineering, construction and civil infrastructure.
Goldsmiths – A constituent college of the University of London specialising in the study of creative, cultural and social subjects. Degree programmes, student life and departmental research.
Whizz-Kidz transform the lives of young disabled people by providing the equipment, support and life skills they need, when they need them – giving them the chance to develop their full potential.
Ultimaker – Created through open-source collaboration, Ultimaker’s premium 3D printers are highly reliable and enjoyed by professional makers all over the world.
Remap – Remap is a national charity working through local groups of skilled volunteers to help disabled people achieve independence and a better quality of life.


Event details
21/11/15 - 22/11/15
9:00 am-5:00 pm
  Event type

Event location
Fab Lab London, 1 Frederick's Place, Off Old Jewry EC2R 8AE

One thought on “Hackcess Hackathon: Helping Disabled People Live More Independent Lives

  • Can’t wait for this event!!! It’s going to be great to see some real products coming out of an event like this.

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