RLSB are inviting the brilliant development and design minds of London to take on the challenge to innovate and use tech for good to improve dating and employment for vision impaired young Londoners.

RLSB are inviting the brilliant development and design minds of London to take on the challenge to improve the lives of blind young people by using tech for good; with a particular focus on improving their opportunities for finding employment and making dating more accessible.

Hackathon challenge statements

Dating

“Many vision impaired people fail to develop a positive nurturing relationship.”

The challenge: Investigate how technology might be used to increase social interaction between blind young people as well as their sighted peers.

Current challenges / barriers

Dating apps are not accessible

Dating and dating apps are often very visual and based in appearance.

On dates blind young people can often end up relying on their date to read menus etc., this is often difficult for both parties in terms of the social interactions between the two.

Blind young people are often isolated, lacking in confidence and do not leave their house. This means that they do not have the opportunity to meet people incidentally and often do not feel confident about even trying.

 

Employment

“Nine out of 10 people who lose their sight in youth will not work for more than six months in their lives.”

The challenge: Investigate how technology might be used to break down the barriers to employment for blind young people.

Current challenges / barriers

Amongst blind young people there is lack of understanding of how their skills transfer into job specifications.

Sometimes blind young people have not had the opportunity to develop the soft skills that support successful employment such as:

  • Using initiative
  • Self organisation
  • Being able to communicate
  • Interpersonal skills

 

Blind young people cannot glance at the clock; they lack a frame of reference for time passing. Time keeping – no consistent time awareness. (An example of ine tech solution to this is Bradley Timepiece - Braille Watch - https://www.eone-time.com/our-story/who-we-are/)

Task management is so often visual, with lists and post it notes etc., blind young people are not able to access this. 

Problem solving is so often visual, which means that blind young people are excluded from these tools.

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Prizes

Further Investigation

As a not for profit we are open to taking forward more than one idea. In the last session on Sunday we will collectively be discussing each idea’s potential. Following this we will make decisions on how to move them forwards to bring about social good.

Eligibility

Individuals (over 18 years in age); Teams; Organizations (up to 100 employees)

Requirements

Participants will be investigating how tech could improve employment and dating for blind young people, deliverables can include prototypes, wireframes, images, videos etc. 

Judges

Katherine Payne

Katherine Payne
RLSB

Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson
RLSB

Judging Criteria

  • Collective interest and potential for social good
    As a not for profit we are open to taking forward more than one idea. In the last session on Sunday we will collectively be discussing each idea’s potential. Following this we will make decisions on how to move them forwards to bring about social good.