Enabled by Design-athon: the accessible design event signs off from Sydney & heads to Halifax

Inspired by the Enabled by Design-athon; Enabled by Design, sister organisation FutureGov and Calderdale Council are bringing the #HacktheHome event to Halifax […]

Inspired by the Enabled by Design-athon; Enabled by Design, sister organisation FutureGov and Calderdale Council are bringing the #HacktheHome event to Halifax on 17th September.

Following the success of the Enabled by Design-athon to date and interested in what they had heard, Calderdale Council got in touch via Twitter to see how they could get involved. So we’ve been working closely together in recent months, to modify the Enabled by Design-athon format and explore how the council might bring a new and personalised approach to how they support people to live as independently as possible.

We are calling this event Hack the Home (in the making sense that is!); where we’ll be equipping the people of Calderdale with the tools and confidence to start finding quick and personalised approaches to make adaptations to their own homes.

We’ve been lucky enough to also work with local partners, product design consultancy Radius Creative and the University of Leeds’ School of Mechanical Engineering, who will be bringing along a 3D printer and 3D scanner to the event as well as showcasing some of their work and sharing their skills.

Dr Raymond Holt, Lecturer in Product Design at the University of Leeds:
“We’re getting involved because we are passionate about encouraging engineers and designers to use their skills to help others, and the opportunities new technologies to empower people to take control of their environment and live independently”

So we’d like to say thank you to everyone involved, especially Calderdale Council, for their forward thinking approach to working with people to support their independent living needs and wants.

Merran McRae, Chief Executive of Calderdale Council:
“Inspired by the Enabled by Design-athon events held in London, Washington DC and Sydney, we have worked with FutureGov and Enabled by Design to bring this innovative event to Halifax. The challenge to design products and technologies that are accessible for all gives us a space to think differently about how we support people with independent living. This event will change the way we work in the future”

The Enabled by Design-athon: #HacktheHome in Halifax will take place on 17th September.

Time’s running out to get involved, so register your interest here!