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Your chance to "hack" an accessible future

Northampton, MA –News Direct– Lenovo

Lenovo, AppliedAIstudio and the Scott-Morgan Foundation will host a ‘hackathon’ event to transform AI, health monitoring, mobility robotics and communication technologies to empower people with disabilities

Technological innovation may be the only path to a truly inclusive future, a future where every person is empowered to thrive and participate in society. That was the vision of famed robotics scientist and famed “human cyborg” Dr. Peter Scott-Morgan, who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (also known as ALS) in 2017 and died suddenly in June 2022.

To reinvent the future and push the boundaries of accessible technology, global technology leader Lenovo and human-centered AI leader AppliedAIstudio have partnered with the Scott-Morgan Foundation to launch the . The event will run from September 27 to October 1 and is open to students, professionals, retirees, those unable to work due to a disability, and anyone with ambition and imagination. Participants can join remotely or in person at Lenovo’s offices in Morrisville, NC. Teams must complete their registration by September 20, 2022. Learn more about the event and register.

Teams of five people will develop innovative assistive technology that could radically transform the lives of people with extreme disabilities. After being judged by a panel of technologists, programmers, and engineers, winners will be selected to receive prizes provided by Lenovo, including state-of-the-art devices and accessories. (Exact prizes and contest rules will be announced soon.)

“Innovation can come from anywhere, and I’m confident this Buildathon will produce fantastic results – the kind of bold breakthroughs that Peter would have found both exciting and essential,” said Andrew Morgan, CEO of the Foundation. Scott Morgan. “I am deeply moved by this initiative and grateful to Lenovo and AppliedAIstudio for lending their considerable expertise, talent and passion to this urgent cause.”

The inaugural event will be held in memory of Peter Scott-Morgan, who embraced technology to extend his life without compromising on joy, communication or pioneering research. Peter remained passionate, driven, and incurably optimistic in his final moments; the Scott-Morgan Foundation continues this spirit in its mission to rewrite the future of disability.

During the buildathon, the teams will mainly focus on four categories:

  • Artificial intelligence for an integrated smart home, increase safety, comfort and independence

  • Artificial intelligence for health monitoring and support outside the home

  • Mobility robotics to increase freedom of movement, leveraging AI and related autonomous technologies

  • Alternative communication methods to empower people with extreme disabilities

“This is a fantastic opportunity to have a transformational impact on the world and develop new technologies in service of a great cause,” said John Trapasso, chief product officer for Lenovo and COO of the Scott-Morgan Foundation. “I’m excited to see what brilliant solutions attendees come up with and honored to play a part in delivering smarter technology for all.”

The event builds on Lenovo’s commitment to accessibility and inclusion, from launching a Product Diversity Office to global initiatives such as Work for Humankind and Kind City.

Logan Wilt, COO and co-founder of AppliedAIstudio, added, “What better way to innovate and push artificial intelligence to its limits? I know Peter loved this initiative and I am confident that the results will have lasting effects on extreme disabilities and beyond.

Learn more about the event and register here.

As Peter Scott-Morgan once said of the power and promise of technology: “But each of us can also choose to rise like a phoenix. And thrive – whoever we are, whatever our background, whatever our circumstances, whatever our ambitions, we can leave our footprints on everyone’s future.

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