‘This Is The Largest Deaf-inclusive Startup Weekend In The World’

Global Startup Weekend returns to D.C. on Nov. 10 to help attendees create a startup in 52 hours. This edition also includes a special focus on making sure deaf participants have a seat at the table.

Last year we covered how Global Startup Weekend became a bilingual affairwith 22 percent of their participants being deaf after organizers worked with D.C. government and Gallaudet University to sponsor interpreters. Organizer Steven Rodriguez told us the team behind the event is bringing back the program this weekend. They’re on track to include more deaf participants.

“We will have 27 [deaf] attendants, an increase from 15 last year,” Rodriguez said via email earlier this week. Last year, the group’s sponsors donated to fund then sign language interpreters, who helped deaf and hearing participants work together and develop startup ideas throughout the weekend. Rodriguez told us they have organized interpreters this year as well.


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