The Enabled by Design-athon Part 4: Share

On the afternoon of Saturday 3rd November, the Enabled by Design-athon concluded with the ‘Share’ section of this two-day event. Thirteen teams armed with […]

On the afternoon of Saturday 3rd November, the Enabled by Design-athon concluded with the ‘Share’ section of this two-day event. Thirteen teams armed with new products, pitched their projects to a panel of judges. Within 24 hours, teams had empathised, designed and built prototypes that looked to support people to live as independently as possible and help improve accessibility. But who would take home the coveted Enabled by Design 3D printed trophy?

To catch up with the first three parts of this blog series, you can click on the following links here: ‘The Enabled by Design-athon Talks’‘Part 1: Explore’ and ‘Part 2 & 3: Ideas & Making’.

The Enabled by Design-athon maker never rests and the morning of day two was dedicated to finalising concepts and prototypes. The Ravensbourne workshop was a hive of activity with the prototyping facilities, including 3D printers and CNC machines, working overtime. Quickly products were appearing and being iterated, rethinking the future of accessible products including cutlery, assistive technology and mobile phone apps. The standard of built and visualised ideas using a mix of digital and physical prototypes was exceptional. In 24 hours teams had truly demonstrated how products can rapidly be designed and built with people for people.

The afternoon made way for a show and tell session, where teams had five minutes (plus five minutes of questions) to impress a panel of judges in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style product pitch; with two teams going on to be awarded the Enabled by Design trophy. The first award for the ‘Judges’ Choice’ was chosen by representatives of the event Partners: IDEO, Technology Strategy Board, sugru, Ravensbourne, FutureGov and Enabled by Design. The second, the ‘People’s Choice Award’, was judged by eight people from the Enabled by Design community who’d taken part in the Enabled by Design-athon.

And the winners were…


The Judges’ Choice Award went to…

Paul’s Kettle

Brief: To design Paul’s next kettle

Team: Martin Brown, James Turner, James McBennett, Ian Guy, Milo Spisz, Manjul Rathee, Ben Foreman & Paul Carter

The team met Paul (AKA @juniorc0) on day one of the event in their ‘Whose life’ empathy activity. The observational activity and subsequent discussions with Paul over the two days led them to realise that he was a coffee fiend and his current kettle was used to within an inch of its life and more worryingly not used in it’s intended way. The solution: a functional, desirable kettle for Paul, which was also designed for all.

The team were praised for their user-centered approach to an iconic redesign. By involving the intended user at all stages of the design process, the final product was an elegant accessible solution which in turn appeals to a wider market.

Check out James Turner’s blog writeup of the ‘Paul’s Kettle’ experience here: Imagination experience labs

Photos: FutureGov @FutureGov

View the team’s presentation below:


The People’s Choice Award went to…

Safe House

Brief: The world’s first modular, DIY, fully retro-fittable home protection product

Team: Lottie BurnleyLydia HowlandOllie PoyntzRoss WhillisSheana Yu

The team’s inspiration came from their ‘Whose Life’ activity of Kay (87) and David (75), a married couple living in a Georgian farmhouse in Surrey. Although both still in good health and fiercely independent, their age makes them increasingly aware of their vulnerability, especially living in quite an isolated location. The solution: A smart-sticker system for windows and doors that detects when these are open / closed and talks to a central unit for at-a-glance peace of mind.

The project was praised for its mainstream appeal with a large scope for future applications such as home appliances. The security issue it tackles is not unique to just older people, but one that is relevant to everyone. The customisable, modular design also allows the user to build a fit-for-purpose system that meets their specific needs.

Photos: FutureGov @FutureGov

View the team’s presentation below:


We’ll be sharing all of the other projects in the next blog post, so see you then…

Team EbD