Designathon 2017 was a DesignSingapore Council initiative for designers, developers, entrepreneurs, students, healthcare workers and social service providers to collaborate and identify design solutions to enhance the lives persons with disabilities (PwDs) in Singapore.
Participants got a chance to design their own products for persons with disabilities, speak to mentors, work with Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs), and win from a prize pool of over $10,000!
DEsignathon Info Session
Tuesday, 20 December
The Info Session was the official beginning of the Designathon. Participants were introduced to the three broad challenge areas, and briefed about the procedure and requirements for making a submission.
Designathon Sharing session
Friday, 10 February
The Sharing Session was designed to give the teams some specific guidance on their ideas from the perspective of VWOs. After the welcome addresses, the 20 teams dispersed into breakout sessions according to their chosen challenges, where they were addressed by representatives from the VWOs.
Saturday, 11 February
The Masterclass at was specially arranged to provide an opportunity for us to evaluate the team's prototyping capabilities. Facilitators managed to help the teams in providing resources and advising on alternative prototyping solutions.
Designathon Day 1 & 2
Saturday, 18 & 25 February
The 20 teams consulted with expert mentors and built their prototype. 10 teams were shortlisted to present on the final pitch on the 2nd Day.
Best Business Model
Best Tech use
Many PwDs have the desire to manage their own lives, without caregivers.
How can they be empowered for greater independence?
PwDs want to know more people, but their disabilities often limit their contact and interaction.
How might they find ways to engage with the community?
PwDs often have difficulties getting a job due to stereotyping or lack of confidence from employers.
How might society and employers be enlightened for greater empathy and understanding for them?