Machine Learning Accessibility Hackathon was held on Monday, June 11th at Microsoft New England R&D Center in Cambridge. The goal of this hackathon was to create solutions that promote accessibility and inclusion. My team worked on a problem regarding American Sign Language and was led by Danielle Bragg, University of Washington/Microsoft Research, and Dr. Naomi Caselli, Boston University.
The ability to distinguish between facts and opinions is an important skill taught in K-12 education. Exercises used in schools are all in English, which is not the primary language of the Deaf community — American Sign Language (ASL) is. My team ideated a gamified education tool that runs entirely in ASL and won the third prize.