The Ability Hacks: Microsoft employees hack to make tech more accessible

The Ability Hacks shares the “behind-the-scenes” stories of the Ability EyeGaze Hack team and the Learning Tools Hack team


This week at the Microsoft One Week Hackathon, we will witness employees from around the company work together to “hack” solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. It has never been more important for us to help empower people through technology, including people with disabilities. It’s been incredible seeing the passion our employees bring together in creating Ability Hacks every year.

Today, we’re excited to reveal “The Ability Hacks,” our behind-the-scenes stories of two hackathon teams who pioneered two innovative hacks-turned-solutions used today by people with disabilities around the world – the Ability EyeGaze Hack team and Learning Tools Hack team.

We hope this book, and these journeys these teams have been on, can help spark a conversation about the transformative power of technology, and encourage engineers and developers to build the next wave of inclusive technology.

To learn more about The Ability Hacks and to get a glimpse of highlights from the book, check out the Microsoft on the Issues blog by Chief Accessibility Officer Jenny Lay-Flurrie. “The Ability Hacks” is also available in PDF and EPUB.