Frequently Asked Questions

Q: The event is 48 hours… can I leave?

A: Yes, you are allowed to leave, and in fact, you will very likely have to leave to complete your project. You may have to source parts. You may have to visit the Vancouver Hack Space to use their tools. You may want to go have a beer. You may even want to sleep. The 48 hours is basically the opening to the closing, but how and where you complete the project in that time is up to you.

Q: When do I have to be there?

A: Everyone should check in for the event opening Friday evening, and be there Sunday at 2 pm for project presentations. How you use your time to complete your project between then is up to you.

Q: Can I form my own team?

A:  We have sent out the “Access Challenges” survey, and you will be able to say if there is one or two people you would prefer to work with.

Q: Can I pick my project?

A: Not really, but kind of. We now have opened up the “Access Teams.” You can choose up to four projects that interest you, and we will consider your preferences as we form the teams. There are no guarantees, but allows us to align your interests and get your creative juices flowing before the event.

Q: Do I have a budget to work with?

A: Yes! Each team will be given a budget of $250 Maker Bucks. You should keep receipts over the weekend, and at the end submit your expenses and be reimbursed for up to that amount. Please use the Expense Form, we will have copies onsite.

Q: Do I have tools to work with?

A: Yes! On site, we will have the Makermobile, which will have hand tools, 3D printers, soldering stations and small electronics to support teams. As well, the Vancouver Hack Space is kindly opening their doors to teams to help with projects, and they have a large assortment of parts and machines, from 3d printers to sewing machines to CNC machines to a laser cutter.

Q: Can I bring my own tools or parts?

A: Yes! If you have a tools or parts that you think will help your team, you are welcome to bring them to the event.

Q: Where can I go to get possible supplies?

A: We will have some parts and supplies on hand. The MakerMobile will also have parts, the Vancouver Hack Space is a fantastic resource for you with tons of parts and is an event partner that is a 5 minute bus ride on the #84. If you need electronics,RP Electronics (right off Gilmore Skytrain station) is open until 5:30 on Saturday. There is also a Home Depot at Gilmore, as well as one right on Terminal Ave and Clark.

Vancouver Hack Space also has a phenomenal shared resource where many people can purchase a variety of different supplies throughout Vancouver.

Q: Will I be fed?

A: Yes! There will be finger foods throughout, and Food Trucks will provide lunch on Saturday and Sunday at the Hangar at Centre for Digital Media.

Q: What are the prizes?

A: The winning team will have the opportunity to showcase their product at the #BCTech Summit March 14 and 15 at the Convention Centre, and will each receive a Raspberry Pi 3 starter kit.

Q: How are the projects judged?

A: The projects will be judged on three factors:

  •  Efficiency – How efficient is the solution in its use of materials.
  •  Accessibility – How easily could the solution be reproduced by others.
  •  Effectiveness – How well does the solution solve the given challenge.

Q: What if we need help?

A: There will be numerous volunteers and mentors throughout the event, including Engineers that have previously built projects for people with disabilities, Assistive Technology Experts, and Occupational Therapists. You’d be wise to leverage their expertise to help you with your project.

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