Meet the speakers

Two weeks today, the Enabled by Design-athon will already be in full swing by now, bringing together an exciting bunch […]

Two weeks today, the Enabled by Design-athon will already be in full swing by now, bringing together an exciting bunch of people from our community (and beyond!); from designers to health and social care professionals to engineers and people who are happy to share their experiences and views on independent living. Kicking things off will be our five fabulous speakers sharing their expertise on all things hacking, making and fixing, open design, additive manufacturing (AKA 3D-Printing) and Design for All

Tom_Hulme, Design Director IDEO and Founder OpenIDEOTom Hulme (AKA @thulme) is Design Director for IDEO in London & Founded OpenIDEO, IDEO’s open innovation platform that won a 2011 Webby Award in the Community Category. OpenIDEO presently has over 36,000 users from more than 170 countries. The technology is now being applied to global clients to manage their own closed communities. Tom is a serial entrepreneur and now angel invests, his investments include Qriously, Llustre (now FAB), GoCardless, Fantasy Shopper & He is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and was listed in WIRED UK’s top 100 “digital power brokers”. A member of the advisory board of the Tech City Investment Organisation of the UK government, supporting the startup community in East London.

James Carrigan sugru

James Carrigan, who is clearly a fan of the “less is more” philosophy, describes himself as Co-founder of sugru (and Chief sugru Guru), as well as Co-founder of Fixperts, so please do follow the links to find out more : )

Rob Phillips (AKA @rob_dphillips) is a product designer interested in how design can facilitate engagement between communities and users. He has 10 years’ industrial experience of commercial and academic product design, including: mass manufacture, user engagement, user testing, prototyping and making. People are at the centre of his practice as they are one of the most important aspects for a product. He is currently working on his PhD at Brunel as part of an open design research group called Artefact Café, an active research group engaging with digital fabrication, brands, user-designers and live design workshops. The group is exploring the access to manufacturing in open design. His PhD is investigating the collaboration of open design, the current movement of self-fabrication, and citizen science, engaging people in communities for personal needs benefiting the masses.

robin wilson TSB

Robin Wilson is Lead Technologist for High Value Manufacturing at the Technology Strategy Board, bringing 35 years’ experience in technology development in Automotive Engineering, Systems and Manufacturing. After gaining a BSc in Mechanical Engineering, Robin pursued a career in Product Development, specialising in antilock brake systems and gaining his C-Eng, MIMechE. Robin has also pioneered digital mock-up and virtual reality techniques for concurrent product development. Since joining the Technology Strategy Board, Robin has engaged with companies across all areas of manufacturing, has been instrumental in setting up the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and has developed the board’s High Value Manufacturing Strategy for investing over £50m pa into innovative UK manufacturing technologies.

Denise Stephens, Founder of Enabled by DesignDenise Stephens (AKA @enabledby) is Founder of Enabled by Design (EbD), which is a social business and community of people who are passionate about design for all. We believe that good design can support people to live as independently as possible, by helping to make everyday living that little bit easier. EbD was inspired by Denise’s experiences following her diagnosis of relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2003. As she became more dependent on assistive technology, her world was slowly but surely transformed into an uninspirational palette of “NHS” grey and beige. Frustrated by the current one-size-fits-all ethos and wanting to make an immediate difference to other people’s lives, Denise had an idea…

A very big thank you to all of our speakers for agreeing to get involved, we’re certainly looking forward to hearing from you and we know the Enabled by Design community is too.

We hope to see you at the Enabled by Design-athon in two weeks time, so be there or be square! ; )

Team EbD 


* Update * Enabled by Design-athon: What’s on the agenda? Read more details here…