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Dublin, February 24, 2020: Hack Access Dublin gathers members of Dublin’s start-up community to tackle accessibility challenges to achieve a vision of an inclusive world.  The goal of Hack Access Dublin is to use participants, mentors, judges and volunteers from Dublin’s start-up community to solve accessibility challenges as well as inspiring and empowering people with disabilities to view the various accessibility challenges they face as entrepreneurial opportunities.

The Hackathon was held over a weekend and focused on innovation in accessibility across Dublin city, sharing ideas in a free to use, no rights environment, and working collaboratively to deliver solutions for Dublin Airport, Dublin City Council and Hack Access. The event, was sponsored by partners Dublin Airport, Dublin City Council, Google, Travelport, IAA, Silicon Republic, IATA and the Irish Social Enterprise Network.

During the weekend, six teams focused on solutions to accessibility challenges in the city. Two OpenJaw teams entered, winning in the ‘Accessible Environment’ and ‘Accessible City’ categories.

Team 3s Challenge was called ‘Reach Out’, addressing ‘how might we improve wayfinding at the airport to ensure people of diverse abilities can enjoy their time travelling through the airport without stress or anxiety navigating around the airport?

Team 3

Team 5s Challenge was ‘City Challenge’, addressing ‘how might we identify any required improvements in the physical environment adjacent to the on-street disabled parking spaces, and capture the changes based on user experience?

Team 5

Team 3, led by Paul Byrne, Vice President, Business Development, OpenJaw, pitched a solution called ‘Reach Out’ for travellers with disabilities, reaching out in advance of their travel in order to determine what type(s) and if they need a particular type of assistance in order to make their travel journey easier. The team suggested an automated chatbot that asks passengers assistance-related questions that are then updated to OCS systems to provide passengers with a seamless experienceTeam 5, led by Nikola Nevin, Technical Lead – UI Engineer, OpenJaw pitched a solution called ‘Give Me Space’ The idea to put RFID tag in the blue wheelchair badges and readers on the car parking spaces around Dublin City, so that available spaces could be shared on an app, and to highlight violators to the authorities.

Team 5 started their presentation with a powerful statistic – “currently, only 1% of total spaces in Dublin are required to be set aside for disabled parking”

About OpenJaw Technologies
OpenJaw Technologies is reimagining the future of travel retailing with new platforms, new products and new partnerships. OpenJaw customers include the world’s biggest travel brands: All Nippon Airways (ANA), British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Hainan Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, Comair, Iberia, Aeroplan, Loyalty One, Asia Miles,, Shenzhen Airlines, Four Seasons, Avis, Color Line, Tibet Airlines, China United Airlines and Hong Kong Airlines.

OpenJaw has three platforms designed to create and capture value right across the new customer journey: OpenJaw t-Retail, OpenJaw t-Data and OpenJaw t-Social, creating a unified platform ecosystem:

  • OpenJaw t-Retail is the most powerful retailing platform in online travel. t-Retail delivers dynamic bundling of flights, seats, bags, hotels, car hire, lounge, attractions, insurance and transfers to create an unlimited combination of offers – presented seamlessly across all distribution channels
  • OpenJaw t-Data is a Big Data platform that delivers end-to-end personalised retailing, on demand and in the cloud, and empowers travel retailers to successfully create individualised experiences for customers wherever and whenever they engage
  • OpenJaw t-Social fuses social messaging platforms such as Facebook Messenger & WeChat with artificial intelligence (AI) to automate customer servicing at scale, capture additional revenue and reduce costs.

OpenJaw is a subsidiary of TravelSky Technology Limited, the dominant provider of information technology solutions for China’s aviation and travel industry. OpenJaw has its headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, with offices in Galway (Ireland), Madrid (Spain), Kraków (Poland), Hong Kong and Dalian (Greater China).

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Contact: Colin Lewis, Chief Marketing Officer,

About Hack Access Dublin

Cities are where people come to make their mark on the world. Melting pots of cultures and hubs of creativity. They give us many opportunities for work, play and cultural stimulation. But because of their differences in ability to some people cities can be warrens of hazzards with insurmountable barriers to places of work, play, creativity and inspiration.  This inaccessibility creates many lost opportunities and excludes many people. We formed Hack Access Dublin because we wanted to change this paradigm of inequality based on ability.

Our vision was and is to create a more equal world that includes people who are labelled disabled by the environment through the positivity, proactive and innovative power of startup communities around the world.

Our first hackathon was in November 2016. In three years Hack Access Dublin has gathered over 100 members of Dublin’s startup community to tackle accessibility challenges, which exclude persons with a disability from the city. Our focus in recruiting participants, mentors, judges and volunteers has been and continues to be on expertise and diversity in terms of skills, gender, ethnicity, age and ability.

Our third hackathon year brought us a step closer to achieving our vision of an inclusive world.  A lot has been done. But we know that there’s a lot more to do and we hope that with the continued support of our sponsors and partners, we will be empowered to achieve our goals with the help of startup communities in Ireland and beyond.


The goal of #HackAccessDublin is not only to use the electricity of Dublin’s startup community to solve accessibility challenges in Dublin but to inspire and empower people with and with disabilities to view the various accessibility challenges they face as entrepreneurial opportunities.

We are delighted to bring together inspirers who will share their story in the hope it may encourage others to hack the obstacles in their way. 

To register your interest and keep up to date with the latest announcements about the event Please join our Meetup Group.

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