Enabled by Design brings you the Enabled by Design-athon, a two day ideas and product prototyping-fest for the 21st Century.
Bringing together designers, hackers and manufacturers with the Enabled by Design community of assistive product aficionados, the Design-athon will not only hear from leading makers and hackers, but actually prototype new products that are more accessible, attractive and easier to use. Products that people (whatever their background) can have a hand in creating, tailored to their needs.
Speakers at the event will include Tom Hulme, Design Director IDEO and Founder OpenIDEO, and James Carrigan, Co-Founder sugru and chief sugru guru, among others, so watch this space for more details...
In this two day event, teams will design and build prototypes that demonstrate how products can rapidly be designed and built with people for people, personalising products to better fit with people's lives and their needs. We’re creating a movement for accessibility for the masses so that mainstream products work for as many people as possible, including those with disabilities and older people. The event will challenge people’s preconceptions of assistive equipment, showing how products can be personalised, purposeful and beautifully designed too.
During the event, we'll be using modern manufacturing software and tools such as CNC machines, 3D printers and laser cutters as well as rough and ready prototyping with card, foam, scissors, and of course, sugru.
We’ve brought together an amazing team of partners: IDEO, the Technology Strategy Board, sugru, Ravensbourne and FutureGov to support this event and help us to explore the potential opportunities that new tools, materials and design processes might provide.
Whether you're a designer, modeller, have an idea or itch that you want to scratch or someone with a background in health and social care, and you're interested in making amazing stuff, then we want to hear from you. We'll be publishing more information this week on how to get involved and what we're doing in preparation for the Design-athon.
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Event speakers to also include Rob Philips (Product Designer), Robin Wilson (Lead Technologist, Technology Strategy Board) and Denise Stephens (Founder, Enabled by Design).
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Enabled by Design-athon Agenda (subject to change)
Day One – Friday 2nd November 2012
9.30 am Tea / Coffee & registration
10.00 am Welcome & introduction
10.05 am Denise Stephens (AKA @enabledby), Founder of Enabled by Design
10.20 am James Carrigan (from @sugru), Co-founder of sugru & Fixperts including activity
10.40 am Tom Hulme (AKA @thulme), Design Director IDEO & Founder OpenIDEO
10.55 am Usability activity
11.10 am Robin Wilson (from @innovate_UK), Lead Technologist, High Value Manufacturing,Technology Strategy Board
11.25 am Rob Phillips (AKA @rob_dphillips), Product Designer & PhD candidate in open design and application at Brunel University
11.40 am Enabled by Design-athon Video
11.50 am Break in programme
12.00 pm Enabled by Design-athon – details to be revealed on the day
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Enabled by Design-athon cont’d - details to be revealed on the day
5.00 pm Close of event with opportunity to stay & continue with projects until 10.30 pm
Day Two – Saturday 3rd November 2012
9.00 am onwards Tea / Coffee with teams continuing work on projects
12.30 pm Lunch
1.30 pm Show & Tell session
3.30 pm Judging panel to discuss & choose favourite projects / Tea & Coffee
3.45 pm Favourite projects announced & sum up
4.00 pm Close (followed by drinks at nearby venue)
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Enabled by Design
Enabled by Design is a social business and community of people passionate about design for all. We believe that good design can support people to live as independently as possible by helping to make day-to-day tasks that little bit easier.