Hack Access Organising Team

Award winning designer, entrepreneur and coffee addict.  Hands-on experimenter in product design with a passion for creating accessible products. User experience is central to everything I do and I care deeply about creating innovative, useful and beautiful products that help people and make a difference.

COO Umbrella Product Design

Nora Costello

Passionate about creating an inclusive society where education, skills, development and employment is accessible to all.

Excited to be involved in collaborative research and projects with real social impact and purpose. An award-winning behaviour analyst in the areas of research and innovation internationally. Striving for disability equality.

Assistive Technology Officer - IT Sligo

Shelly Brady

Accessibility and Equality Consultant with an overwhelming belief that with the right set of minds and circumstances that anything is possible.  

I founded Adaptable Solutions with this belief in mind. As an accessibility consultant I have an obvious passion for inclusion and this holds true whether delivering training or public speaking. Being involved with the #HackAccess movement has been it's own reward, meeting like minded people striving for equality in such a proactive way.


Founder Adaptable Solutions

Katie Bourke

I believe that design is a craft; it is as much an art as it is a science. It's something to take pride in, to be passionate about, to enjoy. I have worked in many areas of design from mechanical through to UX design. With Umbrella Product design I aim to bring that knowledge to solve issues in accessibility.

CEO Umbrella Product Design

Darren Rooney

Creative from west Clare with a love for Product, CX, UX and UI  design. My skills include Photoshop, Illustrator, XD,  InDesign, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Axure, Solidworks, Keyshot and Dreamweaver. My hobbies include Music Production, DJ'ing and cooking. Recent success includes reaching the shortlist for LG / Designboom competition in which 3000 people entered.  

Designer/Developer for PerSav. A personal SatNav phone application for the mobility impaired, enabling them to navigate safely.

Designer - Clare Echo Newspaper

Shane Gilligan

Professional writer and presenter with a passion for people and working with businesses and organisations who are trying to make a positive impact in the world. I write and fight for what is right and my speciality is capturing the essence of a person or business through words and connecting it with their audience. Having worked as a print and broadcast journalist, I have a strong background in research, writing, presenting and editing as well as excellent communication skills and the ability to work to a tight deadline delivering high-quality results on time. I am extremely passionate about effective communication and I have a wealth of experience when it comes to communicating with a specific target market across an array of different platforms. Some examples of this include online content for businesses or personal websites, about sections, captions, speeches, social media updates, articles, blog posts, information guides, prospectuses and brochures. I spend my time connecting worlds through words.

Founder Higher Communications

Mairéad Collins

Hack Access Community Team

National Learning Network

FutureLearn MOOC, course led by University of  Southhampton

Business Service Development Partner - NLN

Kieran Hanrahan

Medtronic, Institute of Technology Sligo

Designer of Products & Graphics

Self Employed - Medtronic

Sinéad Daly