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Microsoft Bing Fund to target autism at weekend hackathon

bingfundMicrosoft’s Bing Fund startup incubator is holding a hackathon this weekend in Seattle — bringing collectively builders, designers and different specialists to deal with an issue that hits shut to dwelling for many individuals in expertise: autism.

Autism has been discovered to be more prevalent among people and families within the expertise business. The plan for the hackathon grew partially out of the organizers’ personal publicity to autism in their very own social circles, stated Rahul Sood, who oversees the Bing Fund and is basic supervisor of Microsoft’s World Startups Group.

Sood defined through e-mail, “As we batted the thought of internet hosting a hackathon, it bought us pondering – if we’re going ask a few of prime engineering expertise to come collectively over a weekend to hack, let’s make it significant. Not a hackathon for the sake of hacking, which is enjoyable too, however truly provide you with tangible outcomes that may assist make a distinction.”

For the document, they are saying, the prototypes don’t want to be constructed on Microsoft applied sciences.

One space the place expertise may assistance is within the analysis of autism, stated Microsoft’s Aya Zook, pointing to statistics exhibiting that as many as 1 in 88 children have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

“Prognosis sometimes takes up to a 12 months in kids,” Zook stated. “That’s a 12 months of not understanding precisely what’s unsuitable, a 12 months of frustration and aggravation for the child and the household. Information like this validates a necessity for hacks that may hopefully get us there sooner and elevate the dialogue.”

Microsoft is partnering on the hackathon with the UW Autism Center, TwilioSeattle Children’s HospitalSeattle Autism GuildTeachTownAutism Speaks, and the MIT Media Lab.

The hackathon begins at 6 p.m. Friday and concludes Sunday night at the SURF Incubator in Seattle. Details are available here. At this level they’re particularly on the lookout for extra designers to be a part of the occasion.

That is anticipated to be the primary in a sequence of hackathons targeted on autism, with the subsequent tentatively deliberate for Boston.

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