#HackAccessSligo is about leveraging the power of startup energy and innovation to help make the North West more inclusive to people with disabilities.  Creating a more diverse and open city is beneficial to everyone; not just those considered different to the mainstream.


Founded by Janice Valentine, as part of Great Life Distillery's focus on social impact. This year HackAccess will happen for students for the first time ever and is being organised by Darren Rooney and Shane Gilligan. Hosted by IT Sligo and open to all students and graduates. It will have the added benefit of a meet and greet period with potential employers.

What is a Hackathon?

A hackathon brings people with various skills and interests together with the intention of finding innovative solutions to challenges provided, normally by an external party. The process participants go through is extremely collaborative and creative and this creates a highly energetic and uplifting environment with all participants committed to making an impact on the challenges provided.   


The goal of #HackAccessSligo is not only to use the electricity of North West's startup community and Students to solve accessibility challenges in your area but to inspire and empower people with and without 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.


Get your tickets to keep up to date with the latest announcements about the event. 

Founder of the HackAccess Movement

Janice Valentine

Founder at Great Life Distillery.

Founder of Hack Access Dublin.

Great Life Distillery - Kingstown College