Enabled by Design-athon Comes to Sydney on 25-26 July 2014

Register for tickets on the Sydney Enabled by Design-athon website »

Following successful events in London (2012) and Washington DC (2013), we’re taking the Enabled by Design-athon to Sydney, Australia, on 25 and 26 July 2014.

In partnership with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, the University of Technology SydneyEnabled by Design and FutureGov, the Enabled by Design-athon is a two day ideas-and-prototyping-fest to transform the lives of people with a disability and older people.

Bringing together designers, technologists, engineers, UTS students, people with a disability and health and social care professionals in a fun and action-packed two days, you’ll hear from leading industry practitioners including Cain Beckett (PWC), Vanessa Wolfe Coote (S&C), Steven Pozel (Object: Australian Design Centre), Marc Irlandez (Life Labs), Dominic Campbell (FutureGov) and Denise Stephens (Enabled by Design).

Enabled by Design-athon Washington DC 2013 - teams working on projects

You’ll then join a team to prototype a new product or technology that is more accessible, attractive and easier for everyone to use. We’ll be using modern manufacturing software and tools including 3D printers, as well as rough and ready prototyping with card, foam and anything else available.

Want to find out more about what to expect? Read about our 6 Design-For-All Lessons Learned at the Enabled by Design-athon or watch the “Enabled by Design-athon: The Movie” below.

Enabled by #Designathon from IDEO on Vimeo.

The Design-athons are creating a movement for accessibility for the masses – to create mainstream products and technologies that work for as many people as possible, including those with disabilities and older people. The events challenge people’s preconceptions of assistive equipment and technologies, showing how products can be personalised, purposeful and beautifully designed too.

Interested in coming along? We’re looking for people from the following fields to join us at the Enabled by Design-athon Sydney:

  • People with a disability
  • Industry practitioners, including design, technology, engineering, media / communications, business and marketing
  • Allied health practitioners and health and social care professionals
  • UTS students studying: Industrial Design / Integrated Product Design, Visual Communication Design, IT, Engineering, Business / Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Communications or Innovation. Priority will be given to 3rd and 4th year students.

Attendance at the Enabled by Design-athon Sydney is free but places are limited, so register for tickets over on the Enabled by Design-athon website now and join the conversation using the hashtag #designau14.

Enabled by Design-athon Sydney is kindly sponsored by the Department of Family and Community Services and supported by S&C, 3D Printing Studios and sugru.

Don’t forget to register for tickets over on the Enabled by Design-athon website.