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Assistive technology hack your chance to make a real impact on people’s lives

19 February 2016

Essex residents with an innovative spirit are being invited to a ‘hack’ to explore answers to the question ‘How do we use technology to live better lives?’

Essex County Council wants to bring together a range of people who are proactive in looking for new and practical ways to solve problems. Any type of technology can be considered although the emphasis will be on how it can help people with disabilities or impairments to communicate, learn and live independently.

Hacks or Hackathons are a collaborative way to solve problems – starting with a question and collectively developing answers. The assistive technology hack has three distinct phases – understanding the issues, developing ideas and pitching solutions.

This free event is open to everyone, including residents who receive a care package, their relatives, technology experts, carers or those with an interest in the subject.

Cllr Dick Madden, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults and Children, said: “This isn’t a traditional engagement exercise or workshop – over 24 hours, it’s a chance to make a real impact on people’s lives, so do get involved.

“Technology is more than ever part of our everyday lives. We want to use technology to solve problems – and the hack allows people to imagine how technology can help people live independently in their homes for longer.”

The assistive technology hack runs from 4.45pm - 10pm on Tuesday, 8 March and on Wednesday, 9 March from 8.30am - 5pm in Threadneedle House on Market Road, Chelmsford. To book a free place, please click here.

While the Council isn’t asking you to sleep over, in other hacks people have been so inspired they have taken their ideas home with them to continue developing them – and so this will run for 24 hours.

For more information about the hack please contact To find out more about support available in the home visit Living Well Essex.

Residents can also follow the campaign on Twitter - @hackessex – or on Facebook.