Hack for For Accessible Beauty Workshops

Keynote: "All The Light we Cannot See" with Aria Mia Loberti

Hackathon Overview

Voice Driven Development - "Who Needs a Keyboard Anyway" with Emily Shea

Panel Discussion - "The Largest Minority in the World" with Jennison Asuncion & Laura Allen

"Inclusive Tech" with Chris Aidan

"How to Pitch Workshop" presented by Aury Cifuentes at Plug and Play


Registration Opens

Friday, January 13th

Opening Event

Saturday, February 4th

Long Island City, NY & Bucharest, Romania Digital Technology Centers

Submission Period

Saturday, February 4th - Monday, March 20th 5 PM EDT

Winners Announced/ Closing Event

Wednesday, April 19th


1.3 billion people, or 16% of the world's population, experience some form of disability, whether it be vision, mobility, auditory or neurological related.

Those living with these different abilities face many challenges when shopping for and using beauty products, due to the general lack of accessibility in the beauty industry since its beginning.

That’s why this year, The Estée Lauder Companies Hackathon, Hack4A11y, is focused on ideating and developing accessible and inclusive solutions for the challenges that people with disabilities face in their beauty experience every day.

Accessibility is about creating solutions that empower everyone to partake in what the world has to offer.

One of the important current trends in technology is user experience (UX), which focuses on improving technology’s effectiveness and ease of use for consumers. Today, technology accessibility is fundamental for ensuring a positive user experience for all people. What will you develop to create a more inclusive and accessible beauty experience for all?

This year, in addition to the traditional hackathon, Hack4A11y will offer an Ideathon, which allows teams to submit no-code, idea-based projects that demonstrate design thinking and innovation.

Why Participate?

  • Expand your network of peers and industry professionals.
  • Use your technical and problem-solving skills, while having fun and winning prizes.
  • Expand your portfolio and create a real projects that build your resume.
  • Join a global community looking to make beauty technology accessible for everyone.
  • Help us create a more accessible future for your community and around the world.


Check out our Careers page ahead of time!

Past Event highlights

2020 Event Recap

Challenge: Develop a technology solution that promotes and/or enhances the fight against breast cancer.

2021 Hackathon Winners

Challenge: Develop an accessible and inclusive technology solution to help tackle challenges that people with disabilities face on a daily basis.

Competition Details


Please have any tools or software needed to be successful (e.g., to plan, design, develop, present) already installed. Slack will be used as a means of communication prior to and throughout the event.


All participants must:

  • Be inclusive. We welcome and support people of all backgrounds and identities. This includes but is not limited to members of any sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, social and economic class, educational level, color, immigration status, sex, age, size, family status, political belief, religion, and mental and physical ability.
  • Be considerate. We all depend on each other to produce the best work we can as a team.
  • Have the integrity and authenticity of participant work; this is something that we take seriously and check using a variety of technologies Copying the work of others, allowing others to knowingly copy a participant's work, and/or misusing content from the Internet could result in removal from the Hackathon.
  • Understand that ELC reserves all the rights to remove any participant from the Hackathon at any point without any prior notice if found violating Hackathon rules.
  • Be respectful while asking queries and questions to the mentors and speakers.