Enabled by Design-athon goes stateside

After a summer of talks and planning, we’re proud to announce that the Enabled by Design-athon will be going on […]

After a summer of talks and planning, we’re proud to announce that the Enabled by Design-athon will be going on tour this November to Washington, D.C!

In partnership with Enabled by Design and FutureGov, United Cerebral Palsy’s Life Labs brings you the second annual Enabled by Design-athon: DC Edition 2013, a two day ideas and product prototyping-fest for the 21st Century.

Bringing together designers, makers, researchers and engineers with the Enabled by Design community of assistive product aficionados and beyond, 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.

Interested in getting involved? Register for tickets over on the Enabled by Design-athon website here.

In this two day event taking place on 8 – 9 November 2013, 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.

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 whatever other materials we can get our hands on.

We’ve brought together an amazing team of partners: United Cerebral Palsy’s Life Labs, Enabled by Design and FutureGov with more still to be confirmed, 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 on this exciting event, as well as what we’re doing in preparation for the Design-athon: DC Edition 2013 shortly.

Speakers at the event will include Denise Stephens, Founder of Enabled by Design and Dominic Campbell, Founder and Director of FutureGov, among others, so watch this space for more details…

Want to find out more about what to expect? Photos from last year’s event can be viewed here.

Don’t forget to register over on the Enabled by Design-athon website to get involved!

Team EbD